Royal Veterinary College


Student satisfaction 4.11 Academic services spend 3927
Research assessment 3.11 Facilities spend 521
Research intensity 0.82 Good honours 72.5%
Entry standards 427 Graduate prospects 88.6%
Student–staff ratio 10.3 Degree completion 95.3
 The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a constituent college of the University of London. The RVC offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences, being ranked in the top 10 universities nationally for biosciences degrees. It is currently the only veterinary school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC.

Entry Requirements

  • Application to the RVC is competitive no matter which programme a student is applying to, but the RVC actively encourages applications from students who have the desire to succeed.
  • Entry requirements vary by course; a wide range of qualifications are accepted.
  • The RVC will accept the new A level and GCSE qualifications, and will determine offer levels on an equivalent basis to the current qualifications.
  • Please refer to the college's website to read the full admissions policy and details of qualifications accepted.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Teaching Methods

  • Most courses include a mixture of teaching and research; Clinical sciences courses include treatment of animals; and within Pathology and pathogen biology, residency programmes in clinical and anatomic pathology.
  • All undergraduate courses have a significant practical element to them, and students will therefore spend a lot of time gaining experience in the skills and techniques required in practice. On top of this, the college has animal hospitals in both London and Hertfordshire that veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing students will be exposed to in the final years of their course, working on real life cases.

Undergraduate Courses

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

Undergraduate courses offer a range of flexible study options, including:
  • Optional sandwich years, work placements and work experience opportunities.
  • Intercalated study options, which allow students to spend an additional year of study on a BSc course, gaining a more rounded education, additional scientific context, and carrying out in-depth research to better their understanding.

Student Services and Facilities

  • The Hawkshead Campus houses modern lecture theatres and laboratories, a large library and learning resource centre, and pathology laboratories. Specialist centres include the Centre for Emerging and Endemic Diseases, Structure and Motion Laboratory, Clinical Skills Centre and Clinical Investigations Centre, and the LIVE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Hawkshead Campus also houses the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, one of the largest small animal referral hospitals in Europe; the Equine Practice and Referral Hospital; and the Large Animal Clinical Centre. A short distance from the campus is the RVC's working farm, Bolton’s Park.
  • The Camden Campus provides modern learning environments plus well-equipped teaching and research laboratories and a dissection room to handle the practical aspects of veterinary and biosciences courses. The Campus is home to a learning resource centre and library. Other facilities include an inspiring anatomy museum; a first-opinion animal hospital – the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital; and the London Bioscience and Innovation Centre, home of over 40 biotechnology and life sciences companies.
  • The Learning Resources Centre provides access to online learning content and course related materials via a virtual learning environment which holds course notes, lecture recordings and other useful materials. Resources include over 11,000 specialist veterinary full-text and print journals; access to over 5,000 e-books via the college’s custom SCOUT (Search Content OUT!) discovery tool; and downloadable texts of useful veterinary e-book titles via QR codes. There is online access to all relevant research databases; and offsite access to a number of IT and Library resources including most databases and journals.
  • IT facilities include 24-hour-access to computer and printer facilities in Learning Resource Centres, while Eduroam Wi-Fi enables network access at the college and from other participating institutions.

Disability Services

  • The RVC has a dedicated Advice Centre team, including a Disability Officer to provide support for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and/or health conditions.
  • The service provides general advice about studying at the RVC with a health condition or disability; information on course requirements and how these might impact health conditions and learning styles; and applying for extra time or other examination arrangements. The service also provides information and support with applications for Disabled Students’ Allowance.
  • Dyslexia support includes screening, obtaining a new diagnostic assessment and advice on funding available; along with referrals for specialist dyslexia tuition.
  • There is a mentoring service for students with long-term mental health problems.
  • Please refer to the college website for details.

Students' Union

  • The RVCSU takes the idea of being small and specialist seriously and that means more interaction, more flexibility and better provision of clubs and societies to suit every student’s needs.
  • Rugby, wine-tasting, rowing, photography and anatomy club are a small selection of more than 45 societies at the RVC.
  • The RVCSU organises scores of social events every year including RAG Week, several dinner balls and – of course – the legendary Freshers’ Week.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • RVC students can apply to work as Student Ambassadors to help support recruitment, outreach and other public engagement events.

Careers Guidance

The RVC's careers service offers:

  • 1-to-1 guidance discussions to help students with career decision making and queries.
  • Guidance on preparing CVs, covering letters and job applications.
  • Practice interviews and tips on how to handle assessment centres.
  • Support to help students identify their transferable skills.
  • Access to a range of resources via the University of London, including the UK’s largest careers information library and Job Online.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 23%
  • Female 77%


  • The Royal Veterinary College is the largest and longest-established vet school in the English-speaking world, established in St Pancras, London in 1791, when 4 students began a 3-year course intended to cover all aspects of the veterinary art.
  • In 1875 the College received its first Charter of Incorporation from Queen Victoria, and remains the only veterinary college in the UK to have its own Royal Charter. Over one hundred years, the College had grown from a horse infirmary with a handful of students to a science based institution, producing internationally-renowned veterinarians and scientists.
  • In 1949 The Royal Veterinary College became a full part of the University of London, whilst retaining its independence. In 1955 the College acquired a country estate in Hertfordshire to provide a new field station, today known as the Hawkshead Campus.

Notable Alumni

  • Aleen Cust – first woman to hold the MRCVS (Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) diploma, 1922.
  • Olga Uvarov –the first woman to become President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (1976).
  • Mark Evans – from Inside Natures Giants, Channel 4.
  • David Grant – Animal Hospital.
  • Sir Frederick Hobday – renowned vet who pioneered the Hobday operation.
  • Adrian Jones – vet and sculptor, responsible for the largest bronze sculpture in Britain, the Peace Quadriga in London.
  • Liz Bonnin – wildlife and science TV presenter.
  • From 2008–2014, the positions of Chief Veterinary Officer in the United Kingdom, England, Wales and Scotland were all held simultaneously by RVC graduates.

Further Details

Address Royal Veterinary College Royal College Street London NW1 0TU
UCAS Code R84