Veterinary Medicine & Surgery Degree (4 year)
Information on the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery 4 year programme
By studying towards a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree at the University of Edinburgh, you will achieve a world-class education and an internationally accredited qualification in a multi-cultural and thriving environment.
Widely and internationally accredited degree (RCVS, AVMA, EAEVE, AVBC, SAVC)
Consistently ranked as one of the top Vet School in the UK and overseas
High graduate employment rates (93%+)
£275m+ investment in state-of-the-art purpose-built campus facilities
Located on a campus with the highest concentration of animal science expertise in Europe
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S)
The degree is equivalent to a DVM and is widely and internationally accredited.
Firstly, we assess your application on the basis of academic and non-academic suitability to the programme. Selected candidates are then invited to attend an Assessment Day and offers are made on basis of performance at the Assessment Day.
We do not offer deferred entry so you will need to apply by 15th September (if applying through VMCAS) or 15th October (if applying through UCAS) of the year prior to your intended year of entry.
VMCAS (available to North American university students only)
Yr 1: Pre-clinical
An extended first year starting in early August in which students learn about the normal function of the animal body from the cell level to the entire organism. Clinical and professional skills are taught from the first year of the programme. Extra Mural Studies (EMS) are a key component of the degree and students are required to complete 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry placements by the end of the first year (up to 6 weeks can be completed prior to the start of the course).
Yrs 2-4: Clinical
Students learn about disease and treatment with species-specific integrated courses as well as learning about pathology, pharmacology and veterinary public health. Students are also required to complete 26 weeks of clinical EMS placements by the end of final year. Final year comprises clinical rotations in our on-site hospital facilities, giving students real-life exposure to the work they will be undertaking following graduation.
Applications to Veterinary Medicine need to be submitted earlier compared to other undergraduate courses in the UK.
North American students can apply through VMCAS by 15th September prior to their intended year of entry. No supplemental application is required.
All other applicants can apply through UCAS by 15th October prior to their intended year of entry. UCAS applicants will also need to submit a Work Experience Summary Form by 22nd October to complete your application to the University of Edinburgh.
You can choose up to four Veterinary Medicine degrees as part of your UCAS application, but we strongly recommend using your fifth choice as well, although this must be for a non- veterinary programme.