We hold a number of events throughout the year for you to visit the RVC. At our events, you can see our campuses and facilities, get a taste of our courses, tour our accommodation, and speak with students and staff.

Most of our events are limited by number, so we recommend that you book your place early.

Find out more using the tabs below. If you have any further questions please email openday@rvc.ac.uk.

Open Day

Who is our Undergraduate Open Day aimed towards?

This Open Day is intended for anyone interested in our undergraduate courses, including students of all ages, parents, careers advisors, and teachers. Although we have no age restrictions we recommend that students attending are in Year 10 and upwards, due to the focus on the day.

You will be able to find out about the courses we offer and take a tour of the Hawkshead (Hertfordshire) campus with current students. Staff will be available to advise you on entry requirements, fees, bursaries, and accommodation. Because of the popularity of this Open Day advance booking is compulsory and the number of guests per person is limited to a maximum of two, and will open in March 2019.

Prospective science students interested in any of our BSc and MSci Biological Sciences and Bioveterinary Sciences programmes can attend the BSc/MSci Biological Sciences Pathways Open Day (see panel below).

If you would like to know the date of our May 2019 Open Day please email openday@rvc.ac.uk with 'Open Day Email Server' in the subject title.

Undergraduate Courses featured at our Open Day:

The three-year BSc Biological Sciences (UCAS Code C100) and BSc Bioveterinary Sciences (UCAS Code D300) is intended for students interested in Animal Science at the interface between the basic biological sciences and clinical practice, and prepares graduates for a wide variety of post-graduate careers related to the animal biological sciences and animal welfare.

The five-year BVetMed degree course (UCAS code D100), the four-year Graduate Accelerated BVetMed degree (UCAS code D102) and the six-year combined BVetMed/BSc course (UCAS Code D101), all lead to a degree qualification entitling the holder to practise as a veterinary surgeon. The six-year course is designed for students with a keen interest in science as well as veterinary medicine, and graduates are awarded a BSc degree before completing the BVetMed.

The Veterinary Gateway course (UCAS Code D190) is a one-year course available to students from non-selective schools who are members of the Widening Participation cohort. Successful completion leads to a place on the five-year BVetMed degree course.

The three-year Foundation Degree Veterinary Nursing (UCAS Code D310), and the four year BSc Veterinary Nursing (UCAS Code D313), both provide a strong practical training in essential nursing skills. Staff will be available to give advice and guidance on veterinary nursing and other careers involving working with animals.

Biosciences Open Day

The RVC holds an Open Day at the Camden Campus each year for anyone who is interested in learning more about the BSc and MSci Biological Sciences and Bioveterinary Sciences programmes.

The next BSc/MSci Biological Sciences Pathways Open Day will take place at our Camden Campus in Central London in the autumn. Registration for this popular event is compulsory and will open prior to the event.


Are you interested in the scientific work that leads to advances in medicine?

The Biosciences Open Day is for those interested in a career in animal-related science. Parents, teachers and careers advisers are also welcome to attend.

Members of staff will be available to discuss aspects of our BSc and MSci Biological Sciences programmes, the entrance requirements, and teaching and research facilities. In addition, current students of the RVC will take you on a tour of the London campus and provide a first-hand account of student life at the RVC.

Please note that there will be no information available on the day about our veterinary medicine, nursing or Gateway courses. If you are interested in studying to become a veterinary surgeon or vet nurse, you should attend our main Open Day (held in May each year) or one of our frequent Open House events.

Virtual RVC

Explore our Campuses 

The RVC is spread over two main campuses. Our Camden Campus is where the RVC started in 1791 and is where you will begin your career with us - learning about the science of animal biology, genetics and movement in our laboratories and classrooms. But life in London is not just about studying. Our location means you are close Camden Market all the shops, bars, restaurants and delicious street food available in Camden and the newly developed Granary Square area of Kings Cross. As an RVC student you are also part of the University of London so you can participate in everything the whole university has to offer. But don't take our word for - let our students show you round.


From Camden to Hawkshead 

Camden is just a few minutes walk to Kings Cross and St Pancras Station from where you can jump on train to anywhere from the West End to Paris. You can also be at Hawkshead in around an hour - sometime less if you get a fast train.  Follow our students and let them show you the way.


Our Hawkshead Campus is where our students start to really live and learn the life of a vet. It is home to RVC Small Animal Referrals - based the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals the largest small animal referral hospital in Europe. RVC Equine is also found there and operates both an ambulatory 1st opinion practice and our Equine Referral Hospital. Let our students show you around.

