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If you need further information or guidance, please contact the Advice Centre.


All students

Be COVID-19 Prepared

It is important to recognise these changes are relatively small, however, if followed correctly, they will slow the spread of the virus in the community. We do need to recognise that there is even more onus to be prepared if we are required to self-isolate or if the place where we live enters a higher alert level.

  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms it is important that you immediately fill in and submit the COVID-19 questionnaire which will be received by the Advice Centre. They will contact you to identify the support that you need and give you further advice.
  • It is inevitable that some students may be asked to self-isolate at some point and we can all do a lot to be “COVID-19 prepared”. This includes having a minimum of 3 days food and medication supplies in your accommodation, to have signed up to an online supermarket food delivery service and to have a supply of clean clothes, towels and bedding available as access to laundry facilities may be more difficult whilst self-isolating.
  • Have a supply of disposable face coverings, hand sanitisers/soap and disinfectant wipes.
  • If you are self-isolating you will be receiving a weekly wellbeing check-in from the Advice Centre.
  • Also, think about your friendship networks; establish a buddy network and identify those who might be able to help support you outside of your household if you are asked to self-isolate and in turn who you might be able to help when they need it.
  • Whether you are self-isolating or not the RVC offers various kinds of wellbeing support for you to access or contact the Advice Centre to discuss any issues advice@rvc.ac.uk

Our Research Community

Specific updates continue to be provided to the research community with important information regarding our approach to ensuring a proper process to accessing laboratories. Please visit ‘Accessing the College’s Research Facilities’ on the RVC intranet to access booking information. Information has been provided regarding the Government’s Job Retention Scheme as it applies to different granting bodies.

  • Suspension of any RVC-related business travel outside of the UK will continue until further notice. Should there be a requirement to travel on official business which is deemed to be essential, due to emergency or exceptional circumstances, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. It will require prior written approval from the Head of Department and completion of an individual risk assessment which will be subject to a health & safety and insurance review and ultimate sign-off by the Principal. Self-isolation may be required on return and the arrangements for this will need to be agreed prior to approval of said travel.
  • For personal travel, consider whether the travel is essential and what the impact would be for you if you needed to self-isolate upon return, or may not be able to return as planned due to travel restrictions put in place whilst at your destination. If you do choose to travel internationally, you should discuss this with your supervisor and agree arrangements for when you return, ideally before travel is booked. If you have travelled to a country which IS on the UK Government’s quarantine list, self-isolation will be required upon return and you should agree plans with your supervisor for working/studying remotely during that time. If you have travelled to a country which is NOT subject to UK government quarantine restrictions, there should be no physical return onto either campus for a period of 14 days following your return, and you should equally agree plans for working/studying remotely during that time. If, in exceptional circumstances, you feel you must be on campus straight after your holiday, risk to others will be assessed and if that is deemed too high, return onto campus is likely to be refused. It is therefore essential that you plan appropriately for your return to work/study following your overseas holiday, in consultation with your supervisor. The final decision on self-isolation requirements will rest with supervisors and Head of Department, on the advice of the Health & Safety Manager.
  • PhD extensions – information was sent to all those effected. Keeping in touch is essential for everyone’s wellbeing, so if your supervisor is going to be away do try to make sure that you have an agreed plan of work during their absence, and alternative support should this be required. As always, if you require any type of support you feel cannot be provided by those in your immediate work environment, the Advice Centre is but a quick email away, as are your Students’ Union PGR Reps.

AHEMS/EMS

We continue to work with the RCVS as they adapt their approach. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for the latest guidance on AHEMS

Rotations

Information regarding in-person and virtual rotations is provided direct to relevant students.  Please see your Learn course pages for the latest information.

Tuition Fees

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for the latest guidance on Tuition Fees

Financial Support

Support is available to RVC students in financial need. Please apply if you feel you meet the criteria, particularly if you have been affected financially by the Coronavirus.

For more information see our Money Matters page or contact moneymatters@rvc.ac.uk or 020 8051 3500

With emails from both Lisa Thurston and Bradley Cobb, information has been provided on formative assessments as well as exceptional circumstances and deferrals.

Graduating year - Final year BSc and some MSci

  1. We delivered online SUMMATIVE assessments that will determine whether or not the outcomes of the course have been achieved.
  2. Specific information about the format of these assessments was provided on  3rd April 2020.
  3. You will be expected to submit your written projects as per the original schedule – we will be writing to you further about this.
  4. We encourage you to continue studying towards your examinations with the assumption that they will be taking place.

As you will be aware, the restrictions put in place by governments, both home and abroad, make our life a little trickier than usual and we are finding ways that mean we can maintain the safety of our campuses for all.


Students in Accommodation

Frequently Asked Questions on Accommodation →

Information for students required to self-isolate →

We are committed to supporting all students via the Advice Centre regardless of where you are living.

Again, a reminder: If you develop COVID-19 symptoms and need to self-isolate please inform the Advice Centre immediately so we can provide the appropriate welfare support.

