UK - School of Veterinary Medicine, Glasgow

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University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine
Established 1862
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Principal/Dean Prof Ewan Cameron BVMS PhD MRCVS
Students 595
  Undergraduates 500
  Postgraduates 95
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Contact 464 Bearsden Road, Glasgow, G61 1QH, Scotland

+44 (0) 141 330 5700

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The University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine is pre-eminent in teaching, research and clinical provision, and attracts students, researchers and clinicians from around the world. Our internationally accredited school provides an expert referral centre via the Small Animal Hospital, the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare and the Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health & Welfare for animal owners and referring practitioners throughout the UK. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the Grade Point Average for our research activity was the highest in Scotland and joint highest in the UK, reaffirming our position as one of the country’s leading veterinary schools.

About Us

In 1840 Justus von Liebig, professor of Chemistry at Giessen University published in Germany his pioneering book Organic Chemistry in its application to Agriculture and Physiology, which appeared simultaneously in English translation on 1 September. This book, which recommended the use of superphosphate - an artificial fertilisers, profoundly changed British agriculture, heralding practices of arable cultivation and animal husbandry termed `high farming'. Thomas Thomson, professor of Chemistry at Glasgow University, was a fervent advocate of Leibig's ideas and the first superphosphate to be produced in Britain was manufactured at Greenock in 1841 by John Poynter. As a result, a number of Thomson's pupils became pioneers of agricultural and veterinary science in the United Kingdom.

Anderson's College of Medicine had appointed a professor of veterinary education in 1832, who did little to prepare students to qualify as vets, preferring like Anderson to concentrate on veterinary and agricultural research. The only formal training available in Scotland was through the Edinburgh Dick School established in 1823.

The Glasgow Veterinary College was not set up for another forty years by James McCall, a graduate of the Edinburgh school. In 1859, he came to Glasgow to practice in Hope Street, acting as veterinary surgeon to the largest railway contractors. He began giving classes in Sauchiehall Lane for Edinburgh students who lived in Glasgow.


The School of Veterinary Medicine offers undergraduate courses in veterinary medicine and surgery, BVMS (five years) and veterinary biosciences BSc (four years) or MSci (five years). The BVMS course offers the chance to intercalate in an area of interest. The school also provides postgraduate taught degrees in veterinary public health and may introduce an animal reproduction programme via e-learning.

Current Research

The School of Veterinary Medicine forms part of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. Our mission is to integrate research activities across the broad field of research encompassing infectious and genetic diseases of animals and man, to develop novel animal models of human disease and to foster translational research in veterinary medicine.

The School of Veterinary Medicine maintains a multidisciplinary research culture that is responsive to advances in technology and changing priorities in the international arena. Our activities are focused in Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, and Public Health Veterinary Biosciences.

The School of Veterinary Medicine has associations with a number of the research centres and networks in the University such as the Boyd Orr Centre for Population Health, the Medical Research Council - University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology.

Clinical Services

The University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital is an expert referral centre for the treatment of companion animals. The new small animal hospital is the largest in Scotland. Currently, the University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital is being featured on Animal ER on Animal Planet. Weekly from Wednesday, 30 March 2011 at 9.00 pm.

The Equine Hospital also known as the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare provides state of the art service for animal owners and referring practitioners throughout Scotland and Northern England. This includes the highest standards of veterinary care, the most advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical techniques, and excellent communication for animal owners and referring veterinary surgeons.

The Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health & Food Safety provides a clinical service for referring practitioners and producers throughout Scotland and Northern England. They offer a unique service that includes referral of animals to the Centre for diagnosis and appropriate treatment with a view to returning back to the farm of origin. Additionally, they offer farm and public health consultancy work including both farm and processor visits and production record analyses.

The University of Glasgow Veterinary Diagnostic Services offer a full professional diagnostic service used by the departments within University and as well as veterinary practices in the UK.

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