Hospital for Small Animals

About the Hospital for Small Animals

The Dick Vet provides routine and emergency care for dogs, cats, small mammals, birds and exotic animals.

We are one of the most advanced facilities in Scotland, and our staff have won multiple awards for excellence in clinical care. Encompassing a referral hospital and a general practice, we are home to a fantastic array of specialist services–including specialist cardiology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic, soft tissue surgery, oncology, neurology, dermatology, internal medicine and exotics clinics together with Emergency and Critical care. These admitting disciplines are supported by diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia, interventional radiography and physiotherapy services.

Our people

Our referral veterinary clinical disciplines are led by RCVS, American or European College Diploma holders who are recognised Specialists in their field. R(D)SVS staff regularly give talks at both national and international congress level, are actively involved in their Specialty Colleges and are recognised experts in their fields amongst their peers. Our staff often act as External Examiners at other UK vet schools and universities.

Our facilities

Our facilities are top class, and enable us to diagnose and treat a wide range of cases. We have state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners, and we use interventional radiography to perform minimally invasive surgeries. Our advanced radiotherapy suite enables us to deliver extremely targeted treatment to patients with cancer. We also have a plethysmography unit which enables us to assess the breathing of dogs with respiratory issues, such as French Bulldogs.

Our research

The School is involved in clinical research in many areas, and is home to a biobank (a revolutionary project investigating the genetic basis of common companion animal diseases). Our staff regularly publish work in peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as publications in the veterinary press. We regularly supervise undergraduate students doing clinical research projects.

Our teaching

We are involved in teaching all aspects of the undergraduate BVM&S programmes, from animal husbandry and handling in Year 1 to clinical rotations in final year.

The School is an approved Resident training centre for the European College of Vet Surgery, European College of Vet Internal Medicine (subspecialties: oncology, cardiology, internal medicine) European College of Vet Ophthalmology, European College of Vet Neurology, European College of Vet Diagnostic Imaging, and the European College of Vet Anaesthesia and Analgesia.