As an alumnus of the Royal Veterinary College and member of the RVC4Life community, you qualify for some special benefits.

These include access to the RVC's physical library resources, conferencing facilities and discounted CPD and postgraduate study.

Lifelong learning

RVC CPD discount

As an alumnus, you are entitled to a 20%* discount on CPD courses here at the RVC. Please email us for the discount code which can be used to book courses online or over the phone.

*20% off discount excludes already discounted CPD courses, recorded webinars, recorded webinar plus courses and live webinars.

Postgraduate Study discount

Did you know we offer a 20% discount on all taught postgraduate course tuition fees to RVC alumni?   

Only full postgraduate degree programmes are included including our Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Nursing  (i.e. not PGCerts or PG Dips) and candidates cannot be enrolling on a programme that awards an equivalent or lower qualification to one they already hold.  

See for full terms and conditions. For more information about our postgraduate course portfolio please contact RVC Admissions.

London Vet Show discount

RVC alumni are entitled to discounted entry to the London Vet Show which is held at the ExCel in London each November. The London Vet Show is a national two day conference and exhibition which offers world-class clinical and business content to veterinary professionals. We will advertise any available discount via our alumni e-newsletters so please email us if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

Library Services

The library at our Hawkshead Campus is well stocked with items relating mainly to clinical veterinary work and research. There is a  large collection of clinical and basic science textbooks and many current journals. The journal collection extends online through computers within the library to a large ejournal and ebook resource and also in print, historically dating back to the first ever edition of The Veterinary Record. The Library catalogue can be searched from the RVC website.

Access to these resources is free and openly available to all alumni of the college, and we would welcome all to visit. The library itself has a large open plan study area and isolated study rooms; there are photocopiers available for use. If you live locally and would like to use this for private study, you can book in as a visitor and come along.


The library archives are extensive as you can imagine from a college that is over 200 years old. We have many journals dating back further than online resources allow access to and also a collection of unique old textbooks. If you would like to reserve any book or journal please contact us, for old journals please allow at least one business day to retrieve them from the archives.


The RVC also runs a bookshop from the library office at Hawkshead which offers discounts on many Veterinary Science reference books. If you would like a quote please email If you know the book you wish to order you can email the title (and, if known, the ISBN) and delivery address and it will be ordered for you. Most orders take approximately 7-10 working days to arrive. We will then invoice your Veterinary Practice for the cost or you can pay by credit card.

If you still need to order through the library using a grant code, please email full details to and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Hawkshead Library Opening Hours

Term Time hours

Vacation hours

Monday - Friday









For further information on IT and Library Services please contact Sally Burton, Head of Infrastructure Customer Services.

Library: 0207 568 5180

Please note - to access the campus and library you will need to have a security swipe card. You can collect this from the main gate at the entrance to the campus. Please print out and complete this campus access form to give to security in order to receive the card, which you must return at the end of your visit. While on campus your access card will allow you to entrance only to the Eclipse building and the refectory.

While on college grounds we ask that you follow any local rules and do not bring animals onto the campus. Thank you.

RVC Learn

If you graduated within the last 18 months, you can still access RVC Learn.

RVC Learn is a virtual learning environment where you will find resources such as current course & lecture notes, videos and podcasts which we hope will be useful to you during your early days in the working world. You can access RVC Learn by logging in using your RVC username and password.

Campus facilities

As an RVC graduate, you still have access to some of the College's facilities. Find out more below:

Accommodation and Conference facilities

We have modern meeting facilities above the Hawkshead restaurant which can be booked by RVC alumni. We are able to offer a 50% discount on all bookings via the Alumni Relations team. Please contact us for more details about the facilities and how you can book them.

external view of restaurant and conference centre at Hawkshead
Restaurant and Conference Centre


We have our Annual Alumni Reunion, which takes place every October at the Hawkshead Campus, as well as other reunions and drinks receptions that take place both in the UK and overseas.

For more details on all our upcoming events, please visit our website or email us for more details.

Previous RVC reunions

225 years of the RVC Alumni reunion weekend 

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October 2016

Celebrating 225 years of Veterinary Education

The RVC is the oldest veterinary school in the English-speaking world, and the creation of the College, in 1791, marked the establishment of the veterinary profession Britain. Over the centuries it has continued to lead the way in veterinary practice and science.

Starting out as a horse infirmary with a handful of students, the RVC has become a world-class science-based institution, producing internationally renowned veterinarians and scientists. It is also at the forefront of the education and training of veterinary nurses.

The diverse undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered by the RVC attract students, researchers and clinicians from around the world. The College’s hospitals are global leaders in veterinary medicine and care, and RVC veterinary experts receive referrals from across the UK and beyond.

To mark 225 years and celebrate the heritage of veterinary and scientific education, the RVC invited alumni back to attend a programme of events. including a gala dinner on Saturday and an Open Day and Campus Tour on Sunday.

Sunday’s activities included displays focusing on the history of the RVC, talks, a film screening and an ethical debate.The ethical debate related to the balance between business and welfare in all aspects of veterinary work. There were events for staff at both the Camden and Hertfordshire campuses on the Friday to mark the College’s birthday.

Commenting on the 225-year birthday, RVC Principal Stuart Reid said: “It is a great honour to lead the RVC, which has achieved so much over the centuries, within this era of so many exciting breakthroughs. The College has always looked beyond the horizon to make advancements in science and practice, for the benefit of patients and communities globally, yet it is crucial to also recognise the essential contributions of those who have gone before. The early pioneers and those who followed them played essential roles in the evolution of both veterinary and human medicine and the advancement of science.”

Professor Reid added: “As we celebrate 225 years as a world-leading institution, we honour all who have worked and studied here through the centuries. Our current advances in knowledge are built on the efforts of all who have been part of the RVC through the centuries. By acknowledging this heritage, we also reflect on how efforts being made today by researchers, practitioners and students have long-term implications for animal health and welfare globally.”  

How to organise a reunion

Would you like to organise a reunion for all your friends from The Royal Veterinary College?

We have written a brief guide to organising an RVC alumni reunion, which contains all the guidance you need to get started.

if you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Alumni Relations team

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