Last updated 2nd July 2020

Visiting the RVC

Due to the current situation, the RVC will not be offering visiting opportunities before 31 August. 

We realise that this decision will be a disappointment to prospective students and guests who were looking forward to visiting our campuses. Nonetheless, being mindful of current UK Government public health advice about the risk of COVID-19 being spread through close contact at large scale public gatherings we feel that this is the correct decision at the present time.

If you are a current applicant to the RVC, the Admissions Team will be in touch with further updates and information as they become available.

If you have booked onto any events during this time we will be in touch about alternative arrangements as soon as possible.

If you are a prospective student considering applying to the RVC in the future and would like to hear about alternative and rescheduled events please sign up to our 'RVC For Me' mailing list


Undergraduate courses

Latest Message to all BSc and MSci Biological Sciences Offer Holders from the Principal

This message was sent to all our Offer Holders for our Biological Science Courses on Thursday 1st of July 2020. Students holding offers for Intercalated BSc Bioveterinary Science or Intercalated BSc Comparative Pathology will be updated as soon as arrangements are in place.

  • BSc Biological Sciences
  • BSc Bioveterinary Sciences
  • BSc Biological Sciences or BSc Bioveterinary Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research
  • BSc Animal Biology, Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics
  • MSci Applied Biological Research
  • MSci Applied Bioveterinary Research
  • MSci Biological Sciences
  • MSci Bioveterinary Sciences
  • MSci Wild Animal Biology

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the RVC in September to begin your course, which, for the first term, will be taught online.  We recognise that this was not necessarily how you imagined the beginning of your course would be and we are working hard to ensure that you are supported through these unprecedented times – both when you are off campus and when you join us in January. Your safety and wellbeing are central to all the decisions we have been making.

You will currently be looking at accommodation options, with many of you wanting to book places in the halls of residence that the RVC offers. We will be allocating this accommodation as per our normal timetable, even for students who will not be coming to campus until January. This means that if you have applied for the halls of residence through the RVC, you will find out by 17 July if you have secured this accommodation for the on-campus part of your course (Term 2 and Term 3). In addition, we are writing to confirm that you will not be charged for the rent for this accommodation in Term 1 of the academic year as you will not be able to take up residence during this period. You will however, be required to sign your rental agreement and pay your deposit for the room as per normal arrangements. Please be advised that, whilst we will endeavour to offer you the accommodation of your choice, final allocations will be at the discretion of the College, and in accordance with our allocating policies. 

We realise that some of you will opt to live in private accommodation, rather than halls of residence. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any assistance in the negotiation of private accommodation terms or any financial assistance for any costs incurred as a result of the first term being taught remotely. We would continue to encourage anyone seeking private accommodation to utilise the services of the University of London Housing Service and, in particular, we would recommend you read their COVID-19 Coronavirus & Private Housing Rights page

We also refer you to the RVC website for information on student fees and funding and our Advice Centre Money Matters pages where you can find further advice on planning your finances.

If, as a result of this information, you wish to change any accommodation choices you have already submitted, or would now like to submit an accommodation application, we will be extending the application deadline to Sunday 5 July. If you need a new copy of the Accommodation Pack, please let us know. 

If you would like to read earlier messages see Previous messages to BSc/MSci Biological Sciences Offer Holders

Latest Message to all Offer Holders for BVetMed, Graduate Accelerated BVet Med and Veterinary Gateway Programme from the Principal

This message was sent to all Offer Holders for BVet Med, Graduate Accelerated BVet Med and Veterinary Gateway Programme on 10th of June 2020

We are delighted that you have confirmed your place at the RVC and are looking forward to meeting you at the beginning of the academic year in September 2020. The past few months have been unprecedented in terms of the disruption to normal life across the globe and we acknowledge the difficult decisions that you have had to make about your education during this period. The current COVID-19 pandemic highlights the global need for veterinary clinicians in identifying and understanding the diseases humans and animals can share.The training you will receive at the RVC will be both world class and in demand in the years to come.

At the RVC we have been working hard to support the education of our current students and prepare for the education of our future students and continue to do so whilst working within the current guidelines and rules set out by the UK Government. The safety and security of all our students and staff will remain our top priority as changes to restrictions emerge over the coming months.

We are now writing to you to confirm that your course will commence on the 28th September 2020 as an ‘on-campus’ course. For at least the first term (September-December 2020) this will be a blended learning experience. However, at the moment we are planning for all scheduled practical classes and some parts of the other components of your programme such as small group teaching, directed learning sessions and tutorials to be delivered face to face on our Camden campus. Due to social distancing measures, large group teaching such as lectures will still need to be held online and recorded to allow you the most flexible learning experience. Classes will be modified so that numbers of students in any one session will be reduced in line with social distancing requirements to ensure the safety of all of our staff and students.

