How to apply
All applications for admission should be made either through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) or the Veterinary Medical Colleges Admissions System (VMCAS).
All applications can be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Undergraduate Courses At University And College (UCAS)
North American university applicants may choose to apply through the Veterinary Medical Colleges Admissions System (VMCAS).
Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
Application Deadlines (2024 Entry)
|UCAS applications||Deadline for your|
|16 October 2023||Application|
|22 October 2023||WES Form (University of Edinburgh requirement)|
|VMCAS applications||Deadline for your|
|18 September 2023||
Application - no supplemental or GRE score required
You can view entry requirements for each programme via the links below.
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Five-year programme)
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Graduate entry programme)
Qualification: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (Hons)
UCAS code: D100
Institution Code: E56
Study Mode: Five years full-time
Course Location: Easter Bush Campus, Edinburgh EH25 9RG
You can apply to four veterinary medicine courses at most but we recommend that you also use your fifth course choice. This should be for a subject you also have an interest in.
Your personal statement should describe your relevant practical experience and its duration. Your personal statement should also give us an idea of your skills, achievements, motivation and hobbies, which are important factors when assessing your application.
An academic reference is also required and your referee can include any details that exceeded the personal statement character limit (4000 characters).
Following submission of your UCAS application, you will receive access to the University of Edinburgh's MyEd Portal. You will receive email instructions for how to log in.
To complete your application with the University of Edinburgh, you should then submit a Work Experience Summary (WES) Form and upload it to your MyEd portal by 22 October. Applications submitted without a WES will be considered incomplete.
How to upload your WES to your MyEd portal
References in support of work experience undertaken are not required. A conditional offer may include evidence of relevant experience as a pre-condition for entry to the course.
We no longer require a GRE score as part of the application and we do not require any supplemental documents or applications.
We will take your Veterinary and Animal Experience into account to assess your work experience. References in support of work experience undertaken are not required. A conditional offer may include evidence of relevant experience as a pre-condition for entry to the course.
Although you can add more, we require at least one academic letter of recommendation from your most recent place of study. Please make sure this is added to the Evaluations section of your application.
All UCAS candidates are required to submit a Work Experience Summary Form (WES) by 22 October. The Form does not have a character limit (as opposed to the UCAS personal statement) and you can include details of your duties and responsibilities for each experience listed.
You should gain as much and as varied practical work experience as possible, which could include time spent in:
- 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.
After submitting the Form online, you will receive a copy via email. You will need to upload this to your MyEd portal. You will have access to MyEd following submission of your UCAS application.
How to upload your WES to your MyEd portal
If you meet our entry requirements and present a competitive application, you will be selected to attend an interview between December and March. Offers are then made on the basis of performance at interview.
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. Enrolment is subject to Health Clearance.
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)
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 to the page below.