Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

University of Edinburgh


Off Campus


In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances.

Knowledge and advances in anaesthesia over the last 20 years have been considerable. Techniques can be used to block sensation locally or over a region of the body not just total unconsciousness. There is an array of drugs and methods of drug administration available to us in our fight against pain. Anaesthesia has always carried risks, and we have an increasing availability of monitoring equipment to help us monitor the physiological function of the body during anaesthesia with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality in our animals.

The University of Edinburgh is offering this unique opportunity for an entirely online MSc to study these advances, during which students can gain knowledge and understanding in the equipment, drugs and techniques associated with anaesthesia and analgesia. The University's team can provide a wide range of clinical and research experience across many species.

You can exit after 1-2 years with PgCert or PgProfDev Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

You can exit after 2-4 years with PgDip Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary medicine or veterinary nursing.

Your application will also be considered if you have a degree in a related science with appropriate practical experience.

Your application may also be considered if you do not have a degree but are a registered veterinary nurse/technician with a minimum of 3 years experience in anaesthesia and hold additional nursing or technical qualifications.

Start Date

September, Flexible


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

3 - 6 years


College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine


Veterinary Medicine

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals