The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Study Abroad

The University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, is pleased to offer the Study Abroad Science Pathway with Veterinary Medicine Experience.

Veterinary Medicine Experience 2021

Regrettably, due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Veterinary Medicine Experience will not run in academic year 2021/22.

However, should you be studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in 2021/22, please do get in touch with us if you wish to visit Easter Bush Campus to learn more about our Veterinary Medicine programmes (subject to any restrictions in place at that time).

Contact details for the Undergraduate Admissions Office can be found at the bottom of the page.

For now, we invite you to explore our range of MOOCs:

Massive Open Online Courses

Course code: VESC07001


The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has teamed up with the College of Science and Engineering to provide you with a unique and challenging opportunity as part of your Study Abroad in Edinburgh programme. The Veterinary Medicine Experience will run every Wednesday afternoon for 10 weeks throughout semester one and is aimed at students currently undertaking a science major undergraduate degree. It will enable you to experience first-hand all of our research, teaching, clinical and farm facilities.
This pathway is designed for students who wish to study Veterinary Medicine after graduating.  Thanks to this pathway you will be able to gain intensive veterinary work experience at the world renowned Easter Bush Campus, located in the area with the largest concentration of animal science expertise in Europe and incorporating the Roslin Institute, Equine, Farm, Small and Exotic Animal Practices, School of Veterinary Medicine teaching facilities, the University farms and the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security.
Students enjoying the rare scottish sunshine
The Veterinary Medicine Experience will offer practical classes in the following areas: 
  • Small Animal Practice, Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging
  • Veterinary clinical skills
  • Exotic Animal Practice
  • Farm Animal Hospital and a visit to Langhill Dairy Farm
  • Equine Hospital, equine first aid and large animal clinical skills
  • Introduction to Pathology 
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Sustainability and Food Production

Prospective students

To be considered for the Study Abroad Science Pathway with Veterinary Medicine Experience, you must be an International Exchange and Study Abroad student studying a Science/Animal Science major undergraduate degree at your home institution.
There are only 20 places available, so register your interest as soon as possible to take part in this experience.

When can I study at Edinburgh?

For this particular pathway you can study at Edinburgh for the autumn semester (September – December). 
Your time at Edinburgh may count towards your final degree at your home institution for the modules you undertake at the College of Science and Engineering. However, there are no credits involved in the 10 week veterinary rotation at Easter Bush, this is simply an opportunity for you to gain work experience, network and work with some of the best researchers and clinicians in the field.
You can request a transcript of your time at Edinburgh detailing all the courses you have taken and this can be sent to your home institution. You can find out more about this here
For full details of courses available, entry requirements, tuition fees and how to apply, please visit the University-wide information on Study Abroad.
Students enjoying the sunshine at Edinburgh Castle

Studying veterinary medicine at Edinburgh

There is also the option to return to Edinburgh after graduating from your first degree. We offer a 4 year Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) leading to a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S). This is equivalent to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and accredited world-wide, allowing our graduates to practice in the UK, the rest of Europe, North America, South Africa, Australasia and beyond. 
For a GEP application, we will consider a good GPA of 3.4 or above on a 4 point scale (equivalent to a 2.1 Honours degree) in your first Undergraduate degree, with good grades in the following subject areas:
  • Biology/Zoology
  • Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Mathematics/Statistics
In addition, the following subject areas would strengthen a GEP application:
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Cellular Biology

For full details on entry requirements and how to apply please visit: Graduate Entry Programme


If you have any questions about your Study Abroad application or about continuing your studies with us, please contact us.

Undergraduate Admissions

  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • The University of Edinburgh

Contact details



The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Campus

Post Code
EH25 9RG