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The Royal Veterinary College

The Royal Veterinary College is one of the world's leading specialist veterinary institutions. Founded in 1791, the RVC has a unique heritage of innovation in veterinary and biomedical sciences, clinical practice and education.

What makes us unique?

As one of the world’s leading specialist veterinary institutions, the Royal Veterinary College brings together many talented individuals, all of whom share a passion for human and animal health and welfare.

Our broad range of programmes are of international appeal and attract students who go on to become practising veterinarians, animal scientists, veterinary nurses and leaders in industry and government.

Established in 1791, RVC is the UK's oldest veterinary college - with a proud heritage of innovation in veterinary science, clinical practice and education.A Tradition of Heritage and Innovation

The College has a proud heritage of innovation in veterinary science, clinical practice and education.

  • Our independent status means we are able to innovate and keep at the forefront of theory and practice
  • Pioneering approaches to teaching, research and cutting edge clinical provision
  • Expertise beyond animal husbandry and an established network of scientific partnerships with internationally renowned RVC experts

Excellence in teaching and learning

We offer a portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development programmes. These are delivered either full-time, part-time or via conventional distance and interactive e-learning.

The RVC's teaching standards are reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (most recently in February 2009 - see QAA Institutional Audit).

In 1999 the College became the first UK veterinary school to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and has since been reaccredited twice (most recently in 2012). In 2013 the RVC achieved the, currently unique, distinction of being the only veterinary school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC.

Supporting the Veterinary Profession

The College's provides support for the veterinary profession through its referral hospitals, diagnostic services and continuing professional development courses. The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals is the largest of its kind in Europe, receiving over 8,000 patients each year.

Innovation in the life sciences

RVC owns the London BioScience Innovation Centre, London's first centre for early stage life science companies, venture investors and others in this sector. This puts the College at the heart of biotechnology and other biomedical research in London and opens the door for research collaboration.


QAA logo - UK Quality Assured (Reviewed 2009) - link to RVC report on QAA website

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