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Welcome to the RVC Careers Service. We offer advice and support to current students and recent graduates.

We encourage our students to start thinking about their career options early on and to develop their employability skills during their time at RVC, both independently and through curriculum-based activities.

The RVC Careers Service is offered through The Careers Group, University of London. We work closely with the various courses at RVC to offer relevant workshops and also provide individual support for students.

What do we offer?

  • One-to-one guidance discussions to help you with career decision making and queries
  • Guidance on preparing CVs, covering letters and job applications
  • Practice interviews and tips on how to handle assessment centres
  • Support to help you identify your transferable skills
  • Access to a range of resources via the University of London, including the UK’s largest careers information library and Job Online

How to get in touch

Kirsty Whitelock is the RVC Careers Consultant, she usually works Mondays and Tuesdays, dividing her time between the Camden and Hawkshead campuses. In Camden Kirsty is based in room G29a and in Hawkshead she can be found in the Warden’s House (the Advice Centre).

Appointments are available face-to-face, by phone or email. Appointments are generally 20 minutes long, although longer sessions are available.

Appointments can be booked on Learn here: learn.rvc.ac.uk

Get in touch with Kirsty via email if you require a practice interview (these are up to an hour long) or to specify if you would like a telephone appointment.

If you have any questions, you can reach Kirsty at careers@rvc.ac.uk.

Employability Statement

The Royal Veterinary College is the oldest vet school in the UK, and is part of the University of London. The RVC enjoys a prestigious reputation throughout the world, and the expertise of our staff is internationally recognised. 

We received the maximum score of 24 out of 24 in an assessment of teaching standards by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2003. The veterinary medicine degree is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the RVC was the first UK veterinary school to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Our graduates benefit from the ability to practice throughout both the UK and the USA, and further afield.

The RVC Careers Office, itself part of The Careers Group, University of London, provides comprehensive careers support for all our students. Students receive; one-to-one guidance sessions with a professional Careers Advisor, workshops supporting job-seeking skills, careers information fairs, forums and presentations with employer representatives from targeted professions and organisations, one-to-one practice interview sessions, access to an online careers library containing employer and employment sector information and personality questionnaires and aptitude tests to help prepare students for employer assessment methods.

Post-graduation support is offered through GradClub. Our on-line portal for Alumni, RVC4life hosts information about careers and includes a jobs board. We have our own 'RVC Futures' on-line resource, containing information and signposting for any animal-related career at every level.

The RVC has an integrated programme of business and enterprise skills training across all of its undergraduate and postgraduate science, technology and healthcare degree programmes, and Professional Studies is part of the curricula.

There are innovative opportunities to be part of the Student Research Team and chances to publish and present papers at conferences - see Student Research.

A sandwich year based in industry, either in the UK or overseas is now offered for the BSc Biological/Bioveterinary Science  and BVetMed degrees. BVetMed students are required to do work experience placements (AHEMS and EMS) some of which can be done overseas, giving international students an opportunity to explore options at home. Veterinary Nursing students must do at least 70 weeks of practical training at a range of veterinary practices, including the RVC's own world-leading hospitals.

Our Widening Participation and Community Engagement department offers opportunities for work experience, for example as Student Ambassadors.

The accreditation of the BSc Bioveterinary Science course by the Society of Biology has recognised the valuable skills and experiences these students go onto offer to employers within the science sector. Further details are available from the Society of Biology.

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