The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) programme offers world-leading scientific and clinical training in veterinary medicine. This exciting course builds on our extensive veterinary history, and takes a fresh approach in bringing together technological change, clinical and scientific progress, and stimulating teaching and learning methods.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the science underpinning veterinary practice and research, and develop fundamental problem solving, communication and team-working skills. In our busy RVC hospitals and collaborative practices, you will gain the broadest and best possible practical experience.

This comprehensive programme will help you acquire an understanding of the basic biological principles of normal body function and disease, and the ability to distinguish the pathological from the normal, to prevent disease and safely manage the processes of animal production. You will also explore opportunities to further veterinary knowledge through research, and develop the expertise to diagnose and treat disease and alleviate suffering along with the professional skills you need to work and communicate effectively in practice.

In the first two years, you will primarily be based at the Camden Campus studying basic veterinary sciences, acquiring introductory skills in handling and examining horses, farm animals and companion animals as well as developing your communication and team working skills. In your third, fourth and fifth year you will mainly be based at our Hawkshead Campus where you will acquire knowledge and practical skills in clinical science necessary for you to participate fully in clinical practice at the RVC, collaborative practices, and in private veterinary practice.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine course is delivered across both of our campuses. You will spend the first two years primarily based at our Camden Campus, before being based at the Hawkshead Campus in the latter years.

Student standing near Duncan's Horses statue at RVC Hawkshead campus

“I think that there is a constant improvement of knowledge and clinical skills throughout the course, and when I started clinical rotations, I could see myself being more like a real vet, which is really exciting for me.

“It works well that we have two years of pre-clinical teaching before coming to Hawkshead for the clinical work. We were taught the theory and knowledge of veterinary medicine before starting our rotations, where we could put all this knowledge into real-life situations, and I felt that I was able to utilise that knowledge and make a difference.

“It has been amazing working in the biggest animal hospital in Europe. It has a lot of expertise in there, and we’ve got an MRI, CT, and a great team with mixed specialities in departments collaborating together so it is a great place for students to learn.

“There are five or six people in your clinical rotations group, and a sister group with the same number. Depending on the rotations, you can work as an individual group and sometimes you combine with the sister group. There is a lot of support from the keen teaching staff, regardless of whether they are interns, residents or clinicians.”

Sidney Tai Shing Chan, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine


We were the first veterinary school in the world to achieve full accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and full recognition by the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), as well as a reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC). Currently we hold full recognition or accreditation from RCVS, AVBC and AVMA and conditional from EAEVE.

What does this mean for you? It means that when you graduate in veterinary medicine at the RVC, you will be qualified to practise in Europe, North America and many Asian and African countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand – a real advantage for those looking to develop an international career.

Our BVetMed programme is a strand-based course that follows a ‘spiral’ curriculum. This means that key concepts are presented repeatedly to you as you progress through the course, at deepening levels of complexity and in different contexts.

The progression of knowledge and understanding from preclinical basic concepts to clinical knowledge and reasoning skills is achieved by revisits to each strand at different stages of the course.

For example, when learning about the kidney, you will learn basic anatomy and physiology during the preclinical phase of the course and then learn about the common diseases of the kidney and how they are diagnosed and treated during the clinical phase. This is then enriched by working with animal patients presented with kidney disease in our first opinion and referral hospitals, or other practices, during clinical rotations and extra-mural rotations.

In Year 4 and 5 of the course, you will undertake intramural clinical rotations. These rotations will focus on:

  • Observation, discussion and practical experience as a member of the clinical team in the College’s hospitals, and in clinical enterprises in which the College is a collaborating partner
  • Placements in veterinary practices
  • Attendance at lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Completion of a major research project

The curriculum is currently undergoing review; these pages will be updated as more information becomes available. Information provided is for a general indication based on current course. 

Year 1

- Introduction to the whole animal and to systems strands:

  • Locomotor
  • Neurology and special senses
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory
  • Urogenital: renal
  • Alimentary system
  • Urogenital: reproduction

- Population medicine and veterinary public health

- Integrated structure and function

- Principles of science

- Professional studies

Year 2

- Population medicine and veterinary public health

- Lymphoreticular and haemopoietic

- Cardiovascular and respiratory

- Endocrine

- Urogenital: renal

- Locomotor

- Urogenital: reproduction

- Skin

- Principles of science

- Professional studies

Year 3

- Alimentary

- Population medicine and veterinary public health

- Reproduction

- Cardiovascular and respiratory

- Skin

- Locomotor

- Neurology and special senses

- Lymphoreticular and haemopoietic

- Principles of science

- Professional studies

Year 4

- Lymphoreticular and haemopoietic

- Urogenital: renal

- Endocrine

- Population medicine and veterinary public health

- Rotation preparation

- Intramural clinical rotations

Year 5

- Professional studies

- Intramural clinical rotations

Animal Husbandry Extra-Mural Studies (AHEMS)

