University of Edinburgh

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

BVM&S Admissions Office
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Veterinary Centre
Roslin EH25 9RG
Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 7305
Fax: +44 (0)131 650 6585


The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies was founded by William Dick in 1823, and sits within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. The School is a recognized world leader in veterinary education, research and clinical practice. The BVM&S degree is accredited by the The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS); The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), The South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) and The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), allowing our graduates to practice veterinary medicine throughout the United Kingdom, North America, Europe, Australasia and beyond.

Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh mixes the best of tradition with award winning, progressive teaching. Clinical and professional skills are taught from the earliest stages. Our approach is to ensure optimum integration of the core subjects throughout the curriculum. While many of our graduates enter and remain within the veterinary profession, many others find that training at Edinburgh enables them to succeed in a wide range of careers in research, government, private enterprise and academia.

The Easter Bush campus houses the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies which incorporates The Roslin Institute, Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education and the Veterinary Oncology and Imaging Centre. The Roslin Institute (now the research arm of the Veterinary School) is an animal sciences research institute, which won international fame in 1996, when Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and their colleagues created Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell.

Within the University of Edinburgh, there are over 260 student societies – more than any other university in the UK – covering everything from juggling to horse riding to volunteering, which can cater to your interests. Our sports, music and drama facilities are ranked among the best in the UK.

Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, is an historic, cosmopolitan and cultured city, which offers a unique living and learning experience. One of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the city of Edinburgh is regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world and has been rated the “friendliest city in the UK”. This cosmopolitan, safe and welcoming atmosphere encourages all students to feel at home very quickly. With a population of around 500,000, Edinburgh is a compact city, which is easy to travel around on foot or by the efficient public transport network. Edinburgh International Airport has an extensive range of national and international services with direct flights to most major cities in Europe and to a number of major cities worldwide. Many students also take the opportunity to travel around Europe during vacation periods, or even for the weekend, as there are many cheap flight options available from Edinburgh.

For more information on our Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree programs, refer to the following link


For specific application information on availability, key deadlines, fees, VMCAS participation and more, refer to the following link alternatively feel free to contact us directly by email at

Residency implications: For full details and further information on entry to the UK, please refer to Please note that students must be able to ensure adequate financial support for the duration of their course.



VMCAS application deadline: September 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

GRE scores deadline: October 1, 2018 12 Midnight Eastern Time

Interviews: early to mid-February (held in the U.S.)

Date acceptances mailed: early April at the latest

School begins: early August (4-year Graduate Entry Program), early September (5-year program)

Deposit (to hold place in class): £1,500, required by early May

Deferments: Not applicable. Candidates are not required to submit a supplemental application.

Full details of Edinburgh’s application calendar is available here:


Academic performance

GRE scores

Animal/veterinary experience

Personal statement


References/Evaluations (minimum 2 required – one from academic science source and one from a veterinary surgeon)



Graduate Entry (Undergraduate degree-holders or in senior year of degree)

Candidates with a degree (or in their senior year) in an appropriate Biological or Animal Science degree may be considered for the 4-year BVM&S program (Graduate Entry Program). All applicants are required to have completed the required prerequisite courses for the program. US applicants should have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.4 (4 point scale), with greater than 3.0 in science courses. The School also welcomes applications from candidates with an alternative degree who have also completed the required prerequisites. Candidates with a non-science degree would normally be considered for the 5-year BVM&S program. However, if candidates have the specified prerequisites, they may be considered for the 4-year program.


Candidates with two years of a pre-vet will be considered for the 5-year BVM&S program. An overall GPA of 3.4 (4 point scale) is expected. All applicants are required to have completed the required prerequisite courses for the program. Further information about Edinburgh’s prerequisites for the BVM&S program is available here:

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? yes (4-year GEP), no (5-year)

Is this an International Schoo l? yes


Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: £30,800 per annum, fixed for the duration of the program


Resident: 72

Non-Resident: 98


Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required. The scores must be received by October 1 for 2019 entry. Applicants should ensure they take the GRE early enough for scores to be received before the deadline.

Note that the following tests are NOT required for candidates applying to the BVM&S programs at the University of Edinburgh:

• BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

• UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

• Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

• Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT)

VMCAS Participation: partial

Accepts International Students? yes


For up-to-date information on fees and all further information regarding admission to the School, please visit our website