Students living together in accommodation whether private or on RVC campuses will be a social bubble and will not be required to wear PPE within their accommodation. We have a range of measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety on our campuses. For full details please visit our Community Safety pages.

For further information please check the accommodation information on the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Student Support

Self-isolation, shielding and protecting vulnerable people

  1. There is important guidance issued by government here.
  2. It relates to actions you are advised to take and arrangements that you should put in place if you belong to one of the groups considered to be extremely vulnerable on medical grounds.
  3. The definition of "extremely vulnerable on medical grounds” is laid out in the advice but the posting also makes clear that it is a decision for the individual.
  4. We cannot provide advice to you on this matter. If you have questions, they should be directed towards NHS 111 or your own medical doctor if they are providing advice.

Concerned about a fellow student?

If you have a specific concern for a fellow student, please do encourage them to read these pages and follow advice as appropriate to their circumstances. (NB: if you continue to have concerns, please report these to the Advice Centre as soon as possible. Your report will be managed with the appropriate confidentiality and we will liaise directly with the reported student. We will not share personal information obtained from or about reported students unless required to do so for statutory or vital interest purposes.)

Alumni and our friends and supporters

We realise that many of those in our wider RVC community may be finding the current situation challenging.  Please try to provide moral and emotional support wherever possible.


International Students

Brexit

EU/EEA and Swiss students need to be mindful of their changing citizen rights in light of Brexit and the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. For further information, please visit our Brexit intranet pages.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

The Home Office issued a press notice on 25 March 2020 (Visas extended for those currently unable to return home due to COVID-19) which covers various visa-related issues:-

  1. Visa extensions - now available until the end of May (from end of March initially). An extension can be obtained by simply emailing CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk to provide the following information:
    • Full name (including any middle names)
    • Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
    • Nationality
    • Existing visa details
    • Reason that has required you to extend your stay (for example, the suspension of all flights to your place of permanent residence)
    • Please note this email must be in English
  2. In-country visa switching is now permitted across all routes for those who are currently in the UK and whose visa expires/d between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020
  3. Students and sponsors will not be found non-compliant if they undertake online provision. “In light of the current advice on self-isolation and social distancing, the Home Office is also waiving a number of requirements on visa sponsors, such as allowing non-EU nationals here under work or study routes to undertake their work or study from home
  4. Further independent advice can be obtained from the UK Council for International Student Affairs
  5. Please also email the Advice Centre if you have individual queries regarding your student visa as our International Student Advisor can also help.

US Federal Loan

  1. We have received advice that those in receipt of US Federal Loans will have these loans honoured.
  2. We have received advice that tuition may be provided at distance and online.


International students required to self-isolate for Term 2

According to current UK government regulations international students returning to the RVC form term 2 are required to self-isolate in the UK for two weeks prior to the start of face-to-face teaching.  When you are self-isolating after travelling, you are self-isolating as if you have had contact with a Covid-19 positive case but do not have Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test yourself. What this means to households (be it families or those sharing with flat mates), is that the other members of your household do not have to self-isolate as they are not/have not been in contact with a Covid-19 positive case. This only changes if you display symptoms and have to arrange a test - then they too should self-isolate until the result of your test. If your test is positive, they will be required to self-isolate for the required period. 

BVetMed year 1, Graduate and Camden MSci year 4

Preparing for self-isolation on your arrival to the Camden Campus for Term 2 (BVetMed 1, Graduate and Camden MSci year 4 who were on-campus in Term 1, travelling from non-exempt countries)

This information is for those of you who are returning to the UK for Term 2 from countries where the UK Government requires you to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival – this is called a non-exempt country or territory. We appreciate your help and co-operation in this self-isolation requirement to protect our community – thank you.

The UK Government has published a list of travel corridor countries can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors. If the country you are travelling from or have made a transit stop in is not on this list, then it is non-exempt and you will have to follow the strict 14 day self-isolation as mandated by the UK Government. The travel corridor status of your country of departure/transit stop can change; this can happen with very little notice so please keep checking the list prior to departure.

  • You will need to fill in the passenger locator form anytime in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.
  • Upon arrival, you will need to travel directly to your accommodation.
  • You will need to self-isolate and not leave your accommodation, without exception for 14 full days from the time of your arrival in the UK.
  • Please time your arrival so that the 14th day is, at the latest, the day prior to the first face-to-face teaching session for your cohort. You will have been sent this information in an email.

The latest guidance from the UK Government can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.

