Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has been one of the leaders in equine veterinary care since its foundation by William Dick in 1823. We are constantly striving for clinical, teaching and research excellence in order to promote equine welfare at a local and international level.

We have an opportunity to transform our Equine Hospital at Easter Bush by building an ultra-modern Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit. The new facility will comprise of four integral and connected parts: Surgery; Critical Care Unit; Diagnostics and Emergency Triage Area; and Support Hub.

Dr John Keen, Head of the Equine Hospital and Practice, explains:

“The R(D)SVS Equine unit advances veterinary medicine through research into diseases of clinical significance to horses, and economic significance to the equine industry, with the goal of improving the health and welfare of equines and humans. The Dick Vet has been a world leader in research into respiratory, dental, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and orthopaedic diseases, a legacy continued through our current research foci.

“Highly specified facilities are essential for clinical excellence, teaching requirements and international accreditation making this project immensely important to the School. The changing patterns of our activities as a referral veterinary hospital, including increased emergency caseloads, and increased need for advanced diagnostics, coupled with the hospital’s growing demands for teaching makes the new Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit an urgent priority.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust for supporting our campaign.”

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