Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

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Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
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Established 1823
Type Veterinary school
Head of School Professor David Argyle
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Former names Clyde Street Veterinary College, Dick Veterinary College, Royal (Dick) Veterinary College
Affiliations University of Edinburgh
Website http://www.ed.ac.uk/vet

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, commonly referred to as the Dick Vet, is the veterinary school of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Professor David Argyle has been head of the school since 1 November 2011. The school was ranked 1st in the UK in the UK's most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and 2nd in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2014 and Times Good University Guide 2014.[1] It is known for the cloning of Dolly the sheep took place by Sir Ian Wilmut in 1996 at the Roslin Institute.

History[edit]

Originally called the Highland Society’s Veterinary School,[2] Edinburgh, the Dick Vet, as it came to be known, was established by William Dick, a former student of the anatomist John Barclay of the College of Surgeons.[3] The first regular classes at the school were begun in November 1823,[4] although lectures to small groups of students had been provided for four years prior to this date. That first session of regular classes was financed by student fees and a grant from the Highland Society of Scotland at Edinburgh,[5] of which John Barclay was a director. Mary Dick, William's elder sister, was reputed to have been instrumental, from the early days, in the administration of the school. Although an autonomous institution, the students also attended the lectures in (human) medicine at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Clyde Street[edit]

In 1833, William Dick, who was by then a successful veterinary practitioner and teacher, paid for the erection of purpose-built accommodation near the site of his father’s forge in a Clyde Street courtyard. This was the base for the school until it moved to its next site at Summerhall in 1916. In 1839, his school officially became a College and William Dick was given the title Professor. By the time of Dick's death in 1866, the over 2000 students he had taught were to be found throughout the world. Among them were the founders of veterinary schools in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United States. Upon his death, Dick bequeathed his College in trust to the Burgh Council of Edinburgh. It was officially named Dick’s Veterinary College following a request made by his sister, in 1873, in response to a crisis caused by the establishment of the rival New Veterinary College set up by alumnus and former Principal William Williams. Williams had taken with him the majority of the students, and the library. The two schools existed amicably within 100m of one another in Edinburgh’s New Town until 1904 when the Williams' school moved to Liverpool, England, forming the basis of the University of Liverpool Faculty of Veterinary Science. The Royal (Dick) Veterinary College was incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1906.

Summerhall[edit]

Prof. Orlando Charnock Bradley[6] was Principal of the Dick Vet when it moved in 1916 to the south side of Edinburgh, to another purpose-designed building, at Summerhall. In 1951 the college was reconstituted as ‘The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies’, an integral part of the University of Edinburgh, and became a full Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1964. Reorganisation of the university in 2002 resulted in the abolishment of Faculties, and the Dick Vet once again became The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, one of the four Schools within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

In 2009, Scottish Television filmed a five-part documentary at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.[7] Some of the cases shown on the documentary follow a wild swan needing an endoscopy, a horse in emergency colic surgery, a skunk being neutered, a chameleon with an eye infection, and the removal of a tumour near a cat’s heart.[8] STV filmed a second documentary in 2010.

Since 2013 Summerhall is now a major international art museum and arts hub which has exhibited over 200 artists in two years as well as many theatre, music and literature events in the building.

Easter Bush Veterinary Campus[edit]

In 2011 the Summerhall site was vacated and the staff and students relocated to an impressive new teaching building on the Easter Bush campus 7 miles (11 km) south of the City. For the first time since 1962 all the veterinary facilities, together with The Roslin Research Institute, have been consolidated on this campus. The Faculty's undergraduate degree in Veterinary Medicine (BVM&S) is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, and by the American Veterinary Medical Association in North America.

The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education[edit]

The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE) is a hub of expertise on animal welfare education, collaborating with international universities, governments, charities and NGO partners to advance the understanding of animal welfare issues.

Recent projects have included investing in the Clinical Skills Lab at the Dick Vet School, providing students with animal alternatives on which to practice; including a new equine colic simulator. They have also developed a new online Masters programme in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law which joins the on-campus Masters in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. These programmes are supported by The Scottish Rural College allowing students to benefit from being taught by many of the best animal welfare experts in the country.

The Centre also provides workshops and training in Bosnia, India, Hong Kong and China. The university is currently being used by cbbc's junior vets.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Complete University Guide 2014". Complete University Guide. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Bradley, O.C. 1923. History of the Edinburgh Veterinary College. Oliver & Boyd; Edinburgh.
  3. ^ Macdonald, A.A., Warwick, C. & Johnston, W.T. 2011. Early contributions to the development of veterinary education in Scotland. Veterinary History, 16, 10-40. (http://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/5263)
  4. ^ Macdonald, A.A., Warwick, C. & Johnston, W.T. 2005. Locating veterinary education in Edinburgh in the nineteenth century. Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, New Series, 6, 41-71. (http://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/2199)
  5. ^ The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland; http://www.rhass.org.uk
  6. ^ Warwick, C.M. and Macdonald, A.A. 2010. The Life of Professor Orlando Charnock Bradley, (1871-1937): diary entries 1895-1923. Veterinary History, 15, 205-220. (http://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/3643)
  7. ^ http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/2929753/Behind-the-scenes-look-at-Edinburgh-vet-school.html
  8. ^ http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/all-news/vets-080410
  9. ^ The Veterinary Journal Literary Prizes 2012
  10. ^ "Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005. 
  11. ^ University of Pretoria: Jotello F Soga Library
  12. ^ Breathnach, Caoimhghín S; Moynihan, John B (Accepted 17 August 2011). "The Frustration of Lady Aberdeen in her Crusade against Tuberculosis in Ireland". Ulster Medical Journal 2012;81(1):37-47. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  13. ^ British Veterinary Association: ″Henry William (Harry) Steele-Bodger, Biography″ PDF
  14. ^ Peter Lachmann, Herman Waldmann (Royal Society Publishing): ″Biographical Memoir of Robert Royston Amos (Robin) Coombs″, PDF
  15. ^ http://www.pipersgathering.org: Instructors

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°51′55″N 3°12′00″W / 55.86528°N 3.20000°W / 55.86528; -3.20000