AHEMS is undertaken during the first two years (pre-clinical years) of the programme. AHEMS placements are designed to help you consolidate your learning about animal husbandry, develop animal handling skills, and learn about animal industries. You must complete 12 weeks of AHEMS before entry to Year 3 of the course, comprising:

  • Two weeks on a lambing enterprise
  • Two weeks on a dairy cattle farm
  • Two weeks at a commercial pig operation
  • Two weeks of equine experience
  • Four weeks of your choice

Clinical Extra-Mural Studies (ClinEMS)

ClinEMS is the time dedicated to gaining practical clinical experience in the latter years of your veterinary medicine programme to support your learning and clinical experience gained in the College’s animal hospitals.

ClinEMS will allow you to gain experience in a variety of different clinical and other veterinary-related organisations, where you will consolidate your learning about diagnosis and management of animal diseases, enhance your practical clinical skills, and acquire greater understanding of how veterinary organisations operate.

You will undertake ClinEMS placements in your third, fourth and fifth years of the BVetMed programme, totalling 26 weeks of placements.


This course is delivered through whole-class lectures, small group tutorials, group work in directed learning classes, computer-assisted learning, demonstrations, practical work in laboratory and dissection classes, practical classes utilising live animals, directed and self-directed reading, directed and self-directed practice in the Clinical Skills Centre, self-evaluation, animal husbandry placements, placements in veterinary practices, and production of project reports.

Self-directed learning

Outside of your timetabled lectures and practical sessions, you are expected to undertake self-directed learning. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Teaching staff

The RVC has three outstanding academic and clinical departments. Lecturers in each department are not only world-class researchers and clinicians who are passionate about their field; they are highly qualified teaching professionals. All RVC students are assured teaching of the highest standard.

Assessment and feedback

The curriculum is currently undergoing review; these pages will be updated as more information becomes available. Information provided is for a general indication based on current course.

In the final year of your course, your assessment will comprise:

  • Assessment of knowledge, problem solving and professional behaviour on clinical rotations
  • Examination of practical skills through OSCEs (objective structure clinical examinations)
  • Completion of a 4000-word research project
  • Written examination testing clinical and professional decision making

We are aware of the UK Government announcement that formal examinations will not take place in Summer 2020, but that qualifications will still be awarded. We await further information from the exam boards as to how they will achieve this but, at present, anticipate that our offers to current offer-holders will stand. Applicants who do not achieve the required grades will be reviewed on a case by case basis. We will do our best to help all applicants in these challenging times.  

If you have mitigating circumstances that you believe may adversely affect any grades awarded based on your current/past performance, we would strongly encourage you to contact your school and the exam board, in the first instance. You should also provide evidence to the RVC, in line with our Admissions Policy. If you are studying outside of the UK and find yourself in a similar position either now or in the coming months, please let the Admissions Office know. Any such situations will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

You should fulfill our requirements in each of the following areas to be considered for interview:

Academic qualifications

The standard academic requirements for entry to the BVetMed programme are outlined below. 

A Levels

AAA in three A Level subjects:

  • Biology at grade A 
  • Chemistry at grade A 
  • A third subject of your choice*

We also require a 'pass' in the science practical for each subject, where taking the English curriculum.

Contextual Offers

Offers of ABB (with an A in Biology or Chemistry) will be made to those meeting certain Widening Participation (WP) criteria. No separate application is required but care leavers should submit proof from the relevant local authority once they have applied.


For further information on our policy on reformed UK qualifications, please click here.

*The third A Level subject should not overlap with Biology or Chemistry, and cannot be General Studies.

We support the opportunity to take additional subjects at AS Level, but do not prescribe or prefer any particular subject choices or combinations.

  • A* grades are not required and predictions for A* will not give advantage at selection or offer stage over applicants predicted A.
  • There is no third subject which is preferred by selectors or gives any special advantage in the selection process. Science and non-science subjects are treated equally for the third subject.
  • Restrictions apply to re-sits to all qualifications - see 'FAQs' tab.


See additional GCSE requirements below.

Welsh, Scottish and Irish Applicants

Welsh Baccalaureate 

Applicants who achieve the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate with grade A will be accepted with two A Levels:

  • Biology at grade A
  • Chemistry at grade A

Please also see notes under the 'A Levels' tab above.

Contextual Offers

Offers of ABB (with an A in Biology or Chemistry) will be made to those meeting certain Widening Participation (WP) criteria. No separate application is required but care leavers should submit proof from the relevant local authority once they have applied.


Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers at grades AA in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

In addition to 5 Highers at AAAAB grades including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

and at least National 5* grade B in:

  • Physics
  • English
  • Mathematics

* If you have bypassed one or more of these subjects at National 5, you will need this subject/grade at Highers level. 

Contextual Offers

Offers of AB in Biology and Chemistry will be made to those meeting certain Widening Participation (WP) criteria. No separate application is required but care leavers should submit proof from the relevant local authority once they have applied.


Irish Leaving Certificate

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2 including Biology and Chemistry. H1 required in one of these sciences.  

Minimum O3 is required in:

  • Physics*
  • English
  • Mathematics

* where Physics is not available at Leaving Cert level, we'll consider a high grade in Junior Cert Science. 

International Baccalaureate

766 at Higher Level including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • A third subject of your choice 

Our standard offer is based on specific subject-grade requirements, rather than a total points score. The ‘7’ can be in any of the Higher Level subjects. 

There is no third subject which is preferred or gives any special advantage in the selection process.

See additional GCSE requirements below.


Where candidates have not taken GCSEs or an equivalent qualification prior to the IB Diploma, they will need a minimum of grade 5 in:

  • SL Mathematics
  • SL English A (or grade 6 in English B)

and must also demonstrate competency in Physics (e.g. MYP Science grade 6+).

Mathematical Studies cannot be accepted in lieu of Mathematics. 

For those starting in 2019 and completing the IB Diploma in 2021 we require SL Mathematics: Analysis and approaches to be taken in place of SL Mathematics. We will not accept SL Mathematics: Applications and interpretation.

Diplomas and Further Certificates (including Access and L3 Extended Diploma)

All qualifications below are considered on top of existing Level 2 requirements (e.g. GCSEs, National 5s, O Levels, etc). If you are not sure you have equivalent qualifications, please contact us at 


Access to HE Diploma (England and Wales)

Diplomas must be Science-based and include a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits in Biology at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits in Chemistry at Distinction. You must achieve at least Merit in all other graded Level 3 credits.

See the Access to Higher Education website to search for possible courses in your area. We do not accept on-line versions of the course.


Birkbeck College's CertHE in Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine

Distinctions must be achieved in the Chemistry and Biology modules.

See the Birkbeck website for further details.


Level 3 Extended Diploma 

Applied Generals

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science / Applied Science (Biomedical Science): D*D*D* overall with Distinctions in:

  •  Principles and Applications of Science I (90)
  •  Principles and Applications of Science II (120)
  •  Science Investigation Skills or Contemporary Issues in Science (120)
  •  Two of: Applications of Organic Chemistry; Applications of Inorganic Chemistry; Practical Chemical Analysis (120)

In addition:

For Applied Science: at least three units from Group A must be taken with Distinctions achieved.

For Applied Science (Biomedical Science): at least four units from Group A must be taken with Distinctions achieved in three of them.


Tech Levels

City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Science): D*D*D* overall with Distinctions in:

  • Biological Systems of Animals
  • Synoptic Assessment (1)
  • Synoptic Assessment (2)
  • Theory Exam (2)
  • Undertake Investigative Project in the Land-Based Industries

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080)**: D*D*D* overall with Distinctions in:

  •  Animal Biology (120)
  •  Animal Breeding and Genetics (120)
  •  Animal Welfare and Ethics (120)
  •  Practical Skills in Animal Science (60)
  •  Animal Metabolism (60)
  •  Advanced Animal Nutrition (60)
  •  Investigative Research Project (60)

**Previously, only the Science pathway was accepted. In light of this no longer being available, please note the unit requirements carefully as not all colleges deliver what were previously mandatory units. 


Level 3 Extended Diploma (unreformed syllabus)

Pearson Applied Science (2010 syllabus) QCF

D*D*D* overall required, including Distinctions in all the following units:

  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems AND/OR Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques AND/OR Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Biomedical Science Techniques AND/OR Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Using Statistics in Science AND/OR Informatics in Science

Pearson Animal Management (2010 syllabus) QCF

D*D*D* overall required, including Distinctions in all the following units:

  • Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Understand the Principles and Carry Out the Practice of Biochemistry and Microbiology 
  • Understand the Principles of Inheritance and Genetic Manipulation 
  • Fundamentals of Science 
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians OR Understand the Principles of Chemistry for Biological and Medical Science


Cambridge Pre-U

Distinctions (D3 or higher) in three Principal Subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • A third subject of your choice

There is no third subject which is preferred by selectors or gives any special advantage in the selection process. Science and non-science subjects are treated equally for the third subject.

Applications are welcome from those who meet our science requirements and are taking a combination of A Levels and the Cambridge Pre-U. Offers will be made on an individual basis, depending on the combinations.


