Thinking of a career in Veterinary Medicine?

Join us for an exciting two week summer school at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London. You will gain veterinary skills and knowledge that will be recognised by the RVC if you choose to apply.

  • Earn 35 hours of work experience* in our globally-recognised animal hospitals, research facilities and animal handling environments
  • Get a taste of student life at the RVC and meet our student ambassadors and academic tutors.
  • Receive world-class teaching alongside your peers.
  • Explore London one of the world’s most exciting cities as well as the beauty of the English countryside.
  • Challenge yourself and make friends from around the world

*Applications to the RVC require work experience to be completed within 18 months of making an application.

Please note, this is a competitive programme with 50 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. Successful applicants will be notified in May that they have a place.

Hear all about it from our previous Summer School participants:

Testimonials from previous participants:

“The RVC met all of my expectations and so much more. Everyone seems so happy to be part of this environment and they are excited about learning.”

“What a unique and amazing experience that I will never forget!”

“Throughout the entire summer school I felt like a real student living in London. I was respected and taught valuable information through lectures – just like a student. The lectures were fascinating.”

“Thank you for an amazing and unforgettable 2 weeks. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and can say this has to be one of the best things I’ve done. I hope to perhaps study here in the near future.”

Possible Programme Highlights

Practise in our state of the art clinical and animal handling facilities:

  • The Beaumont Sainsbury Hospital
  • The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals
  • The RVC Farm at Boltons Park 
  • The Equine Referral Hospital
  • The RVC Clinical Pathology Labs

Learn more through our practical teaching sessions:

  • Applied clinical case study
  • Animal behaviour workshops
  • Clinical skills workshops
  • Structure and motion workshops
  • Dissection experience
  • Directed learning sessions

Enjoy and experience student life at the RVC:

  • Work together on group tasks
  • Interact with our current students and learn more about student life
  • Take part in a broad range of team games and events 
  • Discover our academic programmes, how to prepare for interviews and how best to make an application for our academic courses.

Social Activities

Possible Social Activities

There will be plenty of time for socialising and fun during the evening and weekends. A schedule of activities will allow you to explore everything London and the surrounding areas have to offer. Events may include:

  • Take part in our team challenges, sports games and quizzes
  • Get up close and meet live exotic animals
  • See some famous London landmarks
  • Visit some of London’s best attractions as well as ZSL London Zoo
  • Improve your cooking skills with our Master Chef competition
  • Enjoy free access to RVC Gym facilities


College Close comprises 11 independent houses based at our Hawkshead Campus:

  • Separate male and female shared accommodation.
  • Each house is fully-equipped and furnished and has ample bathroom facilities and kitchen facilities. 
  • Each bedroom is equipped with contemporary furniture. 
  • Internet access is available in each house
  • 24 hour security 
  • Utilities and bed linen is included (but not towels)

Dates and Costs

 TBC 2021

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The cost of the Pre-Vet Summer School 2021 is £2,575. Price included accommodation, breakfast, lunch and evening meals, social activities listed in the programme, equipment, specialist clothing and Heathrow airport transfer (first Sunday and last Friday).

Price does not include visa costs, airfares, travel and health insurance or transport from other UK airports.

NB: If we are unable to run our Pre-Vet Summer School on-campus and have to deliver it online the cost of the Online Pre-Vet Summer School 2021 will be £210 [this will be a 5 day event].

Application Deadline:  TBC

Scholarships: The RVC will award three individual scholarships covering all costs of the course (not including visa costs, airfares, travel and health insurance or transport from other UK airports if required)

UK Students:

  • One full scholarship is available to a UK student of outstanding academic merit, a strong personal statement and who falls within our Widening Participation remit. There is no separate application for this scholarship. They will be awarded once all applications have been considered to the strongest applicant.

All successful scholars will be notified at a later date (expected April). If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:

International Students 

  • Two fee-waiver scholarships are available to international students of outstanding academic merit and with a strong personal statement. There is no separate application for these scholarships. They will be awarded once all applications have been considered to the two strongest applicants.

All successful scholars will be notified at a later date (expected April). If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:

NB: We will not be making any offers before the application date, so we can assess all of our applications and give offers/scholarships to the strongest candidates. As such there is no benefit to applying well before the application deadline.

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).
  • Minimum age:16 (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: 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.

How to Apply

Thank you for taking an interest in our Pre-Vet Summer School 2021. Typically, we launch applications in January, however, we are expecting this to be slightly later in 2021.

To be the first to know the application dates for our Pre-Vet Summer School 2021 please sign up to our newsletter: 

Application Deadline: TBC

Contact Us

Find out more about our summer school and our academic courses by contacting us:

The Royal Veterinary College,
Royal College Street


Tel: +44 (0)20 7468 1257

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