The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

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.

MMI process and Covid-19 - updated 9 February 2021

2021 entry applicants

Recognising the uncertainty about safely hosting large-scale events in the coming months, those applying in the 2020-21 cycle will be interviewed online.  

A series of interview sessions will be arranged between November 2020 and March 2021. We aim to get in touch with candidates invited to attend interview no less than 1 week prior to their interview date. The remaining interview dates are listed below. 

February Interviews

  • Wednesday 17 February 2021
  • Tuesday 23 February 2021
  • Thursday 25 February 2021

March Interviews

  • Monday, 1 March 2021 


The aim of the interview is to measure aptitude for veterinary medicinal training as part of a holistic assessment of candidates.


The interview format is a form of Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). This will be hosted through the University's secure Zoom platform and candidates will receive instructions on how to take part in advance of their interview session.  We strongly recommend using a laptop or desktop computer rather than a mobile device for best experience. We also recommend ensuring candidates have a stable internet connection on the day.

An initial welcome talk and Q&A opportunity will be followed by three 12 minute interview stations with a short break between each. Each candidate will be individually interviewed at each of these stations. 

Download the Zoom Client app

Run a test on Zoom prior to your interview


If you have issues accessing the Zoom app, you will also be able to participate in your interview through a web browser. 

Multiple Mini Interviews

There are three interview stations:

  • Work Experience
  • Career Exploration and Awareness of being a Professional
  • Awareness of Animal Welfare

In addition to the above, candidates will also complete an online Additional Skills task independently and separately from the three interview stations. Further guidance on this will be provided. 


Each interviewer assesses candidates independently. The evaluations from all interviewers and from the Additional Skills task 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.


Decisions on offers are made once the interviews for each fee category have been completed (normally January-March).


If candidates hear back from all institutions applied to by 20th May, they have until 10th June to respond via UCAS Track. International and graduate applicants will also need to pay a £1,500.00 deposit by 10th June. This deposit is only refundable if a candidate changes their mind about studying with us within 14 days of payment or they fail to meet the conditions of their offer.


Candidates will need to respond to their offer via email and pay a £1,500.00 deposit by 10th May. This deposit is only refundable if a candidate changes their mind about studying with us within 14 days of payment or they fail to meet the conditions of their offer.


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