Things to consider when preparing for self-Isolation

  1. Have you informed the RVC of your arrival details and plans for self-isolation? If not, please do so ASAP by completing the Term 2 questionnaire
  2. On arriving in the UK, guidelines require that you only use public transport (buses, coaches and trains) if you have no other option. If you do use public transport, you must wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 metres apart from other people. Pack (in your hand luggage) a face mask/covering to cover your nose and mouth before you travel. Ideally, carry a spare too.
    • Plan ahead and make sure that you are able to get to your accommodation e.g. by booking transport in advance. The RVC will not be providing transfers from the airport for returning students.
    • It will be cheaper to book a taxi ahead of time. There are a number of taxi companies in the Camden area (numbers can be found online) and also larger chains such as Addison Lee and Uber operate throughout the UK.
  3. Unlike your arrival in Term 1, which preceded the start of the academic term, you will be self-isolating during the first two weeks of term this time.
    The RVC will not be providing catering, groceries or pre-paid cards for returning students so you will need to be responsible for purchasing and keeping your food and medicine stocks at an appropriate level. You will not be able to leave your accommodation to shop for food or medicine except in an emergency.
    • If you need to take regular medication, make sure you arrive with sufficient supplies to cover at the very least the full isolation period plus a couple of weeks just to ensure you do not run out
    • If you are not registered for a GP in the UK, you can do this using this link
    • We advise you to plan ahead and book an online food delivery from a supermarket.
      • If you are not already registered for online food deliveries, we suggest you set up your account and if possible, your first delivery before you travel. Supermarkets and delivery services include: www.tesco.com, www.coop.co.uk, www.sainsburys.co.uk and www.iceland.co.uk
      • If you wish to get take-away food delivered, many restaurants and take-away food shops are delivering through Deliveroo or Just Eat. We suggest you register before travelling so your account is set up for when you might need it.
      • If you are in private accommodation, you will be able to order food deliveries that can be brought to the front door of your house or flat but the delivery person will not be able enter your place of residence.
      • If you are in halls of residence, there will be arrangements in each hall for deliveries to be brought to the door of your flat or room during reasonable operating hours, so that you do not leave your accommodation to enter communal areas.
    • Plan ahead and identify any friends or family who would be able to support you in obtaining food and other supplies in an emergency during your self-isolation period.
      If you experience difficulties getting food or medication, please let us know asap on the Advice Centre contact telephone number below and we will be able to help you.
  4. Managing self-isolation in multiple occupation flats/houses.
    If you share accommodation with other people who are not self-isolating, you must be careful to manage use of shared facilities including kitchens and bathrooms for the duration of your self-isolation period. You must wear a face mask when using shared facilities and should:
    • Set up a rota system for using the kitchen, bathroom or other facility.
    • Use the facility after everyone else.
    • Eat food in your room rather than in communal areas.
    • Do not share utensils/equipment without being thoroughly cleaned first.
    • Note that use of communal laundry facilities will not be possible in halls of residence during the self-isolation period.
  5. You will not be able to leave your accommodation to exercise or to walk a pet during your self-isolation period.
    • Anticipate how this might affect you and organise activities you can do in your room – for example look for the RVC SAWC timetable of online classes.
    • There are also free online exercise classes available from a number of other sources e.g. Move More from Student Central.
    • If you are in private accommodation and have a pet, identify a friend or family member who will be able to walk your pet for you while you are in the self-isolation period. They will have to collect the pet without entering your accommodation.
  6. You should not have visitors, including friends and family, during your self-isolation period unless it is an emergency.
    • We know that this will be a bit challenging but our aim is to keep the campus as safe as possible so that you can resume your studies. Your efforts now will really help us to do this.
    • We also know that self-isolation can be a lonely for some people and we hope that the time will pass quickly for you. If you are self-isolating you will be receiving weekly welfare telephone checks and other support. Please also stay in touch with your tutor during the self-isolation period and you can also contact the RVC on the contact addresses below.
    • There are lots of resources available to help manage your mental wellbeing during the self-isolation period. For example:
  7. Stay Informed and Sign up the RVC Resilience Commitment.
    Please look at our website www.rvc.ac.uk to find out the latest RVC news and to make sure you keep up with our latest COVID-19 information and guidelines. Sign the Resilience Commitment and pledge to protect our community.

Contacts

Monday – Friday 9am-5pm Advice Centre: advice@rvc.ac.uk or 020 8051 3500

Out of Hours Contacts

    • Out of Hours GP: 111
    • Emergency assistance: 999
    • Police (non-emergency): 101
    • London Nightline - 020 7631 0101 (6pm to 8am term-time only) email: listening@nightline.org.uk Free calls on skype or talk on-line via website: www.nightline.org.uk  or text: 07717 989 900 
    • Samaritans - 116 123  jo@samaritans.org
    • Students | Vetlife is a good resource specifically for veterinary medicine and nursing students  www.vetlife.org.uk/students
    • Vets Helpline offers confidential support every day of the year, specifically for veterinary surgeons, nurses, and students. If you're feeling under pressure or worried about a colleague, why not talk it over in confidence - call  to talk to someone with experience in the Vet Profession

BVetMed year 2, BSc Biosciences years 2 and 3, and Camden intercalation

Preparing for self-isolation on your arrival to the Camden Campus for Term 2 (BVetMed 2, BSc Biosciences years 2 and 3, and intercalation – returning students who were off-campus in Term 1, travelling from non-exempt countries)

This information is for those of you who are returning to the UK for Term 2 from countries where the UK Government requires you to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival – this is called a non-exempt country or territory. We appreciate your help and co-operation in this self-isolation requirement to protect our community – thank you.

