Published: 18 May 2017 | Last Updated: 10 Aug 2023 11:16:49

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is hosting the 30th General Assembly of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), the accreditation authority for veterinary education establishments in Europe.

The mission of the EAEVE is to evaluate, promote and develop the quality of veterinary medicine educational establishments and their teaching within Europe, including, but not limited to, member states of the European Union.

It is the first time the RVC has hosted the EAEVE General Assembly, which also welcomes senior veterinary academics and regulatory officials from around the world. The event spans the 18th and 19th of May and includes sessions at both the Camden campus of the RVC and the Hawkshead site in Hertfordshire.

This year marks the 225th anniversary of the RVC being established and the RVC has had a number of events honouring pioneers from the institution who established and progressed the veterinary profession in the UK. Therefore it is fitting to be hosting an EAEVE event focusing on skills required by modern vets and ways of further progressing veterinary education.  

The two-day event will commence with the EAEVE Annual General Assembly and on the second day, the Educational Symposium will focus on competence-based training and assessment including presentations by speakers from as far afield as Japan, Norway and Gran Canaria.

Commenting on the General Assembly coming to the RVC, RVC Principal Stuart Reid said: “The RVC is delighted to host the EAEVE 30th General Assembly at each of our campuses. As the only pan-European professional accreditation organisation, the 200 delegates of EAEVE represent the veterinary schools of the continent and we are honoured to receive these colleagues.

“The RVC welcomes the visitors and restates its commitment to international inclusivity in animal health and welfare and its mission as a global force in veterinary education and science.” 

As well as ensuring veterinarians are trained to the highest standard across Europe, EAEVE has the objective of reinforcing cooperation between member establishments and acts as a forum for discussion in order to improve and harmonise veterinary education. It also facilitates information exchange, staff exchange, student exchange and teaching materials exchange between members.

The RVC, which was the first veterinary school in the English-speaking world, is committed to working closely with institutions across the EU after Brexit, just as it currently collaborates with veterinary schools outside of the EU. With animal health interconnected with human health, and these and the research underpinning them being global in nature, the RVC always has been, and continues to be, global in its outlook. 

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Notes to Editors

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a constituent College of the University of London. The RVC offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences, being ranked in the top 10 universities nationally for biosciences degrees.  It is currently the only veterinary school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC.

A research-led institution, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) the RVC maintained its position as the top HEFCE funded veterinary focused research institution.

The RVC also provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals; the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital in central London, the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (Europe's largest small animal referral centre), the Equine Referral Hospital, and the Farm Animal Clinical Centre located at the Hertfordshire campus.

RVC Press Release 18 May 2017

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