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At the Royal Veterinary College, you will enjoy an outstanding learning environment designed to produce practising veterinary surgeons, bioveterinary scientists and veterinary nurses – all with the knowledge and skills to make a significant contribution to animal health and welfare.
A degree from the Royal Veterinary College is well-recognised around the world. It represents hard work and dedication on the part of both the College and you, its brilliant students, but it also represents good times and a close community which you will always be a part of from the moment you arrive.
Society of Biology Accreditation/Recognition
The RVC's BSc Bioveterinary Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research (4-year course) has received accreditation from the Society of Biology in the category of Whole Organism Biology. This course is now also offered as BSc Biological Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research.
Among the many criteria used by Society of Biology to award accreditation, degree programmes must demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to developing graduate employability skills.
The BSc Bioveterinary Sciences (3-year course - now offered as BSc Biological Sciences) has been successfully recognised by the Society of Biology's Degree Recognition Scheme for two years from September 2011.
The Society of Biology is the leading professional body representing many of the learned societies and other organisations making up the diverse landscape of the biological sciences. Recognised degree programmes automatically fulfil the educational requirements for Associate Membership (AMSB) of the Society. Graduates will be able to join the Society as Associate Members and, after suitable work experience, become full Members (MSB). www.societyofbiology.org
BSc Bioveterinary Science Tops Rankings
Biosciences at the RVC tops rankings for careers and student
satisfaction in the Guardian's University
and BSc Bioveterinary Sciences received a 100% satisfaction rating in the 2011 National Student Survey
BVetMed Veterinary Medicine Accreditations
AVMA accreditation gives added credibility to your degree in the eyes of employers and gives the RVC a badge of quality that distinguishes it from other institutions. Most importantly, it means you can enter veterinary practice in the USA on a level playing field with graduates of North American vet schools-a real advantage for RVC graduates looking to develop an international career.
The Royal Veterinary College is one of only four vet schools in Europe to have achieved accredited status for its undergraduate programmes from the AVMA.
For more information see www.avma.org
Following a visit to the Royal Veterinary College in October 2011, EAEVE (the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education) has granted the College full accreditation.
The RVC is the first veterinary school in the UK, and the only one world-wide, to achieve full accreditation by EAEVE and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and full recognition by the UK's Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Accreditation by EAEVE provides Europe-wide assurance of the RVC's academic standards and the quality of its veterinary medicine degree programme. Only three other European veterinary schools - Copenhagen, Helsinki and Zurich/Bern - have achieved this status.
For more information see www.eaeve.org
In addition the BVetMed course is also accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the UK, a title which is recognised throughout the world and qualifies our graduates to practise not only in Europe but also in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore (subject to immigration regulations). RCVS status really does open up more doors for you across the globe.
For more information see www.rcvs.org.uk
Veterinary Nursing Accreditation
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has granted full approval to the Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing incorporated into this course, which means that students enrolled on our course are exempt from sitting the RCVS external examinations. Our Veterinary nursing programme is one of only 14 institutions to be accredited by the RCVS.
Other Rankings and League Tables
You may notice that the RVC does not always appear in published rankings and league tables. Being a relatively small independent college of the University of London with a niche focus, the College is not eligible to appear in many published tables.
When looking at rankings and league tables, it is important to look beyond headlines, and make an evaluation based on a range of criteria. This will ensure you choose the programme best suited to you. The RVC's academic standards and quality of learning opportunities were reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in 2009 - see QAA Institutional Audit - and the College also performed excellently in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), so you can be confident in the quality of teaching and research across the College.
If you are thinking of studying at the RVC and you have a disability or long-term health condition, it is useful to know in advance what the course might involve, so that you can make an informed decision. The RVC is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities, dyslexia and/or health conditions are fully supported at the College. Find out more about disability issues by visiting the RVC Accessibility Pages.
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