GCSE (only in addition to other qualifications)

At least five GCSEs at grade 7 (A) including:

  • 7-7 in Combined Science/AA in Science (Double Award) or Biology and Chemistry or Science and Additional Science.

 with at least a grade 6 (B) in:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (if taken as a separate GCSE)

For further information on our policy on reformed UK qualifications, please click here.

Welsh applicants

Please note, GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy will not be accepted instead of GCSE Mathematics but is welcomed alongside it, and as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate.

International and EU Applicants

For advice on the acceptability of your qualifications please send details, referring to each of the required subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and English) to

For more information useful to international applicants, please go to the International students section.


North America

College students attending a US or Canadian university must apply through the VMCAS application system and will be considered for both the four-year Graduate Accelerated BVetMed and the five-year BVetMed programme. For more information see here. Please note that different deadlines apply to the VMCAS system.

High school students may only apply to the five-year BVetMed programme through UCAS, with the entry requirements as follows:


Graduate High School with at least four full-year Advanced Placement examinations at grade 5544 including Biology and Chemistry both at grade 5.

Alternatively, the following combinations can be accepted:

  • ACT score of 28 in English and Maths (including Writing test) plus AP Biology and Chemistry at Grade 5;
  • ACT score of 28 in English and Maths (including Writing test) plus IB Higher Level certificates in Biology and Chemistry at Grade 6.
  • SAT score of 630 in each of 'Evidence-Based Reading and Writing' and 'Math', and an Essay score of 6,6,5 (in any order), plus AP Biology and Chemistry at Grade 5;
  • SAT score of 630 in each of 'Evidence-Based Reading and Writing' and 'Math', and an Essay score of 6,6,5 (in any order), plus IB Higher Level certificates in Biology and Chemistry at Grade 6.

The RVC's institution code for College Board to be used when sending your results is 7970.

Please contact us for the previous SAT requirements, if you sat these prior to the revised qualification. 


As there are regional differences, please contact Admissions for province-specific requirements. BC and ON are shown below as a guide:  

British Columbia

Pass the British Columbia Certificate of Graduation with five academic grade 12 courses including Biology/Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry. A 90% average is required across grade 12 courses, with 90% in Biology/Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry. A minimum of 73% is required in grade 11 or grade 12 English, Physics and Mathematics (e.g. Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Functions, Advanced Functions). Grade 11 Biology or Life Sciences will normally be expected. 


Pass the Ontario Secondary School Diploma with six grade 12 'U' courses including Biology and Chemistry. A 90% average is required across grade 12 courses, with 90% in Biology and Chemistry. A minimum of 73% is required in grade 11 or grade 12 English, Physics and Mathematics (e.g. Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Functions, Advanced Functions).


Obtain Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) unit 2 grades of I, I, I (one, one, one) in Biology, Chemistry and a third subject, in addition to Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) grade II (two) in English A, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.



Where an English grade is not specified, applicants will need to meet one of our accepted English Language qualifications. Where not specified, applicants must also demonstrate they have studied Physics and Mathematics to the equivalent standard of GCSE grade B.

European Baccalaureate

Pass the Baccalaureate with 85% overall, and 8.5 in elective Biology and Chemistry. 7.5 required in Maths and 8 required in Year 5 Physics (or 7.5 in elective Physics). 7 in L1 English is an accepted English language requirement. 


Achieve the Reifeprüfung/Matura from Realgymnasium with Mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg bestanden and grade 1 in Biology, Chemistry and English. Grade 3 required in Maths and Physics. 


Achieve the Diploma van secundair onderwijs/Certificat d'enseignement secondaire supérieur (CESS) with 80% (8/10; 16/20) overall. 85% (9/10; 17/20) required in Biology and Chemistry. 65% (7/10; 13/20) required in Maths and Physics.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Obtain the Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi/Diploma o položenom maturskom ispitu having achieved 554 in the Matura exams with 5 in Biology and Chemistry, and at least grade 3 in Maths and Physics compulsory subjects. 

Czech Republic

Achieve the Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce having passed the state maturita exams with 1,1,2,2 including 1 (Výborný) in Biology and Chemistry. Competency should also be demonstrated in Maths (if not included in the maturita) and Physics. 


Pass the Bevis for Studentereksamen with grade 10 in four Level A subjects including Biology and Chemistry. Maths and Physics are required at minimum Level B grade 7 or Level A grade 7. English required at Level B grade 10 or Level A grade 7.


Pass the Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen with Eximia cum laude approbatur in three subjects including Biology and Chemistry, and at least Magna cum laude approbatur in a fourth subject. A minimum of Cum laude approbatur is required in Maths if not part of the four subjects above. Competency must also be demonstrated in Physics. 


