We understand that when making a will, family and friends come first. But perhaps after remembering those close to you, you might consider leaving a gift to the Royal Veterinary College. 

Why remember the Royal Veterinary College?

Your gift will help us support and educate future generations of veterinary professionals and ensure the Royal Veterinary College remains a leader in veterinary and biomedical sciences, clinical practice and education. Your legacy could:          

  • Support bright young minds with their studies by enabling us to offer scholarships & bursaries or fund academic posts        
  • Improve animal welfare by supporting our pioneering research programmes or clinical facilities        
  • Develop our teaching facilities to ensure our students are able to learn using the most up to date equipment

Leaving a legacy to the Royal Veterinary College could help talented individuals like Rebecca Geddes.

Rebecca was a practicing vet, frustrated with the lack of progress in the veterinary world in treating cats with kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. She wanted to get involved with research into these conditions, but found it difficult to find the funding to support her work. Thanks to funding received via a legacy, we were able to offer Rebecca a PhD studentship. 

Rebecca explains:

“My PhD has enabled me to work closely with cats and their owners to generate data that is directly applicable to feline practice. My work looks at geriatric cats with chronic kidney disease, which is a very common medical problem.” Two original research papers have been published as a result of Rebecca’s work examining the involvement of a novel hormone in kidney disease, which previously had not been looked at in cats. Rebecca says, “My research will inform clinical practice and contribute towards improving feline welfare, and this is thanks to the invaluable funding received to support my PhD studentship.”  

Your gift – large or small – will have a great and lasting impact on Royal Veterinary College students and animal welfare.  

How do I leave a legacy?

We always recommend that you consult a solicitor before making or changing your will. We hope the downloadable information below will be useful when you are considering including a legacy to the Royal Veterinary College: 

Why is it important to make a will? 

How do I include a legacy for the Royal Veterinary College?  

Does leaving a legacy have tax benefits?

Can I make a donation to the RVC in memory of a friend, relative or fellow alumnus?

If you would like to donate in memory of friends or colleagues you have sadly lost, you can celebrate their life through a gift to the Alumni Tribute Fund.

From funding the development of state-of-the-art teaching facilities to offering life-changing opportunities through scholarships and bursaries, your gift to the Alumni Tribute Fund will help future students get the most out of their time at the RVC and help us remember those we have lost. For further details, please contact us on 01707 666237 or act@rvc.ac.uk

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Get in touch

If you would like further information on how to leave a legacy to the Royal Veterinary College, or for an informal chat about how your gift can help our students and improve animal welfare, please contact 

  01707 666237


  Royal Veterinary College Animal Care Trust, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire, AL9 7TA

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