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.

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 Agreement, outlining widening participation activity, Bursaries and other financial and pastoral support can be found on the Office for Fair Access (OFFA)'s access agreements page.

Afternoon Anatomy (Years 6 - 12)

Date: Wednesdays from January 2019 onwards
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
LocationCamden Campus, NW1 0TU 
Year Group: Years 6 – 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 non-selective state school and/or a school with low average attainment levels for GCSE or A Level. Widening Participation events and activities are funded by the RVC’s Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. When selecting pupils, please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria.

This popular session encourages teachers to bring classes to the Royal Veterinary College to find out about how animal physiology works first hand. Pupils can listen to a real horse’s heart for themselves, or when our animals are on holiday, we substitute a veterinary skills session. Groups visit our anatomy museum and find out about different species and their bones. The visit involves a careers talk appropriate to year group, and we differentiate to suit pupils’ background knowledge.

Pupils will: ·        

  • Develop skills of observation and identification using specimens from RVC’s anatomy museum
  • Develop understanding of the role of veterinary surgeons, through using a stethoscope to listen to an animal’s heart. The animals are sometimes not on Campus and therefore we cannot guarantee this opportunity.        
  • Learn about careers in biological sciences         
  • Meet veterinary student ambassador role models 
  • Understand that animals need to be looked after responsibly  

For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.

KS3 Vet Science Skills (Years 7 - 9)

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 13:30 – 15:15 
LocationCamden Campus, NW1 0TU or Hawkshead Campus, AL9 7TA
Year Group: Years 7 - 9
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 non-selective state school and/or a school with low average attainment levels for GCSE or A Level. Widening Participation events and activities are funded by the RVC’s Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. When selecting pupils, please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria. 

Pupils will be able to make and record observations about predator and prey skulls and plastinated specimens through exploring our museum, and this will be linked to Trophic levels to develop Interdependence and Adaptation understanding. In the second half of the session, students will meet a vet and be presented with case studies to diagnose. This will develop their problem solving skills within a veterinary science context. All participants receive a certificate of attendance. This session is suited to Year 7 – 9 pupils. Year 6 and under groups are welcome to enquire about in-school outreach sessions. Years 10 and above will be suited to our Elements of Veterinary Science session.

Objectives

  • Skills: KS3 Curriculum objective - Make and record observations and measurements using a range of methods for different investigations·     
  • Place: To know that the RVC is a site of leading science research, where you can study to become a vet, vet nurse or bioscientist    
  • Emotion: To enjoy the session 
  • Attitudes: To increase understanding of careers with animals
  • Knowledge: The interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem

RVC’s Wellbeing aim: To understand that animals need to be looked after responsibly

For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.

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 non-selective state school and/or a school with low average attainment levels for GCSE or A Level. Widening Participation events and activities are funded by the RVC’s Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. When selecting pupils, please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria.

The Royal Veterinary College is a leading site of research, and in this session teachers can bring pupils to visit a scientist who will demonstrate their research. Pupils will learn about careers in biology, through meeting a scientist who will explain their route into science. Our academics have devised investigations suitable for Year 12 pupils to enhance their understanding of biology research in real contexts. Previous topics have included Reproduction- Professor Robert Abayasekarah; Microbiology- Dr Sharon Kendall; The Neuromuscular System- Professor Dominic Wells; and the Musculoskeletal System- Dr Sarah Channon.

Pupils will:

  • Develop lab practical skills         
  • Develop skills in using Gel electrophoresis        
  • Develop understanding of the role of scientific researchers, through meeting a Biological Sciences lecturer at RVC and hearing about their work        
  • Learn about careers in biological sciences
  • Meet student ambassador role models

For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.

Elements of Veterinary Science - Chemistry focus (Years 10 - 13)

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 non-selective state school and/or a school with low average attainment levels for GCSE or A Level. Widening Participation events and activities are funded by the RVC’s Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. When selecting pupils, please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria. 

This new session focuses on the importance of Chemistry in a Veterinary Context, as attainment in chemistry is frequently a barrier to students being able to join a Veterinary degree. We will focus on food toxicity and safety in humans and animals: which chemicals are responsible for making certain foods inedible by dogs and cats, which foods are safe, and the chemical basis for this. Implications for vets will be made clear, as well as the importance for pet owners.

Curriculum objectives Pupils will: 

  • Skills - Develop skills in identifying chemical structures 
  • Place - Understand that RVC is the site of study and research about animals 
  • Emotion - Enjoy the session 
  • Attitudes - Develop understanding of the role of careers with animals which involve a chemistry GCSE or A level 
  • Knowledge - Understand the chemical basis for foods being safe to humans and toxic to animals and vice versa

For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.

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 (dependant 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 non-selective state school and/or a school with low average attainment levels for GCSE or A Level. Widening Participation events and activities are funded by the RVC’s Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. When selecting pupils, please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria.

The RVC team can visit your school to talk about education and careers in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biosciences. 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.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.

School Pet health (all ages)

Date: To suit you
Time: 20 minute session
Location: Your school
Year Group: All ages
Capacity: Up to assembly 
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 non-selective state school and/or a school with low average attainment levels for GCSE or A Level. Widening Participation events and activities are funded by the RVC’s Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. 


 We have worked with Veterinary specialist Dr Joanna Hedley to develop this session about the importance of school pet health. Any schools who own animals are welcome to book this session and we will adapt it to suit the animals you own.

Curriculum objectives

Pupils will:

  • Develop skills in recognising healthy conditions for pet care 
  • Understand that the Royal Veterinary College, Queen Mother Animal Hospital and Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital are involved in pet care
  • Enjoy meeting student ambassadors
  • Understand the range of careers involved in animal care
  • Understand that pets need food, water, shelter, exercise and health, and how to promote wellbeing   

For more information or to make a booking, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.

Student shadowing

Do you want to find out what studying at university is really like? Are you thinking about going to university, and would like to talk with current students about their course and experiences at the RVC? If so, shadowing could be for you.

We offer students in Year 12 and 13 the opportunity to come into the College for one day during the academic year to shadow a current undergraduate. You will attend the student’s classes and lectures, take part in their practical work and get the opportunity to ask them questions about their course and university experiences. We offer this experience for all our undergraduate courses in biosciences, veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing.

Shadowing lasts for a full day, on any weekday other than on Wednesdays. It is only available during the autumn and spring terms due to examinations in the summer. We ask that students make their own way to and from the College.

Current undergraduates undertaking the shadowing are all Student Ambassadors, trained in working with young people, and students on shadowing days will be covered under the RVC’s Health and Safety and Child Protection policies.

Eligibility: To participate in this activity your school must be a non-selective state school and/or a school with low average attainment levels for GCSE or A Level. Widening Participation events and activities are funded by the RVC’s Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. When selecting pupils, please refer to our Widening Participation eligibility criteria. 

For more information, please contact outreach@rvc.ac.uk.

Contact Us

Widening Participation

Email: outreach@rvc.ac.uk



Jon Parry

Head of WP & Community Engagement
Tel: 020 7468 5219
Fax: 020 7388 2342
Email: jparry@rvc.ac.uk

Overall responsibility for RVC Widening Participation and Community Engagement activity.

Grace Sim

Outreach Development Manager
Tel: 020 7468 1201
Fax: 020 7388 2342
Email: gsim@rvc.ac.uk

Responsible for:

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

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