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.
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.
- RVC Small Animal Referrals - at Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Europe's leading small animal hospital.
- Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital - A first opinion hospital that is based in RVC Camden, providing a professional and caring service.
- Equine Practice - A first opinion practice serving Hertfordshire and other local areas, carrying out work in your yard or stables
- Equine Referral Hospital - Providing referral clinical services to equine practices and horse owners throughout the south of England.
- Farm Animal Clinical Centre - offers a 24 hour referral service for farm animal and camelid 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).
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. These are:
- RVC Access and International Engagement* 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.
- Learning and Wellbeing** is responsible for various student and staff facing services that promote wellbeing through how we deliver teaching and learning, and support the RVC community. The Advice Centre is responsible for the provision of: general advice on fees and student funding, housing, wellbeing and international student support; disability support and advice; and counselling and mental health support services. Educational Development works in collaboration with academic colleagues to develop inclusive approaches to curriculum design and enhancement, study skills support for students and ongoing staff development. Learning Technology and Innovation supports the design and development of innovative approaches to digital and blended learning. Careers and Employability offers careers events and advice to enable successful transitions to employment. The Chaplaincy offers non-judgemental support to deal with issues that arise through work or study.
- 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. Academic Quality is responsible for academic quality assurance and enhancement.
- Infrastructure Services manages the College's physical estate as well as the Library and all 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. 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 to managers and staff covering employee relations; Pay and Reward; Equality and Diversity and staff development; staff recruitment, contract administration and HR 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 to the College 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.
*Strategic direction from Deputy Principal & VP Students
**Strategic direction from VP for Teaching and Learning
- Research Centres
- Boltons Park Farm