If you are joining us from outside the UK, we will be asking you to comply with UK Government guidelines for international travellers at your time of arrival in the UK. Currently, this would mean restricting your movements for a period of 14 days and if these guidelines are still in place in September, we would encourage you to time your arrival so that this 14 day period elapsed ahead of the start of term. We will ensure you have somewhere suitable to spend that time and have access to appropriate provisions for whatever period is deemed necessary.

We will be writing to you again over the coming weeks with more detail about joining the College and how term one teaching will be conducted, informing you of any changes as more guidance regarding releasing of restrictions is determined by the UK Government. We appreciate your patience as we produce this information in a rapidly changing world but one in which you can make a real difference. RVC #seriousaboutsciencesince1791 

Latest Message to all FdSc and BSc Veterinary Nursing Offer Holders from the Principal

We are delighted that you have confirmed your place at the RVC and are looking forward to meeting you at the beginning of the academic year in September 2020. The past few months have been unprecedented in terms of the disruption to normal life across the globe and we acknowledge the difficult decisions that you have had to make about your education during this period. The current COVID-19 pandemic highlights the global need for veterinary professionals in identifying and understanding the diseases humans and animals can share. The training you will receive at the RVC will be both world class and in demand in the years to come.

At the RVC we have been working hard to support the education of our current students and prepare for the education of our future students and continue to do so whilst working within the current guidelines and rules set out by the UK Government. The safety and security of all our students and staff will remain our top priority as changes to restrictions emerge over the coming months.

We are now writing to you to confirm that your course will commence on the 28th September 2020 as an ‘on-campus’ course. For at least the first term (September-December 2020) this will be a blended learning experience. Due to social distancing measures, large group teaching such as lectures will still need to be held online and recorded to allow you the most flexible learning experience. However, other components of your programme such as small group teaching, directed learning sessions, tutorials and practical classes will be delivered face to face on our Hawkshead campus. Classes will be modified so that numbers of students in any one session will be reduced in line with social distancing requirements to ensure the safety of all of our staff and students.

If you are joining us from outside the UK, we will be asking you to comply with UK Government guidelines for international travellers at your time of arrival in the UK. Currently, this would mean restricting your movements for a period of 14 days and if these guidelines are still in place in September, we would encourage you to time your arrival so that this 14 day period elapsed ahead of the start of term. We will ensure you have somewhere suitable to spend that time and have access to appropriate provisions for whatever period is deemed necessary.

We will be writing to you again over the coming weeks with more detail about joining the College and how term one teaching will be conducted, informing you of any changes as more guidance regarding releasing of restrictions is determined by the UK Government. We appreciate your patience as we produce this information in a rapidly changing world but one in which you can make a real difference. RVC #seriousaboutsciencesince1791

Latest Message to all Intercalated BSc Comparative Pathology Offer Holders

This message, from Dr Rob Noad, Course Director, was sent to all Offer Holders for the Intercalated BSc Comparative Pathology on 11th of June 2020.

1.0 Introduction

Further to the communications from the Principal and announcements on the intranet regarding how the RVC will be operating next term, I am writing to you all to confirm the details that are specific to you.

The reason we are starting our teaching programmes on the scheduled date as planned is to ensure you have the opportunity to meet your learning objectives and, for those in graduating classes, obtain your degrees in the original timeframe. We are, however, committed to the health and wellbeing of the whole RVC community and, given the uncertainty that exists around how the epidemic will progress, we are taking a precautionary approach.

This commitment to safety means that, although we will be commencing our term as planned, we will be populating our campuses and buildings in a fashion that is both measured and phased.  Occupancy rates and population density will be built up between early September and January, allowing us to put in place physical distancing procedures and timetabling that minimises risks of transmission and hopefully different individuals’ concerns about returning to our working environments.

Unlike some universities which are encouraging all students to return to the towns and cities in which their universities are located, we are not. We will be using a blended delivery of our teaching for all students, regardless of whether you are on- or off-campus and allowing access only where there is specific need.

2.0 Return to campus

In your case, as you are studying on our intercalated BSc Comparative Pathology, we are scheduling you to return to campus on the week commencing 9th November 2020. From this date, for the remaining 5 weeks of the autumn term, you will be permitted onto the Hawkshead campus for 1 day per week when we will run practical classes associated with your course. All other classes will continue online and you may not have access to the campus except on the days practical classes are scheduled. What this means is that you will need to make appropriate travel and accommodation arrangements for return on this date. I understand that for some students travel to the college for five 1-day sessions in the autumn term will be impractical. Therefore, I have made arrangements for materials associated with the practical classes to be available online for those students who cannot, or do not want to attend. The practical classes are highly recommended, both as part of your training and in preparation for the research projects that you will undertake starting in January but will not be assessed in the module exams.

