Schools Outreach at the RVC aims to provide opportunities for disadvantaged and under-represented pupils to experience higher education. We prioritise secondary schools, however we recognise the benefit of careers advice at younger ages and we are able to allocate a limited number of primary sessions per term.

Please scroll down to view a list of our current Outreach Programmes.

As a Higher Education Institute our Widening Participation aims are to:

  • ensure that our commitment to equality of opportunity is reflected fully in the recruitment, admission, and subsequent support, both academic and non-academic, of students from all backgrounds
  • make information about the veterinary and related professions, and about the requirements of entry to these professions, more widely available
  • continue to facilitate the development of the profile of the veterinary and related professions so that they more closely reflect the communities that they serve
  • make a positive contribution to the quality of education and student aspirations in the our campus locations
  • provide a national lead and focus in widening participation in the veterinary and related disciplines

The Royal Veterinary College's Access and Participation Plan, outlining widening participation activity, bursaries and other financial and pastoral support can be found here

Afternoon Anatomy (Years 7 - 12)

Date: Wednesdays from January 2019 onwards
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
LocationCamden Campus, NW1 0TU 
Year Group: Years 7 – 12
Capacity: 30 pupils
Booking: For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.
Eligibility: To participate in this activity your school must be a state school and meet a number of additional Widening Participation criteria. Please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria.

This activity teaches comparative physiology in the animal world by introducing groups to different specimens. The session is split into two activities; a hands-on quiz in our anatomy museum conducted by the Head of Anatomy Mr Andrew Crook MBE, and an opporunity to look at physiology in context with our live calves, where groups can use a stethoscope and learn about bovine adaptations. At the RVC, animal welfare is very important so sometimes our calves are not available. At these times the second activity is a circus of veterinary skills including bandaging and basic patient examination.

Biology Masterclass (Year 12)

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
LocationCamden Campus, NW1 0TU or Hawkshead Campus, AL9 7TA
Year Group: Year 12
Capacity: 30 pupils
Booking: For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.
Eligibility: To participate in this activity your school must be a state school and meet a number of additional Widening Participation criteria. Please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria.

This activity, delivered by a Science Researcher at the RVC, provides a taster of university level learning. Students will develop a greater understanding of the science which underpins veterinary medicine and will take part in a practical in a teaching laboratory.

Previous topics have included "Reproduction" led by Professor Robert Abayasekarah and "Microbiology" led by Dr Sharon Kendall.

Chemistry Masterclass (Year 12)

Date: Wednesdays
Time13:00 – 15:00  
LocationCamden Campus, NW1 0TU or Hawkshead Campus, AL9 7TA
Year Group: Years 10 - 13
Capacity: 30 pupils (maximum)
Booking: For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.
Eligibility: To participate in this activity your school must be a state school and meet a number of additional Widening Participation criteria. Please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria.

This activity provides a taster of university level learning and emphasises the importance of chemistry in veterinary medicine. Students will develop a greater understanding of the chemistry which underpins veterinary medicine and will take part in a practical in a teaching laboratory led by an RVC Science Technician.

Please note, appliants to the Veterinary Medicine programme who have undertaken A levels need to study both Biology and Chemistry.

Equine Outreach (Years 7 - 13)

Dates: Wednesdays (please contact us for availability)
Time: 13:00 - 15:00. You may arrive from 12.15 pm for pupils to eat their packed lunches on site beforehand.
LocationHawkshead Campus 
Year Group: Years 7 – 13 
Capacity: 30 pupils 
Booking: For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.
Eligibility: To participate in this activity your school must be a state school and meet a number of additional Widening Participation criteria. Please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria.

Learners will develop their skills in horse handling, develop their understanding of adaptation and evolution in the context of horses and learn about horse anatomy using comparative examples. Learners will develop confidence through safely interacting with our trained teaching ponies. Confidence handling animals, including large animals, is an important skill that the RVC look for in Veterinary Medicine and Nursing students.

Session structure: introduction followed by small group activities including two with live horses.

Safety equipment and a risk assessment will be provided.

Assemblies and Careers Fairs at schools

Date: Flexible
Time: Flexible. Sessions last 1.5 hours (approx.)
Location: Your school
Year Group: Primary – Year 13 (priority given to secondary)
Capacity: 60 maximum (dependent on room size)
Booking: For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.
Eligibility: To participate in this activity your school must be a state school and meet a number of additional Widening Participation criteria. Please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria.

An RVC staff member or team of Student Ambassadors can visit your school to host a stall at a careers/university fair or deliver a workshop/presentation. We can talk to your students about admissions to the RVC and careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biosciences.

Contact Us

Widening Participation

Main Email: outreach@rvc.ac.uk

Staff

Kate Oliver

Outreach Development Manager
Tel: 02074685049
Email: koliver@rvc.ac.uk

Responsible for:

  • Summer schools
  • Student shadowing
  • Student ambassadors
  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • Outreach events and activities

Jon Parry

Head of WP & Community Engagement
Tel: 020 7468 5219
Email: jparry@rvc.ac.uk

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