Pass the Baccalauréat 'S' stream with 14 (mention bien) overall and individual grades of 16 in Biology and Physics-Chemistry, with 12 in Maths. [OIB Anglais: if 14 is achieved in English, no further English language qualification is required.] 

For those graduating with the Baccalauréat général from 2021: one's enseignements de spécialité through to terminale will need to be Earth & Life Sciences and Physics-Chemistry to be eligible for this course. One's Maths grade will be taken from the penultimate year. 


Pass the Abitur with 1.4 overall. 13 required in Biology and Chemistry, both as Kurse mit erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau/Leistungskurse. Applicants should demonstrate successful completion of grade 10 having achieved at least 3 in Maths and Physics. 


Pass the Stúdentspróf (natural science specialisation) with 9 in Biology, Chemistry and English. 7 is required in Maths and Physics.


Pass the Diploma di Esame di Stato from a Liceo Scientifico with 95 overall and individual grades of 10 in Science, 8 in Maths and 8 in Physics. 


Pass the Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires (Section C) with mention tres bien overall and 52 in Biology and Chemistry. 40 required in Maths and Physics. 


Pass the Matura with an average of 4.5 and at least 4.9 in Biology and Chemistry. Strong competency should be shown in Maths and Natural Science. 


Pass the University of Malta Matriculation Certificate with AA at Advanced Level in Biology and Chemistry and AAA in three Intermediate Level subjects. If not included as Intermediate subjects, grade 3 must be achieved in Maths and Physics as part of the Secondary Education Certificate. Alternatively, IGCSE/O Levels in Maths and Physics at grade B are accepted. English may be accepted if taken as a first language; please contact admissions. 


Achieve the Diploma o položenom maturskom ispitu having achieved the following in the Matura: 5 in Biology and Chemistry, 4 in Maths and Physics. 


Pass the VWO (Natuur profiel) with 8 overall with 8 in Biology and Chemistry. 7 is required in Maths and Physics, and 9 is required in English.  


Pass the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring/Skole (Natural sciences and mathematics stream) with 5 overall and 5 in Biology and Chemistry. 4 required in Maths, English and Physics. 


Achieve the Świadectwo Dojrzałości (Matura) with 80% average in the Egzamin dojrzalosci. 85% is required in Advanced Level Biology and Chemistry, and 75% in Standard Level Maths. Competency should be also demonstrated in Physics. 


Pass the Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação with 18 overall, and 19 in Biology and 19 in Physics-Chemistry. 15 is required in Maths. 


Pass the Diplomă de Bacalaureat (science stream) with 9 overall and individual grades of 9 in Biology and Chemistry, and 8 in Maths and Physics. 


Achieve the Diploma o položenom završnom ispitu having achieved the following in the Matura: 5 in Biology and Chemistry, 4 in Maths and Physics. 


Pass the Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške with 1,1,2,2 including 1 in Biology and Chemistry. Competency should be demonstrated in Gymnazium-level Maths and Physics. 


Pass the Maturitetno spričevalo (Matura) with 25 overall, and 5 in Biology and Chemistry. 4 required in Maths. Competency should be demonstrated in Gimnazija-level Physics. 


Pass the Bachillerato with 9 overall and individual grades of 9 in Biology/Biology-Geology and Chemistry/Physics-Chemistry. Achieve 7 in Maths and 7 in Physics if Physics-Chemistry not taken. 


Pass the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola (Naturvetenskapsprogrammet) with ABB in Biology, Chemistry and a third subject. A minimum of grade C should be achieved in Mathematics, Physics and English C.


Obtain the Federal Maturity Certificate or Federally Recognised Cantonal Maturity Certificate with grade 5 in 'Biology and Chemistry' (Schwerpunktfach/Option Spécifique), and 4 in Maths and Physics. 



If not specified, you must also demonstrate you have studied English (first language), Physics and Mathematics to the equivalent standard of GCSE/O Level grade B.

Hong Kong

Pass the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades 555 in Biology, Chemistry and one other elective subject, plus grade 4 in Maths and grade 5 in English core subjects. We will consider Maths as a third elective subject provided both the compulsory and the extended modules are taken with grades 5* (compulsory section) and 5 (extended section).


Obtain the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades AAA in three Principal level passes including Biology and Chemistry. In addition, grade 4/B is required in the SPM in Maths and 5/A in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Grade B must be achieved in English (first language) at either O Level (1119), or as part of the STPM.


Obtain Singapore GCE A Level grades AAA at H2 level in Biology, Chemistry and a third subject. O Level Maths, English (first language) and Physics at grade B. In place of O Level English, we can accept grade B in Secondary 4 IP Language Arts/English Language. 