Open House (Campus Tours)

We will be recommencing our Open House (Campus Tour) event in October [before 15th October deadline]: if you would like to receive dates, as soon as they have been confirmed please email openday@rvc.ac.uk with 'Open House 2018/2019' in the subject field. NB: Visiting opportunities for this academic year have now finished; we run all of our events between October and start of July each year. The reason for these timings is because we obviously need to keep interruptions to a minimum so that our members of staff and our students can focus on their work/studies. We are also fortunate to have a large number of onsite Clinical Services, and we must keep disruptions to a minimum. Finally after May the vast majority of our students are on placements whether that be lab or animal handling/practice based experience, which means that we are unable to staff such visits. We apologise if you haven't been able to visit the RVC yet this academic year, we hope to see you from October 2018.

Our Open House events are designed to allow prospective student, parents, teachers and careers advisors the chance to see one or both campuses on the same day.

The booking form will ask you to choose whether you want to tour both or just one of our campuses. Then you will need to book a time slot for the talk and/or tour at your first campus (if you are visiting both campuses you don't need to book a time for your second campus tour). You will be able to park at our Hawkshead Campus, but there is no parking available at Camden. Trains operate a service between King’s Cross and Potters Bar throughout the day and we will provide a free shuttle bus at Potters Bar station to take you to and from our Hawkshead campus. We recommend you allow 1½- 2 hours to travel between each campus for your tour.

We recommend visiting both campuses if you are interested in our Veterinary Medicine courses or just Hawkshead if you are considering studying for Veterinary Nursing (there is no teaching for this course in Camden). For the Biological Sciences courses, most of the teaching takes place in Camden, but the BSc Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics course is based at Hawkshead for the final year. Postgraduate courses are mainly based at Camden, but many also share teaching with other establishments e.g. ZSL London and LSHTM.

Note: These are NOT Open Days (see panels above). You will not have an opportunity to speak to RVC academic staff, however, we will have Admissions Staff on hand to answer any questions and the tours will be led by current students - so that you can hear what it is like to study on our programmes. Unfortunately we are not able to conduct individual tours, these are the only dates on which tours of either campus are available (unless you are travelling from overseas, in which case we will do our best to accommodate tour requests).

If you have any questions or would like any more information, please email schools@rvc.ac.uk or telephone 020 7468 1257.

UCAS Exhibitions

Join the Royal Veterinary College, UCAS experts and employers at the UK's largest higher education exhibitions.

With inspirational talks, topical seminars, application process advice, and interactive stands, this is an event experience like no other. Staff and students are on hand to discuss what it’s really like to study at the RVC, and can help answer any questions you have about applying for your course and student life.

Dates for upcoming UCAS Exhibitions that we will be attending in 2018-2019 will be announced shortly.

University of London Undergraduate Fair

University of London Undergraduate Fair

The University of London holds an Undergraduate Fair every year to afford prospective students with the opportunity to gain an insight into what it would be like to study at the University of London. At the Undergraduate Fair, we will be exhibiting our courses, student life, and answer any questions which you may have about the RVC. 

The University of London Undergraduate Fair is held in the autumn each year. Please check back again soon for the announcement of the 2018 event.

Pre-Vet Summer School

Our twelve day Summer School offers you the perfect experience of life as an RVC student and insight into studying veterinary medicine or biological science.

You will join our current students and work together in groups in our state-of-the-art hospitals and research facilities, as well as learn from our world recognised academic staff through a variety of workshops and sessions. There will be plenty of time to socialise as well, to make new friends and to explore London.

All this experience will be recognised by the RVC if you choose to apply for our academic programmes.

Applications for 2018 can be made via the Pre-Vet Summer School - Application Form.

This programme is open to students from any country. Students must be 16 years of age by the 30th July 2018 in order to be considered. This is a competitive course, with 50 places available to the strongest applicants. We will notify all successful applicants in May.

For more information about entry requirements, costs and scholarships, see RVC Pre-Vet Summer School.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: schools@rvc.ac.uk  

Taster Courses

We are offering the following Taster Courses in 2018; BSc Biological SciencesVeterinary Medicine and Veterinary Nursing

All of these courses are non-residential and we cannot reimburse travel expenses. Booking is essential, as we have a limited number places available on each one of our Taster Courses.

Please be aware that the RVC does not control bookings - they are solely administered by the University of London (www.london.ac.uk/tasters) and will open online on 4th January 2018.

BSc Biological Sciences Taster Course

BSc/MSci Biological Sciences course date: Thursday 31st May 2018

These courses will offer year 12 students the opportunity to learn about the RVC's unique Biosciences programme (Ranked in the UK top 10 for Biosciences) which focuses on the biological sciences relating to animals; the way they work, their health, their diseases and their relationships with humans. The course will be taught by an extensive range of scientists who are knowledgeable from their own experience of animal disease and research.

Please note: BSc Biological Sciences graduates are not permitted to practice as veterinary surgeons and this taster course is not focused on Veterinary Medicine.

