Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

The programme is intended for students with a veterinary degree, e.g. an undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine or its international equivalent. If you hold an RCVS Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) you can directly enter the diploma year. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Veterinary medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline, comprising a wide range of specialist areas. Research in veterinary medicine is directly relevant to the improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species and the protection of public health.

The R(D)SVS has an international reputation, and its clinical services - Hospital for Small Animals (dog and cat and exotics, zoo and wildlife) and Large Animal Hospital (equine and livestock) - are among the most influential centres for clinical care in the UK and Europe. It is best placed to advance the skills of the sector due to the skills in primary, secondary and tertiary care medicine and surgery, and its extensive research activities in all aspects of veterinary medicine.

Veterinary practitioners are under pressure to maintain high standards of practice while also keeping abreast of the latest developments. In response to the increasing requirement for support in developing advanced clinical skills, this new distance learning programme is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at veterinarians in practice.

The modular, portfolio approach allows the greatest flexibility to meet the needs of the modern practitioner. The goal is to provide the student with the skills and knowledge required to be highly effective practitioners and to enable them to act as leaders and mentors within the veterinary community.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: International students

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at Scholarships & Student Funding for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


72 months


48 months


24 months


12-24 months

Further details of qualification

Part-time Intermittent Study.

Course contact details

Sharon Boyd
+44 (0)131 650 1000