Taught course

Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (online distance learning)

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary medicine or veterinary nursing.

We will also consider your application if you have a degree in a related science with appropriate practical experience.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances.

Knowledge and advances in anaesthesia over the last 20 years have been considerable. We can use techniques to block sensation locally or over a region of the body not just total unconsciousness. We have an array of drugs and methods of drug administration available to us in our fight against pain. Anaesthesia has always carried risks, and we have an increasing availability of monitoring equipment to help us monitor the physiological function of the body during anaesthesia with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality in our animals.

The University of Edinburgh is offering this unique opportunity for an entirely online MSc to study these advances, during which students can gain knowledge and understanding in the equipment, drugs and techniques associated with anaesthesia and analgesia. Our team can provide a wide range of clinical and research experience across many species.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


36 months


24 months


12 months

Further details of qualification

Part-time Intermittent Study: MSc 36 - 72 months. PgDip 24-48 months PgCert 12-24 months.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator, Natalie Honeyman
+44 (0)131 651 3914