Pass the Polytechnic Diploma in Veterinary Bioscience, Veterinary Technology or Biotechnology with an overall GPA of 3.0 and with grade B in all Biology and Chemistry modules.


Africa & Middle East


Obtain the Pre-University Certificate having studied the Nazari (Experimental science) stream. Achieve an average of 16.5 across all Biology subjects and 16 in Chemistry/Chemistry (lab). 13 is required in Maths and Physics/Physics (lab). 


Pass the ACSEE (natural sciences stream) with AAB+ in one of the following principal subject combinations: PCB, CBG, CBA or CBN. Division I must be achieved in the CSEE including B in Basic Mathematics; English Language; Biology; and Physics or Chemistry.


Pass the UACE with AAA in the principal subjects including Biology and Chemistry. Pass the UCE with Division One, including Distinctions in Biology and Chemistry, and at least grade 4 (Credit) in English Language, Maths and Physics.



All references to English below are to first-language English only. If you are studying English as a second language, please see our accepted English Language qualifications.


Excluding Queensland, an ATAR score of 90 is required. Please see below for state-specific subject/grade requirements:

New South Wales

Pass the Higher School Certificate (HSC) with the following 2-unit Category-A Board Developed Courses: Biology, Chemistry and one other at band 5; English, Maths and Physics must be achieved to at least band 3


Pass the QCE including the following core subjects: Biology, Chemistry and one other at HA; English, Maths and Physics must be achieved to at least SA. Your OP score should be in bands 1-4.

South Australia

Pass the SACE with the following at Stage 2: 20 credits of Biology and Chemistry at grade A. To at least Stage 1: 20 credits of English, Maths and Physics at grade B. 


Pass the VCE with the following: 3/4 Biology and Chemistry at grade A (average), English and Maths at grade C+ (average), as well as 1/2 Physics.

Western Australia

Pass the WACE with the following: Year 12 Biology and Chemistry at grade A. Year 11 English, Maths and Physics at grade B. 

New Zealand

Obtain the University Entrance Certificate with National Certificate in Educational Achievement Level 3 with Excellence overall including in Biology and Chemistry. Minimum of NCEA Level 2 Merit grades required in English, Maths and Physics.


Some countries' education systems are not equivalent to A Levels in the UK. The programme(s) below are designed to give you that equivalent level of study so you can apply for our programmes:

University of London Foundation programmes for International Students (UK-based)

UCL University Preparatory Certificate for Science & Engineering (UPCSE) for International Students

You must take Biology and Chemistry as Core Units and achieve 70% in both subjects, and 70% overall for the Certificate. 

View website for more information on the programme. 

These requirements assume that you have met the standard entry requirements for UPCSE: if you have entered that course with special circumstances or through a different route, please see advice for International and EU applicants, above.


Is your country's qualification missing? It might be because it's not equivalent to GCE A Levels. For advice on the eligibility of other qualifications, please contact Admissions at Please note, we typically do not accept Foundation years unless they appear above.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7468 5147

Graduate Applicants

Applications will not be considered from students currently on a degree programme unless they are in their final year.

Graduates holding related degrees

If you have a Bachelor's (Hons) degree in a relevant biological sciences discipline, equivalent to a 2:2, or a Bachelor's without honours at 2:1 or above (e.g. 3-year from Australia, South Africa), you can be considered for the standard BVetMed programme (D100). Applicants will need to be prepared to provide secondary school level transcripts/certificates as these may be used in conjunction with their degree to assess an applicant's viability. 

If you have a Bachelor's (Hons) degree in a relevant biological sciences discipline, equivalent to a 2:1, you should apply directly to our Graduate Accelerated BVetMed (D102) programme. You are welcome to apply to the standard BVetMed (D100) instead/as well but must be prepared to fund, and study on, the 5-year programme; no transfer to D102 is available post-application. 

Graduates holding non-related degrees

Applicants with a degree from a non-related discipline should apply to the standard BVetMed (D100), and will need to meet the standard academic entry requirements stated above (in addition to work experience). 

Graduate finance

Graduate applicants eligible for a loan from Student Finance England (SFE) should be aware that financial support is different for applicants taking BVetMed as a second degree. Guidance for 2019 entrants can be found here, which may be of indicative use for 2020 entrants. We recommend contacting SFE directly with any further queries. 


Transferring into BVetMed

It is not possible to transfer to the BVetMed course from a degree programme partly completed at another university, nor can we use partial qualifications towards entry.

Internationally-qualified veterinarians

International applicants already holding a Veterinary Medicine degree who are seeking to practice in the UK are not eligible to apply for this course and should refer to the registration department of the RCVS.

