The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Research at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies spans all aspects of veterinary medicine, from molecules and genes through to animal and human populations.

In 2011 a new, purpose-built teaching facility opened, relocating teaching and staff from Summerhall to Easter Bush. For the first time all teaching and almost all facilities were consolidated onto one Campus. 

 

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is one of the oldest veterinary school's in the world, founded in 1823 by William Dick. Commonly referred to as the Dick Vet, it is the veterinary school of the University of Edinburgh and part of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

The rich interdisciplinary research environment at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies consistently attracts world-class research scientists and an exceptional level of funding from government, business, and industry. 

Research spans all aspects of veterinary medicine, from molecules and genes through to animal and human populations with a focus on:

  • the improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species;
  • the protection of public health;
  • alleviation of human poverty (in the context of tropical diseases).
  • providing holistic solutions to global challenges in human and veterinary medicine and the livestock industry.

Most research is carried out within The Roslin Institute, which is incorporated with the School and is the major centre of research. Together, they aim to make a real difference to animal and human health and the partnership with the Medical School is summed up in the ethos - One Health.

The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies has embarked on an ambitious capital programme to develop innovative large animal hospital facilities to offer clinical, education and research support to the equine industry with construction on an Equine Diagnostic Surgical and Critical Care Unit under construction on the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus.

Research Excellence

A multidisciplinary grouping of animal scientists, within The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The Roslin Institute and Scotland's Rural College, provide a level of expertise that is unrivalled elsewhere in the world.

Together, over 600 scientists form an internationally unparalleled group focussed on the biology of companion and production animals, tackling pressing issues in animal genetics and genomics, development, health and welfare and their implications for human health.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the joint submission by the School and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was ranked as the most powerful in the UK for agricultural and veterinary research.

Three quarters of the research and related activity submitted was judged to be in the highest categories - 4* or 3* - which are classified as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.

The REF is an assessment of the quality of the research being undertaken at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the impact it has in society. 

Easter Bush Research Consortium

Around 600 scientists from The Roslin Institute, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Moredun Research Institute work through the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC) to streamline research which has a large focus on animal and human health and this includes identifying new and emerging diseases that can pass from livestock and wild animals to humans and understanding the ways in which these diseases work.

The EBRC is a powerful alliance of basic research, applied research and clinical veterinary expertise. EBRC scientists with common and complimentary interests in research work closely together to develop effective disease controls and treatments, improved food safety, improved animal welfare and sustainable management of farm animals.

The EBRC offers mechanisms and forums for sharing resources and expertise as well as providing an outstanding environment for teaching and training scientists at all stages of their careers.

The partnership within the EBRC, and integration with clinical practice and education in the the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, provide major opportunities for application and exploitation of the research of the consortium partners.

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The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Easter Bush Campus
  • Midlothian EH25 9RG

Deputy Head of School - Operations: Tim King

T: +44 (0)131 651 7300

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Easter Bush Campus

  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Midlothian
  • EH25 9RG

Campus Operating Officer: Val White

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