Enrolment Requirements: Participants in the taster courses must be Year 12 students who are studying qualifications that we accept for entry onto this programme, and who are predicted grades that equate to our typical offers as listed on our website:



For further information please go to: www.london.ac.uk/tasters

Veterinary Medicine Taster Course

Course date: Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th April 2018 (students attend both days, Wednesday in Camden and Thursday in Hawkshead)

This short course is designed to provide Year 12 students with the opportunity to experience life as a veterinary medicine student at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. The two day course will consist of several elements designed to give an overview of study at a veterinary institution; including lectures, a live anatomy examination, dissection, farm visit and the opportunity to speak with current RVC students about their experiences. Over the two days students will have the chance to use and see many of the state-of-the-art facilities we have at both our Camden Campus in London and our Hawkshead Campus in Hertfordshire. The Camden Campus houses newly refurbished research laboratories, an extensive library, an anatomy museum, a Learning Resources Centre and the Beaumont Animals' Hospital. The Hawkshead Campus has Europe’s largest referral veterinary hospital in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, in addition to a working farm, a Clinical Skills Centre and an Equine Hospital.

Enrolment Requirements: Participants in the taster courses must be Year 12 students who are studying qualifications that we accept for entry onto this programme, and who are predicted grades that equate to our typical offers as listed on our website: www.rvc.ac.uk/Undergraduate/BVetMed/EntryReqs.cfm.

For further information please go to: www.london.ac.uk/tasters

Veterinary Nursing Taster Course

Course date: Monday 9th April 2018

This one-day introduction to Veterinary Nursing is designed to provide Year 12 and National Diploma students with the opportunity to experience life as a veterinary nursing student at the Royal Veterinary College. The one day course will consist of several elements designed to give an overview of what it is like to study to become a Veterinary Nurse at the RVC; including a tour of the Hawkshead campus, tours of the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (Europe’s largest referral veterinary hospital) and an Equine Hospital. There will be presentations from RVC staff to learn more about our Veterinary Nursing course and the opportunity to speak with current RVC students about their experiences.

Enrolment Requirements: Participants in the taster courses must be Year 12 students who are studying qualifications that we accept for entry onto this programme, and who are predicted grades that equate to our typical offers as listed on our website:/Undergraduate/FoundationNursing/EntranceReq.cfm.

For further information please go to: www.london.ac.uk/tasters

Any Questions?

If you have any further questions about our Taster Courses please email schools@rvc.ac.uk


Here’s a selection of thoughts from previous Taster Course participants:

"The two days changed my opinion of London and the RVC!"

"I really enjoyed it and think it was a fantastic two days."

"The facilities here are far better than anywhere else. Lecturers and students all encouraging, welcoming and friendly."

"This has helped me to understand what the RVC is like."

"I was already keen to come to te University and this has only increased my enthusiasm."

"It was interesting and innovative."

"A really valuable experience, I would definately recommend it to other students, everyone I met was really helpful."

"I had a great time- thanks! "

"Thank you very much it was an interesting and exciting course, very useful"

"It opened my eyes to this course at this University"

"Everyone was willing to talk to you and offer advice and the other lectures and activities were great"

"I was most impressed with the facilities and enthusiasm of the lecturers and student ambassadors"

"Made me realise how badly I wanted to study in London"

"I was most impressed with the variety of different activities which we were given the opportunity to take part in"

Postgraduate Visiting Opportunities

Due to the specialist nature of our taught postgraduate programmes, we encourage interested students to contact us (openday@rvc.ac.uk) - so that we can offer a bespoke visiting opportunity.

For any visiting enquiries or questions please email us (openday@rvc.ac.uk) along with information about the course(s) that you are interested in.

Farm Experiences

Front cover of Farm Vet Taster Week brochure
Lawr lwytho'r pamphled (Cymraeg)
Front cover of Farm Vet Taster Week brochure
Download the brochure (English)

RVC Welsh Regional Veterinary Centre:
Farm Vet Taster Week (w/c 30th July 2018)

The Welsh Regional Veterinary Centre (WRVC) provides a farm health investigation service to vets and farmers in Wales. Every year the team at the WRVC offer a course aimed at potential vets and farm animal vets in particular, giving delegates as wide as possible understanding of the role of vets in agriculture.

The emphasis will be on those considering studying Veterinary medicine, though other students may find the course of interest.

For more information please email schools@rvc.ac.uk or ann.owen@colegsirgar.ac.uk

RVC Regional Veterinary Centre – South of England: Farm Taster Week

Kingston Maurward College (KMC) and the RVC introduced this residential course following a demand for youngsters to get the practical farm and veterinary experience required to go into further education in Veterinary sciences. 

For further information and to book a place please visit KMC's Farming Veterinarian Taster Course.

RVC Farm Hawkshead: Dairy Day

This day's dairy experience is ideal for Year 12 students and we will announce dates once they are confirmed.

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