Veterinary Medicine & Surgery Degree (5 year)
Information on the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery 5 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%+)
£300m+ investment in state-of-the-art purpose-built campus facilities
Located on a campus with one of the highest concentrations of animal science expertise in Europe
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S)
The degree is equivalent to a DVM and is internationally accredited by RCVS, AVMA, EAEVE, AVBC and SAVC.
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 through UCAS by 15th October of year prior to your intended year of entry.
Yrs 1-2: Pre-clinical
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 second year.
Yrs 3-5: 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.
Understanding which fee category applies to you is an important step in deciding if the course if right for you.
- UK nationals applying for Veterinary Medicine from high school will receive full or partial funding to cover their tuition fees.
- International students, including students from the EU with the exception of those from the Republic of Ireland, are considered at the full fee rate.
- Students with a prior degree are also considered at the full fee rate regardless of nationality or domicile. The tuition fee is fixed for the duration of the programme according to the year of entry fee.
Applications to Veterinary Medicine need to be submitted earlier compared to other undergraduate courses in the UK.
Applications need to be submitted through UCAS by 16th October prior to your intended year of entry. You 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 application but we strongly recommend using your fifth choice as well, although this must be for a non- veterinary programme.
Please clearly state on your UCAS application the subjects and grades you have achieved to date and those which are outstanding. You will also need to submit an academic reference, which should include any outstanding predicted grades. Without this information, your application will be regarded as incomplete and will not be considered.
What should my academic reference include:
The use of AI software, such as ChatGPT, to write personal statements for your application will be considered cheating and will be flagged by the application system. Therefore, whilst you may be able to use AI software to help start and structure your personal statement, we strongly advise you to write your own to ensure it is personal to you. UCAS have provided a guide on the use of AI and ChatGPT which you can find below:
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