The University of Edinburgh

The virtual hospital online: transforming veterinary and medical education


The University’s Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are an innovative, fully integrated, web-based learning support system for medical and veterinary education. They support two complex five-year undergraduate degree programmes and all of the subjects’ postgraduate students. Through the VLEs, staff are able to create and deliver online learning activities such as virtual ‘patients’ who require diagnosis and treatment, and manage learning resources, assessments and large quantities of course documentation. The system is a world leader in its area and will form the basis of a public health academy for the World Health Organization.