Thinking of a career in veterinary medicine or biological science?

Join us for an exciting two week summer school at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London. You will gain veterinary skills and knowledge that will be recognised by the RVC if you choose to apply.

  • Earn one week of veterinary experience in our globally-recognised animal hospitals and research facilities.
  • Get a taste of student life at the RVC and meet our student ambassadors and academic tutors.
  • Receive world-class teaching alongside your peers.
  • Explore London one of the world’s most exciting cities as well as the beauty of the English countryside.
  • Challenge yourself and make friends from around the world


“To have been given the chance to learn and grow with such a diverse group of people from all over the world who all share a common interest was truly a delightful experience that I hold dear to my heart.”
 - Laci Taylor, Pre-Vet Summer School 2015 participant

“I did things that I would have never thought I would do in my life: tipping a sheep, watching a post mortem, and meeting people that had the same goals and ambitions that I do.”
 - Lara Frankel, Pre-Vet Summer School 2015 participant

"As a parent, I really have to thank the RVC for the excellent program you ran. Jordan came home with such tremendous energy and excitement, and her participation in the program helped her set clear sites on a career in veterinary medicine. She had previously expressed a strong desire toward it, but your program solidified that in a very positive way. Upon her return she has been proactive in taking contact with our family vet and is now interning with him on a weekly basis to learn more on day to day realities of a veterinary clinic."
 - Lee Gervitz, father of Pre-Vet Summer School 2015 participant

Possible Programme Highlights

Practise in our state of the art clinical facilities:

• The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals
• The RVC Farm at Bolton’s Park
• The Equine Referral Hospital
• Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital
• The RVC Clinical Pathology Labs

Learn more through our practical teaching sessions:

• Applied clinical case study
• Animal behaviour workshops
• Clinical skills workshops
• Structure and motion workshops
• The Bioscience industry Seminar
• Directed learning sessions

Enjoy and experience student life at the RVC:

• Work together in groups and deliver a group presentation
• Interact with our current students and learn more about student life
• Meet your own academic tutor
• Meet the Student Union
• Take part in a broad range of team games and events
• Discover our academic programmes, how to prepare for interviews and how best to make an application for our academic courses.

Social Activities

Possible Social Activities

There will be plenty of time for socialising and fun during the evening and weekends. A schedule of activities will allow you to explore everything London and the surrounding areas have to offer. Events may include:

• Take part in our team challenges, sports games, quizzes and play English lawn games
• Get up close and meet live exotic animals

• See some famous London landmarks
• Visit some of London’s best museums as well as London Zoo


The RVC will award three individual scholarships each will include a fee waiver of £2,300.

UK Students 

  • One fee-waiver scholarship is available to a UK students that fullfill Widening Participation criteria. Please view eligibility requirements on our website via our Gateway programme.

To apply please complete the Widening Participation Supplement Application Form please send a copy, as well as any supportive documents before 30th May 2016 to:

All successful scholars will be notified after the 30th May 2016. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:

International Students 

  • Two fee-waiver scholarships are available to international students of outstanding academic merit and personal statement.

All successful scholars will be notified after the 30th May 2016. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:


 College Close comprises 11 independent houses based at our Hawkshead Campus:

• Separate male and female shared accommodation.
• Each house is fully-equipped and furnished and has ample bathroom facilities and kitchen facilities.
• Each bedroom is equipped with contemporary furniture.
• Internet access is available in each house
• 24 hour security
• Utilities and bed linen is included

Dates and Costs

Sunday 7th - Friday 19th August 2016

£2,300. Price includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and evening meals, social activities listed in the programme, equipment and airport transfers.

Price does not include visa costs, airfares and travel and health insurance.

Entry Requirements

  • You are required to have a good academic standing and be studying biology, chemistry or physics at higher/advanced level.
  • Minimum age:16
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency; 6.5 in IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-test or Pearson Test of English overall score of at least 60.

How to Apply

Applications for 2016 have now closed.

Please email if you would like to be placed on the mailing list for our 2017 Summer School.

Contact Us

Find out more about our summer school and our academic courses by contacting us:

The Royal Veterinary College,
Royal College Street

Email: or

Tel: +44 (0)20 7468 5316

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