Work experience

To apply for the BVetMed you will need to have prior work experience in order to have developed animal handling skills and obtained an insight into the work of veterinary surgeons. Before you apply, you must have completed the minimum requirements:

  • A total of 70 hours (e.g. 10 full days) of work experience (paid or voluntary) in one or more veterinary practices
  • A total of 70 hours in one or more non-clinical working environments with live animals (excl. the home environment/family business/pet ownership).

The above 140 hours must be obtained within the 18-month period directly preceding the application deadline. Earlier experience is welcome but will not count towards the 140 hour requirement.

We encourage you to think creatively about these environments and are interested to hear about any experiences that have helped to give you a sense of the veterinary role in the wider world. Examples of suitable non-clinical environments might include, but are not limited to: kennels, cattery, animal shelter, rural or city farm, stables, pet shop, lambing, intensive livestock, abattoir, animal research laboratory, wildlife park, zoo, etc. You do not have to have gained experience in all these areas.

NB: references will need to be available ahead of interview; we strongly advise obtaining as you go.

We are aware that some applicants may be currently unable to complete work experience due to restrictions caused by COVID-19 and that this may impact their ability to fulfill our currently stated requirements. Where an applicant has been adversely affected by this situation we intend to take this into consideration. We will consider each applicant’s circumstance on an individual basis. We advise all applicants to keep evidence of the cancellation of previously-booked placements. 

However, as the situation is currently evolving, we may need to review and update our approach, as and when the picture becomes clearer. If our requirements do change, we will update this page accordingly and we recommend all applicants regularly check this page for any updates.  

Please note, we do not intend to change our requirement for the submission of our applicant supplementary form (see below). All applicants, regardless of the amount of work experience they have or have not been able to complete, will still be expected to complete this, via this webpage, by 15 October.

Work experience: Applicant Supplementary Form

All applicants applying through UCAS must complete the online Applicant Supplementary Form by 15 October 2019. This must be completed via the link; forms will not be sent to candidates. The link becomes live whilst the UCAS application window is open.



All applicants to this course must attend an interview if invited and cannot receive an offer without attending an interview. Interviews will be held at our Camden campus from late November and throughout December (before Christmas), and all applicants must ensure they are available during this period before applying, with the exception of those attending interviews in North America (November) or South-East Asia (January).

Invited applicants will be required to bring to the interview their passport (in some cases, another valid form of photo ID will be acceptable), original certificates for their GCSEs and (if already completed) A Levels or equivalent qualifications and reference letters (see example) to cover the minimum work experience requirements as stated above.


English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with minimum 6.5 in each component

All applicants must have an acceptable English Language qualification, many of which are listed under 'Academic qualifications' above. Please see our English Language Requirements page for a list of qualifications we accept as alternatives.


How are applications assessed?

We have put together a document with advice on our process of selecting Veterinary Medicine students, from initial screening of applications through to making offers post-interview. This can be downloaded here.

What will I be able to do with my qualification?

You will be entitled to practice as a veterinarian as soon as you have earned your BVetMed degree and registered as a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

 Our graduates go on to enjoy a wide range of careers positions in veterinary medicine, including:

  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Equine Junior Clinical Training Scholar
  • Associate Veterinarian
  • Nutritionist Equine
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • PhD Researcher
  • Farm Animal Vet
  • Locum Veterinary Surgeon
  • Science Research Laboratory Volunteer
  • Senior Veterinary Inspector
  • Small Animal Junior Clinical Training Scholar
  • Veterinary Surgeon Intern

They also go on to work for a variety of different employers, for example:

  • Kernow Farm & Equine
  • CVS (UK) Ltd
  • Woodcroft Veterinary Group
  • Donnington Grove Veterinary Group
  • Westpoint Farm Vets
  • Garden Veterinary Group
  • Wingrove Veterinary Services
  • Companion Care Vets
  • NOLA Animal Clinic
  • Independent Vet Care
  • Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Medivet
  • Vets4Pets
  • Newmarket Equine Hospital

Global careers

The RVC's accreditation status with the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC) allows BVetMed graduates to register to practise in Europe, Australia and New Zealand without requiring any further qualifications.

In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will recognise your degree as equivalent to those awarded by veterinary colleges in the United States. The RVC is the only English veterinary school accredited by the AVMA, and this gives you a unique advantage. Some of the USA’s major veterinary employers recruit actively among our final year students. Please note, however, that you will be required to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) if you intend to work in North America after qualifying. 

The BVetMed Student Experience 

Students from every year of the BVetMed course and from all around the world talk about what they have learned and what they have loved about doing this course at the RVC.

International Student Experience 

Students from all over the world chose the RVC to study for their veterinary degrees because of our world leading reputation and the chance to gain his veterinary training in outstanding facilities with some of the best teachers in the world as well as enjoying London life.

