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North American Students


AVAM Accreditation.

The RVC was the first veterinary college in the UK to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and our graduates benefit from the ability to practice throughout the UK, Europe and North America. UK veterinary degrees are recognised even further afield too, in countries such as Hong Kong and Singapore, providing our graduates with truly global career opportunties. We can count several hundred North American graduates as alumni.


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"The school provides a world class education. The professors make the effort to get to know the students individually. They make time to see students if there is a problem or if a student would just like to talk. There is also the advantage of the university being AVMA accredited, which means there are no extra licensing exams to take"

Gail Henry, BVetMed Graduate 2010, USA


RVC graduates go on to work in a variety of roles in clinical practice, scientific research and government around the world. To read about the experiences of two of our North American graduates, please see Andrew Hagner and Maggie Spath's profiles in our Alumni Profiles section.

During your final year on the BVetMed programme, the RVC runs an intensive NAVLE revision class for any students planning to sit the NAVLE upon graduation. This course helps our students to effectively prepare for the examination and for a career in practice in North America. The NAVLE (North American Veterinary Licensing Examination) is a compulsory exam for any students (from both US and overseas vet schools) who wish to practice as a veterinarian in North America.

Applying to Veterinary Medicine as a North American Student

The Pre-Vet Advisor e-newsletter, created by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), can be found at: http://aavmc.org/PreVetAdvisor1

We have two entry streams to our Veterinary Medicine programme for North American students.

High School Students

If you are currently studying towards or have recently completed your high school education in the US or Canada, you may be eligible for our 5-year Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) programme

See Entry requirements for high school students to find out more about the qualifications and experience you will need and how to apply.

College students

If you are currently at college in the US or Canada, or have already completed your undergrad degree, you can apply for our Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) programme. Those who have completed a biological science degree will in most cases be eligible to be considered for our 4-year Accelerated Veterinary Medicine course. Those with a non-scientific degree who have taken the pre-requisite courses, are generally considered for the 5-year BVetMed.

See Entry requirements for college students to find out more about the qualifications and experience you will need and how to apply.

Tuition fees, visas and further information

Fees for 2014/15 are £25,000 per year for the Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) programme, £13,820 per year for the BSc Biological Sciences or Bioveterinary Sciences and £12,240 per year for our Veerinary Nursing programmes.

International Scholarships now available

The RVC offers three scholarships for international students entering our BVetMed programme. Each scholarship is to the value of £4,000 p.a. and is based on your performance during the admissions process (taking into account your interview scores, previous academic performance and your application as a whole).

The RVC also offers two scholarships for international students entering our BSc in Bioveterinary Sciences programme. These scholarships are to the value of £4,600 p.a. and is based on your performance during the admissions process (taking into account previous academic performance and your application as a whole).

Decisions for all scholarships will be made once our International admissions process has been completed, and all of our offers have been made. You will be informed if any additional paperwork needs to be submitted.

Please find below some helpful links for international students:

Further Information

RVC in North America

Representatives from the RVC usually visit North America several times a year.

If you are a teacher, careers advisor or involved in a pre-vet club and would like the RVC to visit you, please email Chris Hobson (chobson@rvc.ac.uk).


Please read the information on our website carefully. If you have any questions that are not answered here please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at:

Email: admissions@rvc.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 20 7468 5146

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