How to apply

All applications for admission should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

For further information and guidance on our Admissions Policy including equal opportunities, candidates with a disability, health issues and/or allergy and the University's Admissions Principles please refer here:

BVM&S Admissions Policy


All applications for admission should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

North American graduate applicants may choose to apply through the Veterinary Medical Colleges Admissions System (VMCAS).

Application Deadline

UCAS applications:

15 October - deadline for applications

22 October - deadline for WES submission

VMCAS applications:

17 September - deadline for applications

17 September - deadline for GRE scores (0917 institution code, 0617 department code)


Watch the video below for a step by step guide to your UCAS application

Work Experience Summary (WES) - All UCAS applicants

All UCAS candidates are required to complete and return a Work Experience Summary form (WES) to the Admissions Office prior to the deadline of 22 October.

You should gain as much and as varied as practical work experience as possible, which should include time spent on:

  • Seeing veterinary practice, both large and small animal if possible.
  • Livestock farms - dairying and lambing are particularly useful.
  • Other animal establishments, such as zoos, kennels, catteries, wildlife centres, pig farms, poultry farms and stables.
  • A day at an abattoir is recommended but not demanded.

We encourage experience gained in veterinary or medical laboratories to help you appreciate the scientific basis of veterinary medicine.

We do not ask for specific types or the number of days/weeks required for work experience as it depends, to some extent, on the opportunities available to individual candidates.

The broader the experience, the better but you should not gain experience to the detriment of your academic studies.


Watch the video below for a guide to the WES Form and Academic Transcripts

Application process

You should describe your relevant practical experience together with its duration in the personal statement section of your UCAS form. Your personal statement gives us an idea of your skills, achievements and motivation, which are important factors in assessing your application.

On application and once you have received access to the University of Edinburgh's EUCLID Portal, you should complete and submit a Work Experience Summary (WES) form. This should then be uploaded to your EUCLID portal following the instructions provided by 22 October. Applications submitted without a WES will be considered incomplete.

Online work experience summary (WES) form

Please note that applications submitted without a WES will be considered incomplete.

References in support of work experience undertaken are no longer required at the application stage but may be requested if called for interview.

A conditional offer may include evidence of relevant experience as a pre condition for entry to the course.


Watch the video below for a guide to the interview and offer stages


Watch the video below for a recap of the key steps in the application process timeline

Additional Tests

Note that the following tests are NOT required for candidates applying to the BVM&S programmes at the University of Edinburgh:

  • BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
  • UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT)

Health Questionnaire

All applicants with an Unconditional Firm offer will be required to complete the health questionnaire prior to entry to the programme regardless of whether a disability or health condition was declared on application or not, and enrolment is subject to Health Clearance.