Published: 10 Apr 2024 | Last Updated: 12 Apr 2024 11:43:17

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is, for the fourth consecutive year, celebrating its leading position for Veterinary Science in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2024. It is the fifth time the RVC has earned the top ranking. 

QS analysed the reputation and research of almost 5,000 institutions across 55 narrow subject areas and five broad subject areas, creating more than 19,100 ranked entries. The rankings were then finalised using several indicators including, Academic Reputation; Employer Reputation; Citations per Paper; and H-Index, which quantifies the output and influence of scholarly output. 

For the eighth consecutive year, the RVC maintained its perfect score of 100 for Academic Reputation. It has also strengthened its achievements in Employer Reputation, reflecting the employability and impact of the RVC’s graduates and alumni and the institution’s standing amongst employers. The institution’s scores for citations and H-Index have also improved at 99.7 and 98.1 respectively. 

Professor Stuart Reid CBE, President & Principal of the RVC, said:                                                                    

‘’We are delighted to receive news of the latest QS rankings and to know that, in a highly competitive sector, our reputation continues to be recognised internationally. Being ranked highly by one’s peers is humbling, and I am grateful for the efforts of all those who contributed to this outcome. It is particularly pleasing that our graduates and alumni are making such a positive impact with their employers in their chosen careers.’’

The RVC offers internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences. Complementing each other, these programmes support the RVC’s veterinary remit and are also underpinned by an intensive research portfolio. Teaching in its internationally renowned first-opinion and specialist referral services provides students with access to innovative diagnostics and treatments across numerous species throughout their education and training. 

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About the RVC

  • The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a Member Institution of the University of London. 
  • It is one of the few veterinary schools in the world that hold accreditations from the RCVS in the UK (with reciprocal recognition from the AVBC for Australasia, the VCI for Ireland and the SAVC for South Africa), the EAEVE in the EU, and the AVMA in the USA and Canada. 
  • The RVC is ranked as the top veterinary school in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject, 2024. 
  • The RVC offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences. 
  • The RVC is a research-led institution, with 88% of its research rated as internationally excellent or world class in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. 
  • The RVC provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals and first opinion practices in London and Hertfordshire. 

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