The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS)

The Dick Vet offers several MOOCS.

do you have what it takes

In July 2012 the University of Edinburgh joined the Coursera consortium. Coursera offers short online courses, called Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs. They are presented by top universities and in a range of subjects, all entirely free of charge.

The Dick Vet was one of the first schools within the University to offer a MOOC, and now offers three MOOCs:



Virtual Work Experience and Exploring the Veterinary Profession

A free online course has been developed by UK Vet Schools to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on applicants' work experience. The course is two weeks long and aimed at prospective undergrduates veterinary medicine applicants. 

Learn what it takes to become a vet and explore the challenges of the vet profession to decide if it's the right career for you.

Find out more and enrol

EDIVET: ‘Do you have what it takes to be a veterinarian?'

This course provides a basic overview of what is involved in the first year of a Veterinary Medicine degree. Over five weeks, the course covers information on the profession’s past, present and future, as well as an introduction to body systems, basic animal care, and veterinary professional and clinical skills.

Sign up page for EDIVET: Do you have what it takes to be a veterinarian?

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

This course allows learners to develop an understanding of some of the main welfare issues that animals have to cope with, as well as gaining an insight into the behavioural needs and the emotions of dogs, cats, farmed animals and captive wildlife.

Sign up page for Animal Behaviour and Welfare

The Truth About Cats and Dogs

What is your cat revealing to you when she purrs? What is your dog expressing when he yawns or wags his tail? Understanding your cat and dog’s behaviour and the way they communicate with you, will enable you to better understand their needs and strengthen your relationship with them.

Sign up page for The Truth About Cats and Dogs

Chicken Behaviour and Welfare

The course looks at the behavioural and physiological indicators that can be used to assess welfare in chickens kept in hobby flocks through to commercial farms. The focus is primarily on laying hens and meat chickens (broilers) although many of the principles are relevant to other types of poultry. The course is likely to be of interest to people who own chickens as pets or keep a small hobby flock, commercial egg and chicken meat producers, veterinarians and vet nurses.

Sign up for Chicken Bahaviour and Welfare

Sustainable Global Food Systems

How do we feed 11 billion people? Discover the importance of sustainable #foodsystems globally with our new online course Sustainable Global Food Systems on @edXOnline. Learn for free or upgrade for the opportunity to earn a certificate #foodsecurity Join:

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