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The University of Edinburgh: Conservation Medicine (Online Learning)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
Study type Taught


Conservation Medicine is an established field that continues to evolve as we develop our ability to study the complex relationships and interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health. It emerged in the 1990s as a response to the need for a more holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the conservation of biodiversity. In particular, the importance of health in many conservation issues was widely recognised.

With its foundation in the principles of conservation biology, Conservation Medicine incorporates contributions from:

  • the health sciences

  • ecology

  • the social sciences

It may be regarded as the application of One Health to the conservation of biodiversity.

How will I learn?

This programme provides veterinarians with the skills, knowledge and global networks required to become effective practitioners of Conservation Medicine.

It is an online programme and the flexible and part-time format allows participants to achieve a world-class award while maintaining busy professional and personal commitments.

Suitable applicants will be qualified veterinarians with an interest in:

  • conservation

  • wildlife health

  • ecological health

It is suitable for veterinarians without any wildlife experience as well as those already working in conservation.

Participants will gain enhanced career opportunities in:

  • academia

  • non-governmental organisations

  • government veterinary positions

  • captive or free-ranging wildlife conservation projects

You will also be better able to drive the development of novel career pathways as this field continues to evolve in response to the complexity of the conservation challenges we face.


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