Published: 09 Mar 2017 | Last Updated: 10 Aug 2023 11:10:54

1st and 3rd place rosettes

The Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC) has once again been ranked as one of the top three veterinary schools in the world by the prestigious QS World University Rankings.

For the third year in succession the RVC has held its position at number three in the global table making it the top vet school in the UK and Europe and the highest ranked outside North America. It is the only independent veterinary school in the top three.

The 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject features 1,127 universities from 74 countries, ranked across 46 disciplines, providing the most comprehensive global overview of higher education performance at a discipline level. The universities were judged on academic reputation, research impact and citations as well as employer reputation per subject in order to rank in the QS survey. The RVC scored highest out of the top three universities on academic reputation and citations. To view the complete table of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, see

Professor Stuart Reid
Professor Stuart WJ Reid

Professor Stuart Reid, RVC Principal said, “I am delighted that the RVC continues to be held in the highest regard amongst our international peer group. With this recognition and with our base in one of the world's greatest cities, the RVC is very much open for business on a global stage and committed to the highest standards in education, research and clinical service.”

Established in 1791 and based in London, UK, the RVC is the oldest veterinary school in the English-speaking world and is the only veterinary school in the world to be accredited at the highest level by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Australian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the Royal Society of Biology. RVC graduates practice as vets, researchers and scientists around the world. The RVC has internationally renowned veterinary medicine and nursing degrees which it delivers at undergraduate and postgraduate level. As well as these courses, the RVC also has a well-established biological sciences programme which complements its veterinary remit and is underpinned by an intensive research portfolio which was judged as the best in England by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Professor David Church
Professor David Church

Professor David Church, the RVC’s Vice Principal for Learning and the Student Experience said, “We are delighted the RVC’s contribution to the advancement of veterinary science has again been recognised in the latest QS rankings. The RVC has made focused and sustained investment to ensure the RVC continues to deliver an outstanding and supportive experience for all its students.  Our programmes are all taught by internationally recognised educators, who are expert in their fields.  This ranking is further evidence that the educational experience at the RVC occurs in an environment which is rich in excellence and expertise in all areas of veterinary and related sciences.”

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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 9 March 2017

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