The UK Government has published a list of travel corridor countries can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors. If the country you are travelling from or have made a transit stop in is not on this list, then it is non-exempt and you will have to follow the strict 14 day self-isolation as mandated by the UK Government. The travel corridor status of your country of departure/transit stop can change; this can happen with very little notice so please keep checking the list prior to departure.

  • You will need to fill in the passenger locator form anytime in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.
  • Upon arrival, you will need to travel directly to your accommodation.
  • You will need to self-isolate and not leave your accommodation, without exception for 14 full days from the time of your arrival in the UK.
  • Please time your arrival so that the 14th day is, at the latest, the day prior to the first face-to-face teaching session for your cohort. You will have been sent this information in an email.

The latest guidance from the UK Government can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.

Things to consider when preparing for self-Isolation

  1. Have you informed the RVC of your arrival details and plans for self-isolation? If not, please do so ASAP by completing the Term 2 questionnaire
  2. On arriving in the UK, guidelines require that you only use public transport (buses, coaches and trains) if you have no other option. If you do use public transport, you must wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 metres apart from other people. Pack (in your hand luggage) a face mask/covering to cover your nose and mouth before you travel. Ideally, carry a spare too.
    • Plan ahead and make sure that you are able to get to your accommodation e.g. by booking transport in advance. The RVC will not be providing transfers from the airport for returning students.
    • It will be cheaper to book a taxi ahead of time. There are a number of taxi companies in the Camden area (numbers can be found online) and also larger chains such as Addison Lee and Uber operate throughout the UK.
  3. You will be self-isolating during the first two weeks of term and will not be able to leave your accommodation to shop for food or medicine except in an emergency. You will need to be responsible for purchasing and keeping your food and medicine stocks at an appropriate level.
    • If you need to take regular medication, make sure you arrive with sufficient supplies to cover at the very least the full isolation period plus a couple of weeks just to ensure you do not run out
    • If you are not registered for a GP in the UK, you can do this using this link
    • We advise you to plan ahead and book an online food delivery from a supermarket.
      • If you are not already registered for online food deliveries, we suggest you set up your account and if possible, your first delivery before you travel. Supermarkets and delivery services include: www.tesco.com, www.coop.co.uk, www.sainsburys.co.uk and www.iceland.co.uk
      • If you wish to get take-away food delivered, many restaurants and take-away food shops are delivering through Deliveroo or Just Eat. We suggest you register before travelling so your account is set up for when you might need it.
      • If you are in private accommodation, you will be able to order food deliveries that can be brought to the front door of your house or flat but the delivery person will not be able enter your place of residence.
      • If you are in halls of residence, there will be arrangements in each hall for deliveries to be brought to the door of your flat or room during reasonable operating hours, so that you do not leave your accommodation to enter communal areas.
    • Plan ahead and identify any friends or family who would be able to support you in obtaining food and other supplies in an emergency during your self-isolation period.
      If you experience difficulties getting food or medication, please let us know asap on the Advice Centre contact telephone number below and we will be able to help you.
  4. Managing self-isolation in multiple occupation flats/houses.
    If you share accommodation with other people who are not self-isolating, you must be careful to manage use of shared facilities including kitchens and bathrooms for the duration of your self-isolation period. You must wear a face mask when using shared facilities and should:
    • Set up a rota system for using the kitchen, bathroom or other facility.
    • Use the facility after everyone else.
    • Eat food in your room rather than in communal areas.
    • Do not share utensils/equipment without being thoroughly cleaned first.
    • Note that use of communal laundry facilities will not be possible in halls of residence during the self-isolation period.
  5. You will not be able to leave your accommodation to exercise or to walk a pet during your self-isolation period.
    • Anticipate how this might affect you and organise activities you can do in your room – for example look for the RVC SAWC timetable of online classes.
    • There are also free online exercise classes available from a number of other sources e.g. Move More from Student Central.
    • If you are in private accommodation and have a pet, identify a friend or family member who will be able to walk your pet for you while you are in the self-isolation period. They will have to collect the pet without entering your accommodation.
  6. You should not have visitors, including friends and family, during your self-isolation period unless it is an emergency.
    • We know that this will be a bit challenging but our aim is to keep the campus as safe as possible so that you can resume your studies. Your efforts now will really help us to do this.
    • We also know that self-isolation can be a lonely for some people and we hope that the time will pass quickly for you. If you are self-isolating you will be receiving weekly welfare telephone checks and other support. Please also stay in touch with your tutor during the self-isolation period and you can also contact the RVC on the contact addresses below.
    • There are lots of resources available to help manage your mental wellbeing during the self-isolation period. For example:
  7. Stay Informed and Sign up the RVC Resilience Commitment.
    Please look at our website www.rvc.ac.uk to find out the latest RVC news and to make sure you keep up with our latest COVID-19 information and guidelines. Sign the Resilience Commitment and pledge to protect our community.

