The RVC is one of the few veterinary schools in the world that hold accreditations from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the UK, the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) in the EU, and the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the USA and Canada.

Furthermore, RCVS accreditation ensures RVC veterinary graduates are licensed to work in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as South Africa.  In the case of our nursing courses, we are accredited in the UK by the RCVS and in the EU by the Accreditation Committee for Veterinary Nursing Education (ACOVENE), and our biological science programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

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Veterinary Medicine

The RVC is one of the few veterinary schools in the world that hold accreditations from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the UK, the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) in the EU, and the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the USA and Canada.

Furthermore, RCVS accreditation ensures RVC veterinary graduates are licensed to work in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as South Africa. 

You will be entitled to work as a veterinarian as soon as you have earned your BVetMed degree and registered as a Member of the RCVS.   

The RVC’s accreditation status with the EAEVE allows BVetMed graduates to register to practise in Europe without requiring any further qualifications*. Reciprocal arrangements between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC), the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI), and the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC), allows BVetMed Graduates to practice in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa without requiring any further qualifications*.   

In addition, the Council on Education (CoE) of the AVMA recognises the BVetMed degree as equivalent to those awarded by veterinary colleges in North America. The RVC received accreditation from the CoE of the AVMA during its most recent visit in November 2018. This accreditation is valid for seven years and the next visit by the AVMA is scheduled for 2025.

Some of the USA and Canada’s major veterinary employers recruit actively among our final year students. Please note, however, that you will be required to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) if you intend to work in North America after qualifying as well as satisfying state/provincial veterinary board requirements where relevant – just as you would if graduating from any North American school not withstanding any visa requirements.   

In 2018/19, the most recent year for which figures are available, 59 students out of a final year class of 257 took the NAVLE, and of those, 49 passed (83%). The pass rate required by the CoE Standard for Outcomes Assessment is currently 80%. For further information on the NAVLE, please visit https://www.icva.net/navle/.

The BVetMed degree underwent a joint professional body accreditation visit in November 2018.

The College prepared a Self Evaluation Report for the November 2018 accreditation visit.

The visit reports of each professional body can be found here:

The RCVS report will be published here once available https://www.rcvs.org.uk/setting-standards/accrediting-primary-qualifications/accrediting-veterinary-degrees/visitations/ 

Council on Education of the AVMA publish details about accreditation here: https://www.avma.org/education/center-for-veterinary-accreditation 

The EAEVE visit report, as approved by ECOVE is available to download here: https://www.eaeve.org/fileadmin/downloads/Final_Reports/FinalReportLondonJV2018.pdf 

For further information about practicing in Australia, see www.avbc.asn.au 

For further information about practicing in South Africa, see www.savc.org.za/ 

Veterinary Nursing

Our FdSc and years one to three of the BSc Veterinary Nursing courses are accredited in the UK by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and in the EU by the Accreditation Committee for Veterinary Nursing Education (ACOVENE).

These bodies set the standard for the delivery of veterinary nursing education in the United Kingdom and the European Union.

For further information about the RCVS accreditation, see https://www.rcvs.org.uk/setting-standards/accrediting-primary-qualifications/accrediting-veterinary-nursing-qualifications/ 

Biological Sciences

Our Biological Science programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

This symbol of excellence is highly regarded by employers and demonstrates our ability to develop your skills and expertise throughout your course. Not only does this mean you will gain an in-depth understanding of the subject, but that you also will have the opportunity to contribute to advancements in science through research projects.

The following courses have been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology in December 2015 following an independent and rigorous assessment:  

Accreditation

  • BSc in Bioveterinary Science

Interim Accreditation

  • BSc in Biological Sciences
  • BSc in Biological Sciences (Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics; ABWE)  

Advanced Accreditation

  • BSc in Bioveterinary Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research
  • MSci in Bioveterinary Sciences  
  • Interim Advanced Accreditation 
  • BSc in Biological Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research
  • MSci in Biological Sciences
  • MSci Applied Biological Research
  • MSci Applied Bioveterinary Research
  • MSci Wild Animal Biology (WAB)  

The reports can be found here.  

For more information see www.rsb.org.uk    

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