The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies


Each course (elsewhere often called ‘modules’) of the taught element is delivered in 2 blocks of 5 weeks of study with a week of independent study and reflection time in between.

The courses are delivered in three 11-week terms from September-June.

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Year 1

Core courses

  • Principles of Animal Behaviour (* Core – 20 Credits)
  • Clinical Animal Behaviour (* Core – 20 Credits)

Year 2

Core courses

  • Advanced Clinical Animal Behaviour Practice (*Core – 20 Credits)

Years 1-5

Elective courses from this programme

  • Anthrozoology (20 Credits)

Elective courses from selected programmes

  • Cat and Dog Welfare (20 Credits)
  • Equitation Science (20 Credits)
  • International Animal Welfare Science (20 Credits)
  • Equine Behaviour and Welfare (20 Credits)
  • Captive and Free Ranging Animal Welfare (20 Credits)
  • Animal Ethics, Policy and Law (20 Credits)
  • Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine in Clinical Practice (10 credits)
  • Chronic Pain and Advanced Analgesic Principles (10 credits)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis (10 credits)
  • Financial Accounting for your Business (10 credits)
  • Budgeting and Costing in Business (10 credits)
  • Professional and Clinical Skills for Advanced Veterinary Practice (10 credits)
  • Ethics in Anaesthesia and Analgesia (10 credits)

Years 3 - 6

Dissertation element (must be written within a 12 month period)


Course availability

Although all courses are offered, we will not be able to guarantee that all courses will be available to all students, each year. This will be dependent upon numbers of students and availability of places on non-programme owned courses. Some electives may only be available to students with a veterinary or veterinary nursing background.