Below are some common queries about entry requirements and application. This section will be added to over time but if you have any queries, we would encourage you to contact us at if your question is not answered here or on the Entry Requirements tab. 

What if I haven't achieved the entry requirements?

Normally applicants need to have achieved our minimum entry requirements at both Level 2 (e.g. GCSE) and Level 3 (e.g. A Level) in order to progress any further in the application process. It does not matter if you achieve these minimum grades by re-sitting modules within the qualification.

Does it count against me if I re-sit part, or all, of my qualification? 

The RVC admissions policy is to accept re-taken grades or modules at GCSE, A Level or equivalent without penalty. However, if you do re-sit any qualifications you will be expected to meet our grade requirements on second sitting (for example, AAA at A Level), and we also specify that you must have achieved minimum grades on your first sitting (BBC at A Level, with B in Biology).

Applicants re-sitting other qualifications, or those taking new qualifications following an attempt in an alternative qualification, should contact the Admissions Office at for information about minimum grades required at first sitting.

I'm a mature applicant. Are the requirements the same for me?

We welcome mature applicants at the RVC and have many on our programme. Our Level 3 requirements are the same but we understand you may have taken your GCSEs some time ago. Therefore, we are able to provide a little leeway with these and can accept A*-C grades in the relevant subjects. If you are resitting, or are newly taking any GCSEs, the grade requirements will be as advertised in the GCSE section. 

Can I re-apply if I've been unsuccessful previously?

You may, but in view of the large number and high quality of new candidates coming forward each year, we are normally unable to consider more than one repeat application.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU Tuition FeesInternational Fees

Island Fees (Channel Islands & Isle of Man)

£9,250 £36,060 £19,000


Tuition fee amounts are subject to increase each academic year, please be aware of this when making your calculations and planning how much money you will require.

  • For Sandwich/ Placement year fees for UK, EU and international students see link 
  • Students from countries outside the European Union (EU) who wish to undertake full-time study at the RVC are required to pay the international fee for their programme of study (please see Fee status section).
  • Information on Fees & Funding for existing students can be found here   

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Student membership of the British Veterinary Association for course duration
  • Access to books and journals essential to your course (print and digital)
  • Open access and bookable IT equipment such as PCs and laptops
  • Largely paperless curriculum plus £10 p.a. printing allowance
  • Annual membership of College gym (both campuses)

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • Specialist clothing and equipment c£600
  • Travel to AHEMS and EMS placements
  • Some AHEMS and EMS placements will also require students to pay for board and lodging
  • Travel to tracking rotations

Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees. Our Housing Advice pages provide further information on College and private housing. 


Funding Options

Canadian Student Loans

The Royal Veterinary College is not involved in processing your application for a loan, however we can confirm your student status; please direct your queries to the

For an overview of the financial aid process for Canadian students, please visit the Campus Access website

Students should apply through their provincial student assistance office or website. When you apply for a loan, you are considered for funding by both the Provincial and Federal Government, meaning you only have to apply once for funding for the year. Federal loans are processed via the National Student Loans Service Centre and provincial loans through the provincial governments and student aid branches.

Loans and Grants - Government Financial Support for Undergraduate UK and EU Students

Alongside the bursaries and scholarships offered by the RVC, there is financial support available from the Government to help cover the costs of living and studying. Financial support is available for students from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and other EU countries.

Financial support is made up of four main elements

  • Fee Loan
  • Maintenance Loan
  • Maintenance Grant - this is only available to full-time UK undergraduate students who commenced their studies on or before 2015/16 academic year.

For further details visit;

NB: All undergraduate students are eligible for a full tuition fees loan and this means that you will not have to pay undergraduate tuition fees before you start or during your time at RVC. Please note  BVetMed Graduate Accelerated students are not eligible for tuition fee loans and grants. They are only entitled to a variable means tested living cost loan and RVC bursaries.

RVC Bursary for Undergraduate UK and EU Students

RVC Bursaries are customary to assist students from lower income households with the cost of undergraduate study.

RVC International Scholarships for BVetMed 19/20

RVC offers one Merit full fee waiver scholarship awarded to one high quality international student entering our BVetMed programme.

Singaporean Veterinary Medicine Scholarships

 The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) is offering a scholarships for students from Singapore.

USA Student Loans

The RVC participates in the Direct Loan Program in which federal financial assistance is made available from the US Department of Education to US students studying at the RVC. The purpose of this page is to inform you about the process of applying for financial assistance.

The RVC College will originate Direct Stafford loans and Direct Graduate and Parent PLUS loans and full-time students from the USA who are attending at the RVC are normally eligible for funding. The RVC also participates in the VA Educational Benefits programme.

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