University of Edinburgh
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, established in 1823, was the first veterinary school in Scotland, and the second to be established in the UK. The long-standing involvement of Edinburgh with veterinary education, where tradition is mixed with cutting-edge veterinary teaching, benefits from a closely-knit collegial community of “Dick” vet students. As one of only 15 international vet schools with AVMA accreditation, the veterinary degree course at Edinburgh (BVM&S) provides an excellent foundation for a subsequent career in veterinary practice or one of the many related career opportunities, such as biomedical research. The academic and research environment in Edinburgh is internationally recognized for encouraging excellence in a broad base of teaching and learning. The School is based at the Easter Bush one-site campus approximately 7 miles south of the city.
The city of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is one of Europe’s most handsome cities. The beauty of its setting and its architecture, allied with its intellectual traditions, have earned the title of “Athens of the North” for what is still a compact city of some 500,000 people. It is a city of noted buildings, fine gardens, and open spaces, including Holyrood Park—one of the largest city center natural parks in Europe—and Princes Street Gardens, between the Old and New Towns. The city offers students a rich mix of academic, social and allied facilities—libraries, museums and art galleries, concert halls, theaters and cinemas. The city has easy access to coastline, lochs, mountains and countryside, with ready-made opportunities for open-air sports and recreation. Further details on the BVM&S degree programme, the School and its facilities can be found by visiting http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/vet
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.
Residency implications: For full details and further information on entry to the UK, please refer to http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk. Please note that students must be able to ensure adequate financial support for the duration of their course. Candidates are not required to submit a supplemental application.
Prerequisites for Admission
5-Year BVM&S Programme:
Applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of at least 2 years of a preveterinary or science course at college or university. A minimum of one year (2 semesters or 3 terms) in chemistry, and additional courses in biology, physics and/or mathematics are required. All applicants are required to have gained high grades in the science subjects, especially chemistry. U.S. applicants should have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.4 (4-point scale), with greater than 3.0 in science courses which have been completed.
Those candidates with a non-science degree would be considered for first year entry to the 5-year BVM&S course, provided they have gained high grades in the science subjects, including chemistry and biology.
4-Year Graduate Entry Programme:
Candidates who have studied and will complete a degree in an appropriate biological science may be considered for the 4-year BVM&S programme (Graduate Entry Programme).
Required undergraduate GPA: 3.4 with greater than 3.0 in science courses (on 4.0-point scale)
Course completion deadline: all required courses should be completed prior to August of the year of admission.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) general test is required. The scores must be received by November 1 for 2014 entry. Applicants should ensure they take the GRE early enough for scores to be received by the deadline.
Additional requirements and considerations
Applicants are also expected to have gained relevant practical work experience with handling animals. This should, where possible, include not only seeing veterinary practice, but also spending time on livestock farms and other animal establishments.
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Receptions: early–mid-February (held in the U.S.)
Date acceptances mailed: early April at the latest
School begins: mid-September or early August (for GEP entrants)
Deposit (to hold place in class): £1,500, required by early May
Deferments: Not applicable
References/Evaluations (minimum 2 required—one from academic science source and one from a veterinary surgeon)
2011-2012 admissions summary (for entry in 2012)*
Number of Applicants
Number of New Entrants
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year*
Tuition and fees
Resident residents of the UK, who do not hold a first degree, are primarily government-funded
International £27,900 (fixed for duration of course)
Page Updated: March/20/2013