We're proud to combine a strong history with cutting-edge teaching, clinical practice and research.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, founded in 1823 by William Dick, is recognised as an international leader in veterinary education, research and practice, and is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the United Kingdom and globally.
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
- Located 7 miles south of the beautiful city of Edinburgh
The School is a one-of-a-kind centre of excellence in clinical activity, teaching and research. Our purpose-built campus, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, is home to more than eight hundred staff and almost fourteen hundred students, all of whom contribute to our exceptional community ethos. It comprises:
- The Roslin Institute
- The Hospital for Small Animals
- Equine Veterinary Services
- Farm Animal Services
- Easter Bush Pathology
- The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education
- The Roslin Innovation Centre
- The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security
We represent the largest concentration of animal science related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities in terms of economic growth, the provision of clinical services and the advancement of scientific knowledge. All of these factors allow us to continue to attract the highest calibre of teaching staff, scientists and clinicians in order to foster and enhance our collaborative environment, which sustains and expands our links with partners and industry.
We are proud to count among our staff some of the most distinguished veterinary professionals and academics in the world, and offer our students an exceptional teaching experience. Our National Student Survey score in 2019 was 96.4% student satisfaction overall, with 98% teaching satisfaction. Our teaching takes place on a purpose-built campus, with top-of-the-range classroom, clinical, research and study facilities. You will learn in modern environments designed to fit your needs, including three working veterinary practices.
Our world-class research division, the Roslin Institute, rose to international fame in 1996 when Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and colleagues created Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. We undertake cutting-edge basic and translational science to tackle some of the most pressing issues in animal health and welfare, their implications for human health and the role of animals in the food chain. We place a major emphasis on conducting high-quality research and attracting world-class talent. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), veterinary and agricultural research at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was ranked as the most powerful in the UK. Three-quarters of our research was classified ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is home to three clinical practices with hospitals attached, each distinguished in its excellence and committed to providing the very best clinical care to patients. Our clinical facilities offer patients and students alike an unparalleled experience due to our staff, facilities and bench-to-bedside research.