Contacts

Monday – Friday 9am-5pm Advice Centre: advice@rvc.ac.uk or 020 8051 3500

Out of Hours Contacts

  • Out of Hours GP: 111
  • Emergency assistance: 999
  • Police (non-emergency): 101
  • London Nightline - 020 7631 0101 (6pm to 8am term-time only) email: listening@nightline.org.uk Free calls on skype or talk on-line via website: www.nightline.org.uk  or text: 07717 989 900 
  • Samaritans - 116 123  jo@samaritans.org
  • Students | Vetlife is a good resource specifically for veterinary medicine and nursing students  www.vetlife.org.uk/students
  • Vets Helpline offers confidential support every day of the year, specifically for veterinary surgeons, nurses, and students. If you're feeling under pressure or worried about a colleague, why not talk it over in confidence - call  to talk to someone with experience in the Vet Profession

BVetMed years 4 and 5, VN year 1, Hawkshead MSci year 4, BSc Comp Path

Preparing for self-isolation on your arrival to the Hawkshead Campus for Term 2 (BVetMed 4 and 5, VN1, HH MSci year 4, BSc Comp Path – on-campus in Term 1, travel from any overseas countries)

This information is for those of you who are arriving in the UK from any overseas country; both travel corridor and non-exempt countries or territories. Those arriving from non-exempt countries must self-isolate by law and we are asking those of you from travel corridor countries to follow the same rules of self-isolate in order to protect the Hawkshead Campus and allow us to maintain the clinical activities that provide the clinical education that you need. We appreciate your help and co-operation in this self-isolation to protect our community – thank- you.

The latest guidance from the UK Government can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK. The key requirements are:

  • You will need to fill in the passenger locator form anytime in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.
  • Upon arrival, you will need to travel directly to your accommodation.
  • You will need to self-isolate and not leave your accommodation, without exception for 14 full days from the time of your arrival in the UK.
  • Please time your arrival so that the 14th day is, at the latest, the day prior to the first face-to-face teaching session for your cohort. You will have been sent this information in an email.

Things to consider when preparing for self-Isolation

  1. Have you informed the RVC of your arrival details and plans for self-isolation? If not, please do so ASAP by completing the Term 2 questionnaire
  2. On arriving in the UK, guidelines require that you only use public transport (buses, coaches and trains) if you have no other option. If you do use public transport, you must wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 metres apart from other people. Pack (in your hand luggage) a face mask/covering to cover your nose and mouth before you travel. Ideally, carry a spare too.
    • Plan ahead and make sure that you are able to get to your accommodation e.g. by booking transport in advance. The RVC will not be providing transfers from the airport for returning students.
    • It will be cheaper to book a taxi ahead of time. There are a number of taxi companies in the Camden area (numbers can be found online) and also larger chains such as Addison Lee and Uber operate throughout the UK.
  3. You will not be able to leave your accommodation to shop for food or medicine except in an emergency. You will need to be responsible for purchasing and keeping your food and medicine stocks at an appropriate level.
    • If you need to take regular medication, make sure you arrive with sufficient supplies to cover at the very least the full isolation period plus a couple of weeks just to ensure you do not run out
    • If you are not registered for a GP in the UK, you can do this using this link
    • We advise you to plan ahead and book an online food delivery from a supermarket.
      • If you are not already registered for online food deliveries, we suggest you set up your account and if possible, your first delivery before you travel. Supermarkets and delivery services include: www.tesco.com, www.coop.co.uk, www.sainsburys.co.uk and www.iceland.co.uk
      • If you wish to get take-away food delivered, many restaurants and take-away food shops are delivering through Deliveroo or Just Eat. We suggest you register before travelling so your account is set up for when you might need it.
      • If you are in private accommodation, you will be able to order food deliveries that can be brought to the front door of your house or flat but the delivery person will not be able enter your place of residence.
      • If you are in halls of residence, there will be arrangements in each hall for deliveries to be brought to the door of your flat or room during reasonable operating hours, so that you do not leave your accommodation to enter communal areas.
    • Plan ahead and identify any friends or family who would be able to support you in obtaining food and other supplies in an emergency during your self-isolation period.
      If you experience difficulties getting food or medication, please let us know asap on the Advice Centre contact telephone number below and we will be able to help you.
  4. Managing self-isolation in multiple occupation flats/houses.
    If you share accommodation with other people who are not self-isolating, you must be careful to manage use of shared facilities including kitchens and bathrooms for the duration of your self-isolation period. You must wear a face mask when using shared facilities and should:
    • Set up a rota system for using the kitchen, bathroom or other facility.
    • Use the facility after everyone else.
    • Eat food in your room rather than in communal areas.
    • Do not share utensils/equipment without being thoroughly cleaned first.
    • Note that use of communal laundry facilities will not be possible in halls of residence during the self-isolation period.
  5. You will not be able to leave your accommodation to exercise or to walk a pet during your self-isolation period.
    • Anticipate how this might affect you and organise activities you can do in your room – for example look for the RVC SAWC timetable of online classes.
    • There are also free online exercise classes available from a number of other sources e.g. Move More from Student Central.
    • If you are in private accommodation and have a pet, identify a friend or family member who will be able to walk your pet for you while you are in the self-isolation period. They will have to collect the pet without entering your accommodation.
  6. You should not have visitors, including friends and family, during your self-isolation period unless it is an emergency.
    • We know that this will be a bit challenging but our aim is to keep the campus as safe as possible so that you can resume your studies. Your efforts now will really help us to do this.
    • We also know that self-isolation can be a lonely for some people and we hope that the time will pass quickly for you. If you are self-isolating you will be receiving weekly welfare telephone checks and other support. Please also stay in touch with your tutor during the self-isolation period and you can also contact the RVC on the contact addresses below.
    • There are lots of resources available to help manage your mental wellbeing during the self-isolation period. For example:
  7. Stay Informed and Sign up the RVC Resilience Commitment.
    Please look at our website www.rvc.ac.uk to find out the latest RVC news and to make sure you keep up with our latest COVID-19 information and guidelines. Sign the Resilience Commitment and pledge to protect our community.

