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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Edinburgh

48 months
4500 GBP/year
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The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programme from The University of Edinburgh will provide an opportunity for qualified veterinary surgeons to undertake a period of advanced clinical training in a chosen specialty under the guidance and supervision of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European/ American veterinary specialists.


The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programme from The University of Edinburgh will consolidate and enhance evidence based- knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes to enable independent practice to the standard of a recognised specialist in the chosen discipline. Additionally, it will provide you with training in and experience of research. You will be required to produce a dissertation, defend it at viva examination, and present and publish your findings. The programme will provide training and experience of teaching, as well as access to optional courses in specialty-relevant areas.

Career opportunities

The specialist training in clinical techniques, research and teaching will afford you many opportunities. After graduating you will be able to seek career advancement/specialism within your clinical setting, as well as following research and/or teaching roles should you choose.

Programme Structure

Learning outcomes
  • Have a critical and comparative knowledge at the level of a specialist in the field of the current background, theories, concepts and technical methodologies relating to their chosen specialty
  • Obtain clinical experience and technical/practical skills sufficient to meet requirements of the specialist qualification in their chosen subject.
  • Gain all the necessary specialist professional and academic skills to analyse, research, synthesise and critique scientific developments.
  • Develop key abilities to communicate fundamental concepts to scientific, clinical and lay audiences, as well as colleagues utilising multiple techniques.
  • Have the opportunity to obtain a broad specialist clinical, research and teaching

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.


720 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A degree in veterinary medicine (BVM&S Veterinary Medicine or equivalent), membership of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS), and a minimum of one year’s postgraduate clinical experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.

International/EU fees have still to be agreed

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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