The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has an international reputation for its research, teaching and clinical services, and consists of the Division of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Roslin Institute, and the Veterinary Teaching Organisation.
The School houses world-class animal hospitals, providing specialist state-of-the-art secondary and tertiary care to external clients, referred by veterinary surgeons.
The School also has excellent large and small animal and exotics first opinion practices as well as a working dairy and sheep farm. The R(D)SVS is consistently highly ranked by The Times Higher and the Guardian newspaper.
The School is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and participates in the Veterinary Medical Colleges Admissions Service (VMCAS).
The entire Vet School moved to the Easter Bush site in 2011, next to the existing small and large animal hospitals and practices to support top-class veterinary education and research for the 21st century. The £100 million capital development programme at Easter Bush includes a new £45 million veterinary teaching building, a £3 million Veterinary Cancer and Imaging Centre, and a £58.5 million research institute, transforming the Veterinary Field Station into the University’s Easter Bush Campus.
The Farm Animal Section includes a first opinion Farm Animal Practice, the Dairy Herd Health and Productivity Service and a Farm Animal Hospital, supporting teaching and research through income generation, development of clinical expertise and supply of clinical material. The R(D)SVS Farm Animal Practice (FAP)provides first opinion farm animal veterinary services to local farmers, mostly based in Midlothian and parts of East Lothian.
Clinical work in FAP is predominantly with beef cattle, but also includes dairy cattle, sheep, other small ruminants and pigs. The practice has a team of 5 vets and 2 residents and is internationally acknowledged for its practical expertise. FAP provides both didactic and practical teaching for BVM&S students, who routinely accompany vets on farm animal calls during their final year. The Farm Animal Hospital receives cases from both the Farm Animal Practice and external veterinary practices, primarily for the teaching of undergraduate veterinary students. We also have isolation facilities that enables us to receive referral cases.
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