All students enrolled on the course will be expected to attend the college from the week commencing 11th January 2020.

3.0 International students

If you are an international student, we will be making arrangements for a 14 day quarantine period prior to the date we expect you back on campus. We will pay for your accommodation and food during this period.  We will contact you with more details as the Government makes clearer its requirements. 

As you are being asked to return on 9th November you should arrange your travel to arrive at least 14 days before that date. If you choose to return on 11th January, you may wish to wait to determine your travel arrangements as the quarantine regulations may well have changed by then.

4.0 Teaching

We will be delivering our teaching using a blended approach that will include: asynchronous lectures, live online tutorials/seminars, online collaborative activities; interactive online resources to allow you a variety of ways to interact with your peers and tutors and also, ways to study independently.  The learning activities will be designed in a manner that provides flexibility for you to access them at a time that suits you, whether you are on- or off-campus.  All lectures will be newly recorded and accessible online, wherever possible live events such as seminars and other sessions will be timetabled taking into account the time zone in which you are located. The timetabling for on-campus sessions will be constructed to keep class or group sizes small enough to allow for physical distancing; this will be the case for practical and lab sessions.

The learning materials and LEARN environment will be different from the emergency remote delivery of teaching we used to address the crisis of March 2020. They will provide you with a blended learning experience that both allows you to pace and plan a timetable for your learning activities and, at the same time, provides us with the opportunity to reopen our campuses in a phased fashion prioritising the health and welfare of both yourselves and our staff.

5.0 Other issues

We appreciate that accommodation concerns are an immediate issue and we hope this communication allows you to make some decisions. We will be soliciting your desires to ensure we meet as many of your expectations as possible, particularly those of you who wish to book RVC accommodation on either campus.

We are working in uncertain times but we are committed to getting the RVC up and running as quickly and as safely as we can and we will assist you in ensuring you have the best possible experience as an RVC student.

Updated Information on our current work experience requirements 15th May 2020

We are aware that some current and future applicants may be unable to complete work experience placements at present due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, and that this may impact their ability to fulfil our currently stated requirements. Where an applicant has been adversely affected by this situation we intend to take this into consideration.

We will consider each applicant’s circumstance on an individual basis and advise all applicants to keep evidence of any cancellation of previously-booked placements that have not been able to progress due to the current situation  As things evolve, we may need to review and update our approach. If our requirements do change again, we will update the relevant entry requirements pages accordingly and we recommend all applicants regularly check these pages for any updates.

Please note, we do not intend to change our requirement for the submission of our applicant supplementary form. All applicants, regardless of the amount of work experience they have, or have not been able to complete, will still be expected to complete this, via the relevant course webpage, by the application deadline for each course.

Update to Current Offer Holders 19th of March 2020

We are aware of the UK Government announcement that formal examinations will not take place in Summer 2020, but that qualifications will still be awarded. We await further information from the exam boards as to how they will achieve this but, at present, anticipate that our offers to current offer-holders will stand.  Applicants who do not achieve the required grades will be reviewed on a case by case basis. We will do our best to help all applicants in these challenging times.

If you have mitigating circumstances that you believe may adversely affect any grades awarded based on your current/past performance, we would strongly encourage you to contact your school and the exam board, in the first instance. You should also provide evidence to the RVC, in line with our Admissions Policy. If you are studying outside of the UK and find yourself in a similar position either now or in the coming months, please let the Admissions Office know. Any such situations will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Message to Current Offer Holders from Professor Stuart Reid, Principal - 18th of March 2020

I want to personally take the opportunity to update you about your RVC offer, given the current COVID-19 situation.

At the present time, like most universities, we have had to cancel all visiting opportunities to the RVC until further notice. This includes next month’s Offer Holder Days the annual RVC Open Day in May. We really want you to have the opportunity to see our amazing facilities, meet our wonderful staff and students and get a feel for the RVC and so we are developing virtual experiences in place of these events. We will be in touch shortly with more information about how you can connect and access these events.

We also realise you may have questions about enrolling with the RVC and commencing your studies later this year. We are working very hard to put plans in place for new students to be able to enrol and access an RVC education this autumn. We realise times are very uncertain, but we want to ensure there are no additional barriers to you securing a place at the RVC!

As soon as more information becomes available, we will be back in touch, but please do also check the RVC website for updates at www.rvc.ac.uk

The RVC Admissions team will remain available throughout the coming weeks; if you have any urgent questions, please get in touch via the contact details below.

Thank you for your patience during this time and we hope you keep safe and well.

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