We were the first veterinary school in the world to achieve full accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and full recognition by the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), as well as a reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC).

Currently we hold full recognition or accreditation from RCVS, AVBC and AVMA and conditional from EAEVE.

What does this mean for you? It means that when you graduate in veterinary medicine at the RVC, you will be qualified to practise in Europe, North America and many Asian and African countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand – a real advantage for those looking to develop an international career.

The decision to seek accreditation is linked to a desire to benchmark our strategies and processes against global norms in the veterinary and biomedical sciences. Accreditation confirms that our programmes and management meet or exceed international standards.

AVMA Accreditation

logo of the AVMA If you gain a vet degree from the RVC you have an edge if you want to work in the USA and Canada (notwithstanding any visa requirements). 

That’s because the RVC has full accreditation from the Council of Education (COE) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). To practice in North America you have to graduate from an accredited school, pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE - see below) and satisfy state/provincial veterinary board requirements where relevant – just as you would if graduating from any North American School.

The COE of the AVMA most recently visited the RVC in November 2018 and granted the College accredited status for seven years. The next visit is due in 2025. The full visit report will be published here www.avma.org


To practice veterinary medicine in North America, graduates from accredited schools, including those in the USA and Canada, also have to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). 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%).

Further information

EAEVE Accreditation

logo of the EAEVEFollowing a visit to The Royal Veterinary College in November 2018, EAEVE (European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education) has granted the College conditional accreditation.

The College’s Self Evaluation Report prepared for the November 2018 accreditation visit is available to download here:

Self Evaluation Report 2018

The EAEVE report for the November 2018 visit is available to download here:

EAEVE visit report, as approved by ECOVE

Accreditation by EAEVE provides Europe-wide assurance of the RVC's academic standards and the quality of its veterinary medicine degree programme.

For more information see www.eaeve.org

RCVS Accreditation

Veterinary Medicine

If you want to practice as a vet in the UK you have to be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

The simplest way to become RCVS-registered is to graduate from a veterinary degree, like the RVC’s BVetMed, that is approved for registration purposes (i.e. accredited) by the RCVS.

The RCVS undertakes formal visitations to universities to ensure that veterinary degree standards are being maintained. The RCVS most recently visited the RVC in November 2018 and accredited the College for a full seven years. The outcome will be published here www.rcvs.org.uk

Veterinary Nursing

The RCVS has also granted full approval to the RVC's Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing, making the RVC one of only 13 institutions to have a veterinary nursing course fully accredited by the RCVS.


For more information see www.rcvs.org.uk

AVBC Accreditation

Want to specialise in treating marsupials when you graduate as a vet?

The good news is that if you gain a BVetMed degree from the RVC, you can register to practice in Australia and New Zealand without requiring any further qualifications. That’s because there’s a reciprocal recognition agreement between the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which approves the BVetMed, and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC).

For more information about practicing Down Under, see www.avbc.asn.au    

Royal Society of Biology

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


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.  

Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.  

Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.  

For more information see www.rsb.org.uk    

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