The College was founded as the London Veterinary College in 1791, heralding the start of the veterinary profession in Britain.

The College holds a unique position in the English-speaking world of over two centuries of innovation and leadership in veterinary medicine. The RVC is one of 17 member institutions within the federation of the University of London. The recent passing of the University of London Act 2018 has enabled the member institutions of the federal University of London to seek university title in their own right, while remaining part of the federation. The RVC is seeking University title but this is subject to consideration by the Office for Students (an application was submitted in March 2019 with an expectation that a recommendation would be made by June 19 however we are still waiting for the OfS to conclude their process) and then approval by the Department for Education before final changes are made with Privy Council approval to our Charter and Statutes.

What is the RVC’s Charitable Status and how is it regulated by Government?

The College is a charitable body but is exempt from registration with and oversight by the Charity Commission under the terms of the Charities Act 2011 and therefore has no charity number. It is subject to the legal rules applicable to charities under English Law and to the general provisions of the Charities Acts. The College is treated as an exempt charity because it was created under Royal Charter and its principal statutory regulator, OfS , oversees its compliance with charity law.  

The College is also the sole trustee of the Animal Care Trust, which is an independent charity that is fully registered with the Charity Commission.

What is the College’s Registered Name and Address?

Legal name: The Royal Veterinary College
Also known as: Royal Veterinary College” and by the abbreviations (according to context): “the RVC” or “RVC
Campus Details: The College operates from two campuses: Camden, London and Hawkshead, Hertfordshire
Registered Office / Correspondence
address / Camden Campus address:
Royal College Street, Camden, London, NW1 0TU
Hawkshead Campus Address: Hawkshead House, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, AL9 7TA

Useful RVC Registration Numbers

Register No. (Companies House): RC000532
UK Register of Learning Providers No.: UKPRN 10007779
D-U-N-S Number (Dun & Bradstreet) 42-440-0844   (This number relates to Camden as the Registered Office of RVC)
VAT Reg. No.: 766414220
Information Commissioner’s Office No.: Z6779018 (RVC) and Z1106364 (Animal Care Trust) relating to FOI / DPA Issues ( )

How is the RVC Governed?

Governance provides the structure and mechanisms through which the RVC ensures that its leadership and management are fully accountable for its achievement of it charitable objects for the public benefit which include its vision of becoming a place of recommendation for education, clinical care, expert opinion and employment in veterinary medicine and science  

The constitution and governance of the College are directed by its RVC Charter and RVC Statutes. The College received it first Royal Charter from Queen Victoria on 16th April 1875, The most recently revised Charter and Statutes were approved by the Privy Council in July 2010.

The 1956 and 2007 versions of the RVC Charter & Statutes:  

(Copies of earlier Charter Documents can be obtained upon written request to the Secretary to Council)

The RVC's governing body is the RVC Council and details of current Members of Council can be found on this link, together with details of any other trusteeships / directorships held by them.  

The College complies with The Higher Education Code of Governance, issued by the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) in December 2014.  

What is the RVC’s financial status?

Copies of the RVC’s Annual Reports which include our Public Benefit statements and full audited Financial Statements (covering at least the past 5 years) can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Annual Reports & Financial Statements.  

What is the College’s Senior Management structure?

The College’s Executive Committee, chaired by the Principal, is the Principal’s central team and comprises Vice Principals, Heads of Academic Departments, as well as leaders of key operational areas.  

What is the interface between the RVC Council and the College’s Academic Activities?

The Academic Board is responsible to the RVC Council for the development and management of the College's academic affairs. The Academic Board manages its responsibilities through an Academic Committee Structure that covers the various areas of undergraduate and postgraduate activities.   

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