Taught course

Conservation Medicine

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Professional Development

Entry requirements

A degree in veterinary medicine (BVM&S, Veterinary Medicine or equivalent).

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Conservation Medicine is an established field that continues to evolve as we develop our ability to study the complex relationships and interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health. It emerged in the 1990s as a response to the need for a more holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the conservation of biodiversity. In particular, the importance of health in many conservation issues was widely recognised. With its foundation in the principles of conservation biology, Conservation Medicine incorporates contributions from the health sciences, ecology and the social sciences. It may be regarded as the application of One Health to the conservation of biodiversity.

This programme provides veterinarians with the skills, knowledge and global networks required to become effective practitioners of Conservation Medicine. It is an online programme and the flexible and part-time format allows participants to achieve a world-class award while maintaining busy professional and personal commitments.

Suitable applicants will be qualified veterinarians with an interest in conservation, wildlife health and ecological health. It is suitable for veterinarians without any wildlife experience as well as those already working in conservation. Participants will gain enhanced career opportunities in academia, non-governmental organisations, government veterinary positions and captive or free-ranging wildlife conservation projects, as well as being better able to drive the development of novel career pathways as this field continues to evolve in response to the complexity of the conservation challenges we face.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Professional Development
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)131 651 7421