Edinburgh Interview

The aim of veterinary school selection is to select those with the best combination of aptitude for veterinary medicinal training and academic ability.


The aim of selection interviews is to measure that aptitude as part of a holistic assessment of candidates.


Edinburgh-based interviews

The Edinburgh BVM&S interview format is a form of multiple mini interview. The interview will be a series of seven 10 minute stations with an interviewer at five of the seven stations. Two of the stations will be unstaffed. A welcome talk, tour and an opportunity to chat informally with current students is also included during the afternoon. Candidates will be asked to arrive at Easter Bush Campus at around 12.30pm and will be finished by 5pm. Please allow plenty of time to get to and from the Campus. You will find details on travelling to and from the Campus here:

International interviews

For international mutiple mini interviews, the format will be similar apart from a tour of the campus and rather than current students, there will be alumni of the School available to chat to. Candidates are welcome to contact the Admissions Team if they would prefer to be interviewed in Edinburgh or would like us to organise an individual tour of the campus for them at a later date.

Mini Interviews

There are seven stations:

  • Work Experience
  • Career Exploration and Awareness of being a Professional
  • Scientific Data Interpretation
  • Awareness of Animal Welfare
  • Moral and Ethical Dilemma
  • Practical Manual Task
  • Numeracy (pen/paper only. No calculators or electronic devices permitted)

Interview Dates for 2020 entry

A series of interview sessions are normally arranged between December and March each year. The Admissions Team aim to get in touch with candidates invited to attend an interview no less than 3 weeks prior to their interview date if arranged in Edinburgh. Please note, the Team will aim to give as much notice as possible to those candidates selected for an interview at an overseas location.

Interview dates not marked with "International/Graduate candidates only" are reserved for candidates called for interview within the Scottish, EU and Rest of UK fees status categories and who have applied for one of our funded or partially funded places.

Location Date  
Edinburgh 4 December 2019  
Edinburgh 11 December 2019


Edinburgh 15 January 2020 International/Graduate candidates only
Kuala Lumpur 18 & 19 January 2020 International/Graduate candidates only
Singapore 20, 21 & 23 January 2020 International/Graduate candidates only
Edinburgh 22 January 2020 International/Graduate candidates only
San Francisco 2 - 4  February 2020 International/Graduate candidates only
New York 7 - 11 February 2020 International/Graduate candidates only
Edinburgh 5 February 2020  
Edinburgh 12 February 2020  
Edinburgh 19 Feburary 2020  


Each interviewer assesses candidates independently. The evaluation from all interviewers and from the two unstaffed stations are considered and offers made on the overall assessment of each candidate in comparison with the performance of other candidates assessed during our interview process.


Candidates applying for a funded place (Scottish, RUK, EU)

All decisions as to who receives an offer are made once all interviews have been completed (normally between January-March). If candidates are applying to more than one vet school, institutions aim to make decisions by 31st March each year and candidates have until early May to respond via UCAS Track.

Candidates applying for an international or graduate place

All decisions will be made as soon after interview as possible to enable international and graduate applicants to arrange a visit to Edinburgh if required prior to responding to an offer of a place.

Adverse weather conditions and travelling to your interview.

Provided the School and University remain open and running we will run the planned interviews in Edinburgh. However, the decision to travel is down to the individual. Whether you are attending your interview in Edinburgh or in one of our overseas locations, weather conditions may be very different in your area and conditions can change very quickly.  Most importantly you must not risk your personal safety.  Therefore, if there are predicted adverse weather conditions and travel advisories please contact us as soon as possible. We will work to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged due to weather-related travel disruption affecting attendance at interview. 

Similarly, if interviews need to be cancelled due to campus closures at Edinburgh, we will do our best to make a decision as early as possible, within the limitations of the unpredictability of local weather conditions. 


The School is willing to offer feedback to candidates on the outcome of their own assessment. Please note, however, that whilst candidates will be aware of their own performance they inevitably have no insight into the performance of the many others against whom they are competing.