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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 Development Office.

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