The Royal Veterinary College's academic departments reflect the many challenges facing society today and ensures that our research, teaching and clinical activities continue to innovate and lead the way in veterinary medicine and science. 

Comparative Biomedical Sciences

The RVC's Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) is responsible for integrated teaching and research in various basic science disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology, genetics and physiology. Staff are based at both campuses.

Departmental focus

The department’s focus is to advance understanding of animal biology from the molecular to whole animal level and within this environment to train undergraduate and postgraduate students. This focus enables us to provide students with the cognitive skills and understanding of animal structure and function required for careers as veterinarians, scientists and veterinary paraprofessionals.

The department’s research interests, which feed into the College wide research themes, includes long-standing international strengths in a number of areas including biomechanics, musculoskeletal biology, cardiovascular biology, reproduction, development and pharmacology.

The department is committed to the provision of training of the highest standards and to the development of innovative methodologies.

Clinical Science and Services

The Royal Veterinary College's small and large animal hospitals treat more than 20,000 patients each year. A strong customer focus, together with first-class clinical services and treatment, provides a valued service for the general public and referring vets.

Pathobiology and Population Sciences

The Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences (PPS) is home to academic staff with a broad spectrum of professional interests and networks.

Expertise within the Department encompasses production animal (also known as farm animal, food animal or livestock) medicine, animal welfare, epidemiology, economics and veterinary public health, clinical and anatomic pathology, virology, bacteriology, immunology and parasitology.

That broad spectrum of expertise enables Departmental researchers to consider disease processes from the molecular and cellular level through to the whole animal and to animal populations. The effects of disease on welfare and the impact of disease on human-animal interactions and human health are fostered by this multidisciplinary approach.

The Department also provides extensive undergraduate and post-graduate teaching (including residency programs in pathology and epidemiology) and runs a large diagnostic service for clinical colleagues within the Royal Veterinary College and further afield.

Departmental staff work at both the Hawkshead and Camden campuses and at a number of sites across the UK.

Specialist consultancy advice is provided on a national and international basis.


This department was created in January 2017 by the merger of the departments of Pathology and Pathogen Biology (PPB), and Production and Population Health (PPH).

Professional Services

The Professional Services Department (PSD) plays a central role in ensuring the Royal Veterinary College functions efficiently and the right infrastructure is in place to provide the best experience for students and staff.

The department, which operates across both campuses and employs around 250 staff, is led by the Chief Operating Officer, Ian Darker.

There are seven Professional Service Department (PSD) Teams:

  • RVC Access and International Engagement is responsible for student recruitment and admissions to taught programmesStudy Abroad and short courses, widening participation and community engagement, as well as development of the RVC’s internationalisation strategy.
  • Learning and Wellbeing promotes wellbeing through how we deliver teaching and learning, and support to the wider RVC community. The Advice Centre provides general advice on student issues, counselling and mental health support. Learning & Teaching Enhancement and Support works with academic colleagues to develop inclusive approaches to curriculum design through ongoing staff development opportunities. It also provides Study skills Support to students. The Digital Learning Team supports innovative approaches to digital and blended learning. Careers and Employability offers careers events and advice. The Chaplaincy offers non-judgemental support to deal with issues that arise through work or study.
  • Academic Registry provides a range of further services to current and prospective students; including fees and funding; welfare and disability support, and guidance; examination arrangements and advice; results and transcripts; timetable information; general and programme specific regulations; and enrolment administration. In addition the Graduate School provides support to post-graduate programmes, while Academic Quality leads on quality assurance and enhancement.
  • Infrastructure Services manages the College's physical estate as well as the Library and all services and facilities relating to information and technology provision - via computers, mobile devices, AV or traditional media. The Campus Services Team looks after cleaning, security, reception, postal accommodation, maintenance and hospitality. In addition, capital developments, which include new build and major refurbishment are managed by our Projects Team.
  • Human Resources provides a range of services covering employee relations; pay and reward; equality and diversity, and staff development; staff recruitment, contract administration and employee information.
  • The Secretariat is responsible for corporate governance, compliance, strategic planning and risk, business continuity and executive support. In addition, Health and Safety, which encompasses the Occupational Health Service, provides a comprehensive and proactive service which aims to protect and enhance the health and safety of staff, students and other users to the College.
  • External Relations is responsible for providing guidance and advice on all aspects of promotion to support delivery of the goals set out in the Strategic Plan. In addition is responsible for the Animal Care Trust which manages voluntary income for the College, fundraising and charity governance, and Alumni Relations (see RVC4Life) and Events.

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