Study - Student Life - Living in Hertforshire - Background

Hertfordshire is just a 20-minute train journey from central London but a peaceful change from the bright lights of the city.

It is a relaxed place in which to live and study and offers an alternative to the fast pace of London life, whilst remaining easily accessible. 


Hawkshead Campus

The Hawkshead campus is situated in Hertfordshire, close to Potters Bar, and is a short train journey from London King’s Cross Station. A free shuttle bus also runs between the station and campus.  

Officially opened in 1959 by Queen Elizabeth II, the College has recently invested heavily into the Hawkshead Campus, and it now boasts unrivalled facilities. A newly-built student village, refectory, and leisure facilities mean the campus is quite self-contained. You will benefit from our state-of-the-art clinical and scientific facilities. The Centre for Excellence in Lifelong and Independent Veterinary Education (LIVE) will benefit your studies. This is the only veterinary-themed Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the UK, established in 2005 following an award of £4.9 million. It aims to enhance veterinary education through the development of novel approaches to learning through methods such as the Clinical Skills Centre, which was the first of its kind in the UK. This centre allows you to practice the day one skills needed to treat animals with confidence when you graduate.

The RVC Hertfordshire campus is also home to The Mill Reef Pathology Building. This complex accommodates a modern post-mortem hall with annexed containment and specialised areas, a 200-seat lecture theatre with direct video links to the main hall, and a series of pathology service and research labs.

Other fantastic clinical facilities on campus include:

These clinical facilities provide students with the opportunity to be exposed to around 20,000 cases each year, allowing them to develop and practice their clinical skills.

Potters Bar has all the amenities that one would ever need and the Hertfordshire Campus itself has a student bar (the “Buttery”), a lovely and cheap way to relax after a day of studying. The beautiful 575-acre campus, provides the opportunity to enjoy the heart of England's fine countryside.


“The RVC really builds up your ability and confidence to problem solve in a logical manner. The clinical skills centre is absolutely fantastic – you get to practice real veterinary skills like suturing and setting up anaesthetic machines but in a relaxed learning environment. Regardless of whether you hope to go into farm, equine or small animal practice, you never know what your next patient may be! So being able to approach a clinical problem in a structured way and break it down makes diagnosing and treating the animal a less daunting prospect!

“The facilities at the RVC are superb. The café and restaurant serve delicious food, the onsite gym makes working out really conveniently and the extensive library and computer facilities are fantastic for studying. What’s really nice at the RVC is that you’re always asked for feedback and they genuinely act upon it and are always looking for ways to evolve further.

“For me, being taught by academics and clinicians that are genuinely passionate about what they do is really engaging and truly inspires you to learn more.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at RVC. It’s been interesting, fun and challenged me beyond what I thought was possible! No two days are the same and I couldn’t recommended the course more highly.”

--Charlotte Harris, BVetMed student

students relaxing on the lawns at Hawkshead

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