Contacts

Monday – Friday 9am-5pm Advice Centre: advice@rvc.ac.uk or 020 8051 3500

Out of Hours Contacts

  • Out of Hours GP: 111
  • Emergency assistance: 999
  • Police (non-emergency): 101
  • London Nightline - 020 7631 0101 (6pm to 8am term-time only) email: listening@nightline.org.uk Free calls on skype or talk on-line via website: www.nightline.org.uk  or text: 07717 989 900 
  • Samaritans - 116 123  jo@samaritans.org
  • Students | Vetlife is a good resource specifically for veterinary medicine and nursing students  www.vetlife.org.uk/students
  • Vets Helpline offers confidential support every day of the year, specifically for veterinary surgeons, nurses, and students. If you're feeling under pressure or worried about a colleague, why not talk it over in confidence - call  to talk to someone with experience in the Vet Profession

BVetMed year 3 and VN years 2,3 and 4

Preparing for self-isolation on your arrival to the Hawkshead Campus for Term 2 (BVetMed year 3 and VN years 2, 3 and 4 – who were off-campus in Term 1, travelling from any overseas countries)

This information is for those of you who are arriving in the UK from any overseas country; both travel corridor and non-exempt countries or territories. Those arriving from non-exempt countries must self-isolate by law and we are asking those of you from travel corridor countries to follow the same rules of self-isolate in order to protect the Hawkshead Campus and allow us to maintain the clinical activities that provide the clinical education that you need. We appreciate your help and co-operation in this self-isolation to protect our community – thank- you.

The latest guidance from the UK Government can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK. The key requirements are:

  • You will need to fill in the passenger locator form anytime in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.
  • Upon arrival, you will need to travel directly to your accommodation.
  • You will need to self-isolate and not leave your accommodation, without exception for 14 full days from the time of your arrival in the UK.
  • Please time your arrival so that the 14th day is, at the latest, the day prior to the first face-to-face teaching session for your cohort. You will have been sent this information in an email.

