University of Edinburgh Royal Dick Veterinary School

Royal Dick Veterinary School provides an exceptional veterinary education using an award winning curriculum, advanced teaching methods and an interdisciplinary environment, for both their undergraduate and postgraduate students. According to their official website, “The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies was founded in 1823 by William Dick. He was an outstanding practitioner who made great strides in establishing veterinary education in Scotland. Besides setting up the School in 1823, he was appointed Veterinary Surgeon in Scotland to Queen Victoria in 1844. By the time of his death in 1866, the 818 students he had taught were to be found throughout the world. Among them were the founders of veterinary schools in Glasgow, Liverpool, Ireland, Canada, the USA and Australia.”

University of Edinburgh Royal Dick Veterinary School


BVM&S Admissions Office
Phone: +44 0131-651-7305
Fax: +44 0131-650-6585
Email: [email protected]

Royal Dick Veterinary School
The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Veterinary Center
Roslin EH25 9RG
Scotland, UK


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 2nd.

2. GRE or MCAT
GRE scores are required. The scores must be received by November 1 for 2014

3. Total Tuition Cost
Based on 2014-2015 tuition rates for the DVM degree:

Residents of the UK, who do not hold a first degree, are mainly government-funded

5 Year Tuition Cost: £142,250

4 Year Tuition Cost: £113,800

International: £28,450 (fixed for the full duration of the course)

4. Accreditation
Royal Dick Veterinary School was given full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next evaluation is scheduled for 2015.

5. School History
The Royal Dick Veterinary School was established in 1823 
by William Dick, a former student of the anatomist John Barclay of the College of Surgeons. The school was originally called the Highland Society’s Veterinary School and was the first veterinary school in Scotland.


Admissions Information

1. Evaluation criteria

Academic performance

• GRE scores
• Personal statement
• Animal/veterinary experience
• Recommendation/Evaluations
• Motivation

2. Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 2)

• 1 Veterinary Surgeon
• 1 Academic Science Source



• VMCAS application deadline: October 2
• GRE Scores: November 1
• Receptions: early February (held in the United States)
• Acceptances mailed: early April
• Experience: July 1
• School starts: mid-September or early August (for Graduate Entry Programme entrants)

Before you Apply

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed. There are different requirements for those applicants with a degree and those who do not. 

They offer two undergraduate programs depending on your academic background.


5-Year BVM&S Programme: 

Pre-requisite Course Requirements

• Chemistry (2 semesters )
• Biology (1 semester)
• Physics and/or Mathematics (1 semester)

For this program, applicants should have completed a minimum of at least two years of a pre-veterinary or science course at college or university. All applicants also should have gained high grades in the science subjects, specifically chemistry. United States applicants are required to have an overall minimum GPA of 3.4, with greater than 3.0 in science courses. Applicants with a non-science degree would be considered for first year entry to the 5-year BVM&S programme, 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)


Required Experience
Veterinary and Animal Experience

A specific amount of veterinary medical experience is not required but highly recommended. Relevant experience should include seeing veterinary practice and also spending time on animal establishments.


Degrees Offered

• MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
• MSc in Equine Science
• MSc in Animal Bioscience
• MSc in One Health
• MVetSci in Conservation Medicine
• MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law