Why You Should Consider Edinburgh for Veterinary Medicine
January 12, 2023
By Nina Atanackovic, Student Veterinarian, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sciences
Hi everyone! My name is Nina and I am a UofG graduate, class of 2021. I have wanted to be a veterinarian ever since I was little, and never had a back-up plan despite being aware of the difficult competition to attend OVC. So, if you have found yourself in a similar position, please continue reading.
I applied to OVC in 2020 and unfortunately was rejected. This is when I realized I should start looking into other options, and began researching international schools. I decided to stay an extra year at Guelph to boost my GPA. When I reapplied to OVC for the second time, I received an interview (I guess the extra year worked)! During this time, I also applied to a ton of international schools through VMCAS as my backups. Come June, I was devastated to find out that I had been rejected for a second time even after attaining an interview. I realized that my options were simple: either stay and re-apply for a third time, risking being turned down again, or attend one of the international schools I was accepted by and start my vet journey immediately. This is when I made the best decision for my future career and chose to pursue my veterinary degree at the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sciences.
Why I Chose Edinburgh for my Studies
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sciences, or R(D)SVS, is widely and internationally accredited giving us the opportunity to work anywhere we’d like after graduation (AVMA, RCVS, EAEVE, AVBC, SAVC).
It was ranked the 3rd best vet school in the world by QS World Rankings for Veterinary Sciences in 2021, allowing students to receive a world class education.
Graduates have very high employment rates and high NAVLE pass rates after graduation.
Research-based teaching and large investments in educational facilities/equipment.
Offers a 4-year graduate entry program for students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. Find more information about this program here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/studying/undergraduate/bvms/4-year-programme#:~:text=Why%20study%20this%20programme%3F,multi%2Dcultural%20and%20thriving%20environment.
Hands-On Experience and EMS
If you’re worried about hands-on experience with animals, don’t worry! The school does a fantastic job at offering students loads of animal interaction through practical classes. This includes working with dogs, farm animals, horses, small mammals, and exotics. Additional species, such as zoo animals and wildlife, are also seen in the dissection room.