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Posted: 1st December 2023

Dick Vet hosts gala dinner to mark bicentenary
More than 400 guests attended the gala dinner.
The School was founded by William Dick in 1823.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has celebrated its bicentenary with a gala dinner.

More than 400 students, staff, alumni and friends of the School gathered at the National Museum of Scotland to mark 200 years since the school was founded in 1823.

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception, where they were entertained with bagpipe and harp music, followed by a dinner and a ceilidh led by Highland dancers.

During the dinner, money was raised for All4Paws, the student-run Dick Vet charity which offers veterinary care to cats and dogs owned by homeless and vulnerably-housed people in Edinburgh.

A separate alumni event was also held for Dick Vet graduates at Summerhall, giving former students an opportunity to reminisce and find out about the School’s recent research and other activities.

The School was established in 1823 by veterinary surgeon William Dick, the son of a blacksmith and farrier, who had grown up on the Canongate in Edinburgh. By the time he died in 1886, he had trained more than 800 students.

Professor Peter Mathieson, principal of the University of the Edinburgh, said: “The University is proud of the achievements of the School, which is regarded as one of the best veterinary schools in the world. Many congratulations to the School and best wishes for the next 200 years.”

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