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The University of Edinburgh

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, founded in 1823 by William Dick. The School is recognised a world leader in veterinary education, research and practice. The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the UK, delivering internationally excellent teaching and research. The Institute 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.
The five-year undergraduate degree is our main route into veterinary medicine. The five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) degree will prepare you for many aspects of the veterinary profession. Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh mixes the best of tradition with award winning, progressive teaching. The school offers a broad curriculum where students with engage with large animals, small companions, exotics and wildlife. By having a clear understanding of many different species it allows our students to become flexible, thus more desirable, within the working world.
The School is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), allowing our graduates to practice veterinary medicine throughout the UK, Europe, North America, Australasia and beyond.

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Please note that these are the minimum entry requirements necessary in order to be considered eligible for entry to the course. Achievement of these requirements does not guarantee entry to the course.

  • A. A levels Curriculum

    Three A levels: AAA in Chemistry, Biology and one other subject approved for entry to the veterinary degree programme.

    If Physics has not been studied to A level, a good pass at GCSE is required.
    We do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as a third subject.

    AS modules
    Resits of AS level modules are acceptable. In order to be considered candidates must be predicted to gain our minimum entry requirements in A2 subjects. Only candidates who gain or are predicted to gain our minimum entry requirements within the normal 2-year period for A level examinations will be considered.

  • b. Cambridge Pre-U Diploma Curriculum

    D3, D3, D3 (or a combination of D3 and A level grade A) in Chemistry, Biology and one other University-approved subject.

  • c. International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

    International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IDBP) – The minimum entry requirement is 38 points. This must include: Higher level in Chemistry, Biology and either Maths or Physics 766 or better in all higher level subjects with 7 in Chemistry. Where Higher level Maths or Physics is not possible, another subject at Higher level may be accepted, subject to approval. In this case, you will also need 6 at Standard level in Maths or Physics. If Physics does not form part of the IB Diploma, candidates must also provide evidence of a qualification at a minimum SQA standard Grade 2 or GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.

  • d. American Curriculum

    Advanced Placements (APs) – 3 Aps required all at 4 or above in Chemistry, Biology and either Maths/Physics. If Physics has not been studied as part of the AP examinations, candidates must also provide evidence of a qualification at a minimum of SQA Standard Grade 2 or GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.

  • e. UAE government curriculum

    For Veterinary Medicine we expect students to achieve the required grades within one sitting. Applicants with the Tawjihiyya (Secondary School Certificate) will be required to complete a foundation year.

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For those who do not use English as their first language must show evidence of meeting the University’s standard. They must complete one of the following English language qualifications.

  • IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 7.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 100 or above with 23 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 185 with 185 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each “Communicative Skills” section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

If you have an alternative qualification please contact the admissions team for further guidance.


We 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.

You should gain as much and as varied practical work experience as possible, which could include time spent:

  • Observations of veterinary practice with both large and small animals.
  • Responsibilities given within animal establishments. For example, zoos, kennels, catteries and wildlife centres.
  • Basic practice within medical laboratories which will provide a foundation for your studies in veterinary medicine.

Please note: the above are suggestions and ideas for work experience. This is not a checklist and achieving all these placements is not a requirement.

As part of the application process all candidates are required to complete and return a Work Experience Summary (WES) form.

Dubai Equine Hospital has agreed to assist 2016/17 applicants by providing work experience opportunities for shortlisted scholarship candidates.


All applicants are expected to complete a mini multiple interview (MMI). These sessions of interviews are usually conducted between December and March. As part of the interview there will be 7 stations. Applicants must attend in order for us to recognise the potential within a candidate.

The stations are:
1. Work Experience
2. Career Exploration and Awareness of being a Professional
3. Scientific Data Interpretation
4. Awareness of Animal Welfare
5. Moral and Ethical Dilemma
6. Practical Manual Task (unstaffed station)
7. Numeracy (unstaffed station)

other requirements you wish to include

We accept a broad variety of international qualifications, so if you have an alternative academic qualification, which we have not listed please contact the admissions team for further guidance.
Candidates are not required to complete the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT), UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT).