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 (ESEVT of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education) 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

You will be entitled to work as a veterinarian in the UK as soon as you have earned your BVetMed degree and, have registered as a Member of the RCVS. Following the UK’s departure from the EU graduates seeking to work in EU member states, with the exception of Ireland, should consult the regulatory authority of the country in which they wish to pursue employment. The Federation of Veterinarians in Europe maintains a useful list of contacts here.

Reciprocal arrangements between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (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, visa requirements notwithstanding.

  • For further information about practicing in Australia and New Zealand, see www.avbc.asn.au 
  • For further information about practicing in South Africa, see www.savc.org.za/ 
  • For further information about practising in Ireland, see www.vci.ie 

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. 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, and notwithstanding any visa requirements.

In 2020/21, the most recent year for which figures are available, 82 students out of a final year class of 276 took the NAVLE, and of those, 69 passed (84%). The pass rate required by the CoE Standard for Outcomes Assessment is currently 80%. For further information on the NAVLE, please visit www.icva.net/navle 

The BVetMed degree underwent a joint professional body accreditation visit in November 2018.
The RVC prepared a Self Evaluation Report for the November 2018 accreditation visit and the visit reports of each professional body can be found on their webpages via web-links provided below:

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 received Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology  in January 2021 for five years following an independent and rigorous assessment:  

Accreditation

  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences    
  • BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Sciences        
  • BSc (Hons) Animal Biology, Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics       
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Wildlife Health Sciences)

The following courses have been advanced accredited by the Royal Society of Biology in February 2021 for five years following an independent and rigorous assessment

Advanced Accreditation

  • BSc in Bioveterinary Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research    
  • BSc in Biological Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research           
  • MSci in Bioveterinary Sciences   
  • MSci in Bioveterinary Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research         
  • MSci in Biological Sciences        
  • MSci in Biological Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research         
  • MSci Applied Biological Research         
  • MSci Applied Bioveterinary Research         
  • MSci Wild Animal Biology (WAB) (to be phased out - final cohort expected to graduate in 2024)  
  • MSci Biological Sciences (Wildlife Health Sciences)        
  • MSci Biological Sciences (Wildlife Health Sciences) with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research

The reports can be found here.  

For more information see www.rsb.org.uk    

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