Our Facilities

Our Facilities

Based at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, our specialists have access to facilities that are the envy of referral services and veterinary schools around the world. Continuous investment in equipment, and in our team, enables us to push the boundaries of veterinary medicine and small animal surgery. As well as access to sophisticated technology and equipment in our theatres, wards and intensive care unit, clinicians benefit from the knowledge-base of the RVC.

Our facilities
  • Queen Mother Hospital


    The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals is at RVC's Hawkshead Campus near Potters Bar. The hospital has some of the best clinical facilities in the world. Being on the campus of the UK’s largest veterinary school gives our clinicians instant access to cutting-edge research, as well as allowing us to deliver exceptional evidence-based practice while training the veterinary specialists of the future.

  • ICU & Emergency Room

    Our Emergency Room (ER) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are where our team stabilises, treats and cares for patients requiring a high level of support. The work of the ER is aided by our in-house diagnostic laboratory services and blood bank. The state-of-the-art veterinary ICU offers advanced care for critically ill patients and includes a High Dependency Unit for complex cases requiring one-to-one support.

  • Hydrotherapy Pool and Treadmill

    Our hydrotherapy pool and treadmill are in a purpose-built and self-contained building next door to the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals. Jets in the pool allow our physiotherapy and rehabilitation team to vary the intensity of the exercise for patients. The facilities are useful for dogs recovering from operations and injuries and those with neurological conditions or arthritis. 

  • Operating Theatres

    The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals has seven state-of-the-art theatres equipped with video cameras to enable students, veterinary specialists in training and other specialists to observe operations remotely or afterwards. Specialists come from around the world to learn from our surgeons. Our sterilising suites include two industrial autoclaves to ensure maximum efficiency and patient safety - which is our primary concern.