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Virtual Museum

Since the foundation of the Royal Veterinary College in 1791, many thousands of items – official College records, books, museum objects and ephemera – have been accumulated.

A selection of items from the RVC's museum collection

Since 1990 substantial work has been done has been to gather, catalogue and preserve many of these items. Unfortunately there is no permanent display of these collections at the College, but you can search the database of Museum Holdings for photographs and descriptions of items, or even take one of the "virtual tours". These display and explain the history of subjects such as anaesthesia, developments in surgery, farriery, changes in animal doctoring and developments in veterinary surgery (see “Take a tour...”in box on right).

Rare Books

After several years work the entire Rare Book Collection has been catalogued and titles can be searched using the library's Unicorn catalogue.

If you would like to arrange a visit to the Hawkshead Campus to consult our Rare Book Collection, it is essential that you make an appointment in advance. Please contact Simon Jackson.

Take a tour...

Choose a tour from this list, then click Go!

Or search the Museum holdings


Search Tips

You can search the database for up to two terms at once, e.g. to find records relating to surgery on horses, enter the word horse in the first box and surgery in the second. The search will find those records containing both words. You can, of course, search using only one term, e.g. horse. Just enter it once, in the first box.

Designed and developed by the RVC Electronic Media Unit