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 210 staff, is led by the Chief Operating Officer, Ian Darker.

There are five Academic Support and Development (ASD)Teams:

  • Academic Quality and Learning Development is responsible for academic quality assurance and enhancement, learning development, and academic governance.
  • Academic Registry is responsible for the following services to current and prospective, undergraduate and postgraduate students: provision of fees and student funding advice; provision of welfare and disability support and advice; specialist careers advice; examination arrangements and advice; result and transcripts; timetable information; general and programme specific regulations; and enrolment administration. In addition the Graduate School stimulates development, ensures best practice in post-graduate education and provides the focus for the administration of graduate matters.
  • Development Office manages voluntary income for the College and incorporates the Animal Care Trust and Alumni Relations (see RVC4Life).
  • eMedia Unit supports the innovative development of electronic media to support teaching, research and administration within the RVC.
  • Library & Information Services is at the forefront of services and facilities relating to the College's information and technology provision - via computers, mobile devices, AV or traditional media - to meet the needs of our users.

There are two additional teams which are part of ASD, but which take their strategic direction from the Vice-Principal (Clinical Services) and the Vice-Principal (Learning and the Student Experience) respectively:

  • Marketing and Communications is responsible for providing guidance and advice to the College on all aspects of promotion to support delivery of the goals set out in the Strategic Plan
  • RVC Access is responsible for student recruitment, marketing and admissions to taught programmes; Study Abroad and short courses, widening participation and outreach, community engagement, social media and the development of the RVC’s internationalisation strategy. RVC Access also supports course development and the annual academic planning process.

Two further teams are part of Professional Services, but not part of ASD:

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