The RVC is the only veterinary school in the world to hold full accreditation from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), EAEVE (European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education), RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons), AVBC (Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.) and the Royal Society of Biology.
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.
If you gain a vet degree from the RVC you have an edge if you want to work in North America.
That’s because the RVC is the only English veterinary school to have full Accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association. To practice in North America, you have to graduate from an accredited school, and pass the NAVLE - see below.
When the RVC was last re-accredited by the AVMA, in 2012, we were commended in every area from facilities to curriculum, and from staffing to finances.
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 2015/16, the most recent year for which figures are available, 56 students out of a final year class of 246 took the NAVLE, and of those, 50 passed.
Following a visit to The Royal Veterinary College in October 2011, EAEVE (European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education) has granted the College full accreditation.
The RVC is the only vet school in the world to achieve full accreditation by EAEVE and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and full recognition by the UK's Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
The College’s Self Evaluation Reports prepared for EAEVE accreditation are available to download here:
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
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 and renewed the BVetMed’s recognition in 2010.
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
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 College’s BSc Bioveterinary Sciences with a Certificate in Work-Based Learning and Research has been granted Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology in the “Whole Organism Biology” category. It was one of the first courses in the UK to be accredited by the Society.
Advanced Accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, highlighting degrees that educate the R&D leaders and innovators of the future. Among the many criteria used by Royal Society of Biology to award advanced accreditation, degree programmes must demonstrate commitment to developing graduate employability skills. Graduates of an accredited programme like the RVC’s can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Biology at Member (MSB) level after just one year of practice, rather than the usual three years, so these RVC graduates will be able to become a Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist two years sooner than graduates from other degree programmes.
For more information see www.rsb.org.uk