A free online course is offering the chance to explore what it takes to study for a veterinary medicine degree.
The five-week EDIVET course, to be launched by the University of Edinburgh on May 19, is designed for people with no knowledge of veterinary medicine.
It gives a taster of courses covered in the first year of a degree at the university’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, including anatomy, basic animal care and clinical skills. It also provides insights into the profession’s past and glimpses of its future.
It is one of two new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) being launched this year by the school.
A course on animal behaviour and welfare, delivered in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), will begin in July.
The Royal (Dick) School already offers a successful equine nutrition course, which ran for the second time in January 2014 and will be available again early next year.
David Argyle, head of the veterinary school, said: “As one of the world’s top 20 universities, it is fitting Edinburgh takes a lead role in the provision of MOOCs.
“Edinburgh was the first university in Europe to join the Coursera platform and I am hugely proud that the Dick Vet, which has had such a major impact on the veterinary profession both here in the UK and internationally, is providing these three courses to anyone with an interest in veterinary studies.”
Since Edinburgh offered its first MOOC in January 2013, more than 600,000 learners have signed up for MOOCs offered by the university.