The RVC has a unique heritage in the English speaking world of over 200 years of innovation and leadership in veterinary medicine and science.

Recent advances mean that the RVC now stands apart from its competitors as being the only vet school in the world to have accreditation from all the major professional bodies. Our programmes and our students are more varied, and more diverse, than any other.

The College is committed to the three pillars of its mission:

  • To education
  • To the discovery and translation of new knowledge
  • To the delivery of the very best clinical care and opinion  

Above all, we seek to push back the frontiers of what is possible in veterinary medicine and its associ­ated sciences.

Strategic Plan 2019-2021

Our Extended Strategic Plan (PDF) , published in late 2019, outlines our path for the next two years.

This plan identifies activities to which we will commit, the objectives on which we will focus and the broad metrics by which we expect to be judged.

Our vision

To be the place of recommendation for education, clinical care, expert opinion and employment in veterinary medicine and science

Our mission

To provide inspirational leadership and excellence in veterinary science through innovative scholarship and pioneering clinical activity

Our values

For any organisation with a commitment to health and welfare, one must expect that the values associated with care and compassion will be writ large. Indeed, there is no shortage of words that we might associate with our day-to-day activities. What defines us is the combination of professionalism and commitment, manifest in a culture of compassion and caring, that speaks to others of our respect for our heritage, our dedication to quality and innovation, our devotion to the advancement of knowledge and the alleviation of suffering.  

RVC Principal, Professor Stuart WJ Reid

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