Things to consider when preparing for self-Isolation

  1. Have you informed the RVC of your arrival details and plans for self-isolation? If not, please do so ASAP by completing the Term 2 questionnaire
  2. On arriving in the UK, guidelines require that you only use public transport (buses, coaches and trains) if you have no other option. If you do use public transport, you must wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 metres apart from other people. Pack (in your hand luggage) a face mask/covering to cover your nose and mouth before you travel. Ideally, carry a spare too.
    • Plan ahead and make sure that you are able to get to your accommodation e.g. by booking transport in advance. The RVC will not be providing transfers from the airport for returning students.
    • It will be cheaper to book a taxi ahead of time. There are a number of taxi companies in the Camden area (numbers can be found online) and also larger chains such as Addison Lee and Uber operate throughout the UK.
  3. You will be self-isolating during the first two weeks of term and will not be able to leave your accommodation to shop for food or medicine except in an emergency. You will need to be responsible for purchasing and keeping your food and medicine stocks at an appropriate level.
    • If you need to take regular medication, make sure you arrive with sufficient supplies to cover at the very least the full isolation period plus a couple of weeks just to ensure you do not run out
    • If you are not registered for a GP in the UK, you can do this using this link
    • We advise you to plan ahead and book an online food delivery from a supermarket.
      • If you are not already registered for online food deliveries, we suggest you set up your account and if possible, your first delivery before you travel. Supermarkets and delivery services include: www.tesco.com, www.coop.co.uk, www.sainsburys.co.uk and www.iceland.co.uk
      • If you wish to get take-away food delivered, many restaurants and take-away food shops are delivering through Deliveroo or Just Eat. We suggest you register before travelling so your account is set up for when you might need it.
      • If you are in private accommodation, you will be able to order food deliveries that can be brought to the front door of your house or flat but the delivery person will not be able enter your place of residence.
      • If you are in halls of residence, there will be arrangements in each hall for deliveries to be brought to the door of your flat or room during reasonable operating hours, so that you do not leave your accommodation to enter communal areas.
    • Plan ahead and identify any friends or family who would be able to support you in obtaining food and other supplies in an emergency during your self-isolation period.
      If you experience difficulties getting food or medication, please let us know asap on the Advice Centre contact telephone number below and we will be able to help you.
  4. Managing self-isolation in multiple occupation flats/houses.
    If you share accommodation with other people who are not self-isolating, you must be careful to manage use of shared facilities including kitchens and bathrooms for the duration of your self-isolation period. You must wear a face mask when using shared facilities and should:
    • Set up a rota system for using the kitchen, bathroom or other facility.
    • Use the facility after everyone else.
    • Eat food in your room rather than in communal areas.
    • Do not share utensils/equipment without being thoroughly cleaned first.
    • Note that use of communal laundry facilities will not be possible in halls of residence during the self-isolation period.
  5. You will not be able to leave your accommodation to exercise or to walk a pet during your self-isolation period.
    • Anticipate how this might affect you and organise activities you can do in your room – for example look for the RVC SAWC timetable of online classes.
    • There are also free online exercise classes available from a number of other sources e.g. Move More from Student Central.
    • If you are in private accommodation and have a pet, identify a friend or family member who will be able to walk your pet for you while you are in the self-isolation period. They will have to collect the pet without entering your accommodation.
  6. You should not have visitors, including friends and family, during your self-isolation period unless it is an emergency.
    • We know that this will be a bit challenging but our aim is to keep the campus as safe as possible so that you can resume your studies. Your efforts now will really help us to do this.
    • We also know that self-isolation can be a lonely for some people and we hope that the time will pass quickly for you. If you are self-isolating you will be receiving weekly welfare telephone checks and other support. Please also stay in touch with your tutor during the self-isolation period and you can also contact the RVC on the contact addresses below.
    • There are lots of resources available to help manage your mental wellbeing during the self-isolation period. For example:
  7. Stay Informed and Sign up the RVC Resilience Commitment.
    Please look at our website www.rvc.ac.uk to find out the latest RVC news and to make sure you keep up with our latest COVID-19 information and guidelines. Sign the Resilience Commitment and pledge to protect our community.

Contacts

Monday – Friday 9am-5pm Advice Centre: advice@rvc.ac.uk or 020 8051 3500

Out of Hours Contacts

  • Out of Hours GP: 111
  • Emergency assistance: 999
  • Police (non-emergency): 101
  • London Nightline - 020 7631 0101 (6pm to 8am term-time only) email: listening@nightline.org.uk Free calls on skype or talk on-line via website: www.nightline.org.uk  or text: 07717 989 900 
  • Samaritans - 116 123  jo@samaritans.org
  • Students | Vetlife is a good resource specifically for veterinary medicine and nursing students  www.vetlife.org.uk/students
  • Vets Helpline offers confidential support every day of the year, specifically for veterinary surgeons, nurses, and students. If you're feeling under pressure or worried about a colleague, why not talk it over in confidence - call  to talk to someone with experience in the Vet Profession

BSc Biosciences year 1, Camden PGT

Preparing for self-isolation on your arrival to the Camden Campus for Term 2 (BSc Biosciences year 1, Postgraduate Taught Programme students who were off-campus in Term 1, travelling from non-exempt countries)

This information is for those of you who are returning to the UK for Term 2 from countries where the UK Government requires you to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival – this is called a non-exempt country or territory. We appreciate your help and co-operation in this self-isolation requirement to protect our community – thank you.

The UK Government has published a list of travel corridor countries can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors. If the country you are travelling from or have made a transit stop in is not on this list, then it is non-exempt and you will have to follow the strict 14 day self-isolation as mandated by the UK Government. The travel corridor status of your country of departure/transit stop can change; this can happen with very little notice so please keep checking the list prior to departure.

  • You will need to fill in the passenger locator form anytime in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.
  • Upon arrival, you will need to travel directly to your accommodation.
  • You will need to self-isolate and not leave your accommodation, without exception for 14 full days from the time of your arrival in the UK.
  • Please time your arrival so that the 14th day is, at the latest, the day prior to the first face-to-face teaching session for your cohort. You will have been sent this information in an email.

The latest guidance from the UK Government can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.

