The first postgraduate degree in equine science to be run by a University
Veterinary School will begin next autumn at the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The Masters in Science (MSc) degree aims to prepare students for employment in research establishments, feed companies, stud farms, the pharmaceutical industry and in education.

Students on the research-rich course will gain scientific knowledge relating to the management of health, reproduction, behaviour, nutrition and exercise in the horse, to benefit equine welfare and performance. They will also be trained in horse welfare and management, nutrition, performance injury and disease.

The course will be open to students with degrees in Biology, Zoology or Veterinary Medicine.

Course director, Dr Natalie Waran, says: “Students on the one-year course will undertake a five-month research project in to a subject of their choice. The research can either be based here at the vet school, or elsewhere in the UK or around the world.

“Students will have many opportunities to make contacts throughout the equine industry during the course, which should help them to find work in their area of expertise on the successful completion of their masters degree.

The new degree has been introduced following the success of the University’s recently established post-graduate MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare for professionals working in zoos, farms, animal rescue centres and laboratories.

For more information contact: Linda Menzies (tel: 0131 650 6382) or email Linda.Menzies@ed.ac.uk

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