The Hertfordshire Campus, known as Hawkshead, is close to Potters Bar and Hatfield, and was officially opened in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth II. BVetMed students in their clinical years and the BSc Vet Nurses spend the majority of their time at this site. Hawkshead is a short train journey from London King’s Cross Station.
Student housing, a refectory, and leisure facilities mean the campus is self-contained. In 2011 the facilities on the campus were strengthened with a new Teaching and Research Centre (TaRC). As well as providing a modern setting for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, the TaRC accommodates the RVC's lifestyle research. Therefore ground-breaking research into obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis and other conditions, with ramifications for human medicine, takes place on the site.
Campus accommodation was enhanced in 2011 with the completion of our Student Village on the Hawkshead site. The Village comprises of 191 study bedrooms with en suite showers. Each grouping of six rooms shares a kitchen and lounge area. Students have access to free Internet/WiFi. The accommodation is self-catering.
The Eclipse Building provides superb computing, teaching and library facilities. In addition to its modern journals and textbooks, the RVC has one of the best collections of old veterinary books in the world. Hawkshead also houses the most up to date lecture theatres, laboratories, a Learning Resources Centre, a Clinical Skills Centre and the LIVE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
The Hertfordshire Campus is also home to the Equine Referral Hospital, the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, the Mill Reef Pathology Building and the Farm Animal Clinical Centre. Our working farm is just down the road at Boltons Park.
The Equine Referral Hospital is a referral centre for second opinion cases in the South East of England. It deals with 1,200 medical and surgical cases a year, and provides instruction for both undergraduates and Clinical Training Scholars who are working towards specialist qualifications in equine medicine and surgery.
The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMH) is one of the largest veterinary teaching hospitals in Europe. Every year, over 8,000 animals are referred to us from nearly half of all veterinary practices in England. This extensive caseload allows unparalleled practical opportunities for our undergraduate students. Should you develop a particular interest in any type of problem in dogs or cats, you are likely to be able to see it and research it here.
All of these fantastic clinical facilities combined, provide students with an opportunity to be exposed to 20,000 cases each year.
The Mill Reef Pathology Building accommodates a state-of-the-art post-mortem hall with annexed containment and specialised areas, a 200-seat lecture theatre with direct video links to the main hall, and a series of pathology service and research laboratories and ancillary teaching rooms.
Directions to the RVC Hawkshead Campus from anywhere in the UK:
Hawkshead Campus Address
The Royal Veterinary College
Tel: +44 (0)1707 666333