Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (Edinburgh University)
Edinburgh University offers a world renowned traditional/modern veterinary course hybrid. They aim to give you a variety of transferable skills such as communication, team-building and business management. This is a veterinary school that offers outstanding research-based teaching so if you are that way inclined, Edinburgh is a great veterinary school for you. Most notably, Edinburgh is widely known for its exceptional exotics department and facilities with strong links with the local Edinburgh Zoo therefore for those searching for a career in conservation or exotic clinical work Edinburgh University is a great place to start.
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- Traditional-modern mix
About the university Compare
|Phone number||+44(0)131 651 7300|
Years 1 and 2 consist of learning the core scientific aspects of veterinary medicine. This information is primarily communicated via lectures but wherever possible, the science will be presented in the context of its clinical relevance to give you a clear understanding of where it all leads. These opening years will also consist of sessions where you will be learning practical and clinical skills in preparation for the later years.
Years 3 to 5 will really introduce you to the clinical side of things, meaning you get an earlier introduction to this than most veterinary schools. These years consist of integrated clinical courses, each covering a different clinical area (i.e. dog and cat, farm animal etc.) Like all veterinary schools, year 5 consists of rotations.
|Course length||5 years|
|Courses offered||2 courses offered|
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (5 years).
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery graduate course. (4 years)
|Foundation or access||Yes The University of Edinburgh's Veterinary School is involved in a widening participation scheme in the form of 'Contextual Admissions'. Contact the university for more information or to see if you are eligible.|
During your time studying at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies you’ll be living in the beautiful, historical and cultured city of Edinburgh. You can expect a friendly atmosphere created by the locals as well as a fantastic veterinary medicine centre where you will spend the majority of your course since it contains almost everything you need as a vet student.
|Social life||Like Cambridge, Edinburgh has a fantastic comedic scene and is home to the famous annual ‘Edinburgh Fringe’ festival where you will encounter some of the country's most successful comedians as well as local and amateur comedians. This isn’t the only festival in Edinburgh so you can expect a lot of special entertainment throughout the year. In terms of night-life Edinburgh has its fair share of clubs, pubs and bars giving it a great party-scene reputation. In addition, if you’re more interested in a day out you will find some great spots of culture, heritage and arts. Finally, at the actual university you’ll be sure to find a suitable society or sport activity for you.|
|Interview dates||December and January|
|GSCE||All candidates must have Physics at GCSE/National 5 or equivalent.|
|A-level||Subjects required: Chemistry, Biology and one other subject approved for entry to the veterinary degree programme (www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/entry-requirements). |
Grades required: AAA
|Retake policy||No all grades must be achieved at the first attempt and in one set of exams.|
|Scottish highers||Subjects required: Biology, Chemistry and either Maths or Physics.|
Grades required: AAAAB to include A in Biology and A in Chemistry.
|Scottish advanced||Subjects required: Chemistry and another science subject.|
Grades required: BB
|IB||Subjects required: HL Chemistry, HL Biology and one other HL subject. If physics is not taken at SL or HL then competency in this subject must be demonstrated at a lower level.|
Grades required: 38 points.
6,6,6 minimum in HL Chemistry, HL Biology and other HL subject.
|Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)||Grades required: A 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent), in an appropriate biological or animal science subject which includes high grades in prerequisite subjects.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||Subjects required: Chemistry, Biology and either Maths or Physics.|
Grades required: Your application will be considered if you have passed or are predicted to pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with five HL subjects including Chemistry, Biology and either Mathematics or Physics at A and two further subjects at B.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||N/A|
|Birkbeck University Certificate of Higher Education in Subjects Allied to Medicine||N/A|
|Kite-marked level 3 Access course||N/A|
|Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate||N/A|
|Cambridge Pre-U||Biology, Chemistry and one other University-approved subject with D3 in each.|
|Work Experience||They do not ask for specific types or number of days/weeks for work experience as it depends, to some extent, on the opportunities available to individual candidates. However, the broader the experience, the better, but you should not gain experience to the detriment of your academic studies. You should however gain both veterinary practice and animal work experience.|
|Number of Places||107|
|Number of UK/EU applicants per place||14|
|Number of non-UK/non-EU applicants per place||6|