Our 2021 Pre-Vet Summer School will be Online

After extensive discussions across the RVC; we have decided to host our Pre-Vet Summer School online in 2021. In the current climate we believe this is the safest environment for everyone involved and we look forward to building on the success of our Online Pre-Vet Summer School in 2020 (to get a taste of the 2020 online event please watch the video below); which allowed us to provide an insight into veterinary medicine with students from across the globe.

Online Pre-Vet Summer School (OPVSS) - Monday 2nd - Friday 6th August 2021

Join us* for an exciting five day Online Summer School. Successful applicants will gain an insight into our Veterinary Medicine Pathways, as well as the veterinary profession through:

  • LIVE presentations every day between 2:00pm – 5:00pm (BST)
  • LIVE Interactive Seminars (1-1.5 hours) on Tuesday - Friday** (based on the time zone you are accessing it from)
  • Access to OPVSS Website which will feature recordings of the presentations and other resources
  • Get a taste of student life at the RVC
  • Meet our student ambassadors, academic and support staff
  • Make friends from around the world

*We will be using a combination of Microsoft Teams and Zoom to facilitate the delivery of this online summer school.

**Summer School students accessing the content from the continents of America will access Seminars on Monday - Thursday

NB: As this is an Online Summer School it will NOT count towards our applicant Work Experience Requirements. 

Testimonials from the Online Pre-Vet Summer School Class of 2020:

“I really enjoyed being able to discuss the experiences of the student ambassadors, who also provided me with great advice regarding both student life, applications and coping with the course load (i.e. suggesting useful resources and note-taking tips). I also benefited from the outstanding seminars because this confirmed that the course content is exactly what I would like to pursue my future studies and career in.”

“The interactive zoom calls were so much fun! Even online we could still get involved. The seminars within our Houses were good once we got to know one another & have a bit of a laugh & discussion about the different seminars.”

"I really enjoyed all of the presentations that we had, especially those where we learnt about how to conduct consultations, how to create rapport with the client and animal, and also the presentations that showed the clinical aspects. I also really enjoyed meeting and becoming friends with people from all around the world.”

"This summer school helped me gain much more insight into what studying vet medicine in college and pursuing it as a career would be like. I also enjoyed the seminar sessions a lot–it helped me engage very easily with the content. I'm so glad I was able to be part of this summer school!!"

"The virtual experience is so much better than I could've ever imagined! Thank you so much to everyone who put this together so well and made it such a memorable experience for all of us."

"The summer program is very well constructed and provide me with a lot of inspiration and information to understand the subject of Veterinary Medicine which was out of my expectation for an online program. I am now becoming more positive and with greatest interests and confidence to prepare myself for studying the Vet Medicine at RVC in 2022. In addition to that, I do very impressed by all the teaching staff, tutors and people of RVC. I do love the learning culture and the atmosphere of RVC."

"This truly has been put together so well and I never imagined it would be this insightful, and the interactive lectures and seminars have been invaluable. Fortunately for social media we have all been able to chat and discuss what we’ve seen in the lectures; this has made the whole experience that much more incredible! "

Possible Programme Highlights

Experience some our our hybrid teaching methods:

  • Pre-clinical Presentations e.g. Animal behaviour or Ethics
  • Applied clinical case study
  • Professional Development Directed Learning Session e.g. Communication
  • Clinical skills videos
  • Virtual Dissection experience
  • Reflective Seminars

Enjoy and experience student life at the RVC:

  • Work together in Reflective Seminars
  • Interact with our current students and learn more about student life
  • Discover our academic programmes, how to prepare for interviews and how best to make an application for our academic courses.

Dates and Costs

Monday 2nd - Friday 6th August 2021

Tuition Fee Costs:

The cost of the 5 day Online Pre-Vet Summer School 2021 is £210 per place.

Scholarships: The RVC will award three individual scholarships covering the Tuition Fee Cost of the course

UK Students:

  • One fee-waiver full scholarship is available to a UK student of outstanding academic merit, a strong personal statement and who falls within our Widening Participation criteria. This will be awarded to the strongest applicant, after applications have closed (to allow us to consider all applicants). NB: There is no separate application for this scholarship. 

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

International Students 

  • Two fee-waiver scholarships are available to international students of outstanding academic merit and with a strong personal statement. This will be awarded to the strongest applicant, after applications have closed (to allow us to consider all applicants). NB: There is no separate application for this scholarship. 

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

Entry Requirements

  • You must be on track to achieving our required entry requirements for either our Veterinary Gateway programme [as well as being eligible for this course] OR our Veterinary Medicine (5 Year) programme OR our Graduate Accelerated Veterinary Medicine (4 Year).

  • In the application form you will be asked which RVC course you are most likely to consider applying to (post Summer School) from the following: Veterinary GatewayVeterinary Medicine (5 Year) or  Graduate Accelerated Veterinary Medicine (4 Year). We will use the entry requirements from one of these pathways to assess your suitability for the Online Summer School. 
  • Minimum age:16 years (there is no maximum age).
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency for example; 6.5 in IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-test or Pearson Test of English overall score of at least 60. For reference of any further accepted English Language qualifications please visit our website taking note of the first column: English Language Requirements. If you are taught in an English-speaking International School, you should request a reference from your school explaining how long your education has been in English and whether your English is of a good enough quality to be able to fully participate in the programme. This should be sent along with proof of your academic qualifications or your tutor can email us directly. We may ask for further evidence of your English proficiency if we feel it is necessary.
  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us: schools@rvc.ac.uk

How to Apply

Applications have now closed our Online Pre-Vet Summer School 2021.

NB: We will be operating a gathered field approach to applications; which means we will wait until we receive all applications [Friday 30th April at 5:00pm] before deciding on the strongest applicants. We believe this is the fairest process in offering places and means there is no advantage based on when you submit your application (as long as it is submitted before the deadline).

Applications Open: April 2021

Applications Close: Friday 30th April at 5:00pm (BST)

RVC Application Response Deadline: Thursday 3rd June

Please note, this is a competitive programme with 70 places available to the strongest applicants. As well as being assessed on your academic suitability, we will also use the personal statement part of the application to help us decide who to offer places to.

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

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our Online Pre-Vet Summer School, the application process and/or our academic courses please get in touch:

The Royal Veterinary College,
Royal College Street

Email: schools@rvc.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7468 1257

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