Things to consider when preparing for self-Isolation

  1. Have you informed the RVC of your arrival details and plans for self-isolation? If not, please do so ASAP by completing the Term 2 questionnaire
  2. On arriving in the UK, guidelines require that you only use public transport (buses, coaches and trains) if you have no other option. If you do use public transport, you must wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 metres apart from other people. Pack (in your hand luggage) a face mask/covering to cover your nose and mouth before you travel. Ideally, carry a spare too.
    • For international students arriving to start at the RVC for the first time, we will organise transfer for you from the airport to your accommodation. We will be in touch with you individually to arrange this.
  3. You will be self-isolating during the first two weeks of term. You will not be able to leave your accommodation to shop for food or medicine except in an emergency. For those international students who are arriving to start at the RVC for the first time, we will support you with obtaining food supplies. We will be in touch with you individually to arrange this. However, you will need to be responsible for purchasing and keeping any medicine stocks at an appropriate level.
    • If you need to take regular medication, make sure you arrive with sufficient supplies to cover at the very least the full isolation period plus a couple of weeks just to ensure you do not run out
    • If you are not registered for a GP in the UK, you can do this using this link
    • We advise that you to plan ahead and book and sign up to food delivery services from a supermarket before you arrive – you will find this useful throughout the term.
      • If you are not already registered for online food deliveries, we suggest you set up your account and if possible, your first delivery before you travel. Supermarkets and delivery services include: www.tesco.com, www.coop.co.uk, www.sainsburys.co.uk and www.iceland.co.uk
      • If you wish to get take-away food delivered, many restaurants and take-away food shops are delivering through Deliveroo or Just Eat. We suggest you register before travelling so your account is set up for when you might need it.
      • If you are in private accommodation, you will be able to order food deliveries that can be brought to the front door of your house or flat but the delivery person will not be able enter your place of residence.
      • If you are in halls of residence, there will be arrangements in each hall for deliveries to be brought to the door of your flat or room during reasonable operating hours, so that you do not leave your accommodation to enter communal areas.
    • Plan ahead and identify any friends or family who would be able to support you in obtaining food and other supplies in an emergency during your self-isolation period.
      If you experience difficulties getting food or medication, please let us know asap on the Advice Centre contact telephone number below and we will be able to help you.
  4. Managing self-isolation in multiple occupation flats/houses.
    If you share accommodation with other people who are not self-isolating, you must be careful to manage use of shared facilities including kitchens and bathrooms for the duration of your self-isolation period. You must wear a face mask when using shared facilities and should:
    • Set up a rota system for using the kitchen, bathroom or other facility.
    • Use the facility after everyone else.
    • Eat food in your room rather than in communal areas.
    • Do not share utensils/equipment without being thoroughly cleaned first.
    • Note that use of communal laundry facilities will not be possible in halls of residence during the self-isolation period.
  5. You will not be able to leave your accommodation to exercise or to walk a pet during your self-isolation period.
    • Anticipate how this might affect you and organise activities you can do in your room – for example look for the RVC SAWC timetable of online classes.
    • There are also free online exercise classes available from a number of other sources e.g. Move More from Student Central.
    • If you are in private accommodation and have a pet, identify a friend or family member who will be able to walk your pet for you while you are in the self-isolation period. They will have to collect the pet without entering your accommodation.
  6. You should not have visitors, including friends and family, during your self-isolation period unless it is an emergency.
    • We know that this will be a bit challenging but our aim is to keep the campus as safe as possible so that you can resume your studies. Your efforts now will really help us to do this.
    • We also know that self-isolation can be a lonely for some people and we hope that the time will pass quickly for you. If you are self-isolating you will be receiving weekly welfare telephone checks and other support. Please also stay in touch with your tutor during the self-isolation period and you can also contact the RVC on the contact addresses below.
    • There are lots of resources available to help manage your mental wellbeing during the self-isolation period. For example:
  7. Stay Informed and Sign up the RVC Resilience Commitment.
    Please look at our website www.rvc.ac.uk to find out the latest RVC news and to make sure you keep up with our latest COVID-19 information and guidelines. Sign the Resilience Commitment and pledge to protect our community.

Contacts

Monday – Friday 9am-5pm Advice Centre: advice@rvc.ac.uk or 020 8051 3500

Out of Hours Contacts

  • Out of Hours GP: 111
  • Emergency assistance: 999
  • Police (non-emergency): 101
  • London Nightline - 020 7631 0101 (6pm to 8am term-time only) email: listening@nightline.org.uk Free calls on skype or talk on-line via website: www.nightline.org.uk  or text: 07717 989 900 
  • Samaritans - 116 123  jo@samaritans.org
  • Students | Vetlife is a good resource specifically for veterinary medicine and nursing students  www.vetlife.org.uk/students
  • Vets Helpline offers confidential support every day of the year, specifically for veterinary surgeons, nurses, and students. If you're feeling under pressure or worried about a colleague, why not talk it over in confidence - call  to talk to someone with experience in the Vet Profession


Interns and Residents

See the Interns and Residents section of our COVID-19 FAQ

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