The fascinating history of veterinary science

Since its foundation in 1791, the RVC has catalogued and preserved thousands of items, including official records, books, museum objects and memorabilia, all of which record the history of veterinary medicine and science.

A reception display at our Hertfordshire campus gives an insight into the veterinary profession over the past two and a half centuries, from the very first intake of students, to the development of the modern veterinary school and scientific research institution of today - with its animal hospitals and state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

Visit our virtual museum

Search our online museum database for photographs and descriptions of items and equipment relating to various aspects of veterinary science, or take one of our virtual tours which tell the history of subjects such as anaesthesia, developments in surgery, farriery, changes in the way in which we care for animals and advances in clinical practice.

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Rare books collection

Visitors to the College can search our catalogued rare books collection by appointment and using the library's Unicorn catalogue. Click here to make an appointment to view the RVC’s rare books collection.

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