Royal Veterinary College


Student Satisfaction Entry Standards Good Honours Graduate Prospects Completion
4.15 167 75.8% 84.5% 94.7
*4.06 *139 *74.4 *73.0 *85.4

*Mean scores, 2019 University League Table
What these scores mean

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 programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences, and is consistently in The Complete University Guide's top ten for veterinary medicine, and agriculture and forestry. It has full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC.


In or close to the centre of a town


In or close to the countryside


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: R84

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%

Where students come from

  • UK 85%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 18%
  • Female 82%

Student Services and Facilities


  • Split across the two campuses, the library has an extensive range of learning materials such as textbooks, journals and electronic resources. 
  • The library is also a great place to study outside of scheduled timetables, with computer workstations and facilities for group and individual study.

Student jobs

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

Careers advice

The RVC's careers service offers:

  • One-to-one discussions to help students with career decisions and queries, along with 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.

Health services

  • Advice Centre staff aim to support students throughout their journey at the RVC, signposting them to the many internal and external support services to help manage their well-being.
  • A new Sports and Wellbeing Centre and other fitness facilities and sports clubs cater for all abilities, used by over 600 regular participants; students can also use the facilities at any other UoL college.

Counselling services

  • Student life, studying and professional training can be both exciting and stressful; the RVC's confidential and free counselling service can support students through any difficulties they may be experiencing, with professional BACP-accredited counsellors. There is also a weekly psychology clinic at both campuses to support students with more complex or long-term issues.
  • Specialist mentoring can help students reach their full potential, with support tailored to individual needs. Mentoring may be funded through the Disabled Students Allowance.
  • A chaplain and interfaith adviser offer independent support and advice to everyone who seeks it, regardless of religious belief or none, and can also signpost students to nearby faith communities. Prayer and quiet rooms are available at both campuses for individual prayer or reflection.

Disability support

  • The university's disability adviser offers information and guidance about support available for students with disabilities, learning difference and long-term health conditions via the government funded Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).
  • The RVC also has a number of resources, such as a recorded lecture service, to assist learning.

Other services and facilities

IT facilities include:

  • A virtual learning environment, RVC Learn, which houses lecture notes and slides, enables students to participate in online tests and directed learning sessions, or collaborate with classmates and communicate with tutors. Students also have free access to Microsoft Office 365 and specific course-based software, as well as secure wireless Internet on campus via eduroam.
  • Echo360, a lecture capture service allowing students to revisit past lectures from the comfort of home – great for catching up, reviewing complicated subjects, or revising.
  • RVC App gives quick and easy access to RVC resources, as well as timely updates and notifications about special events. The app can be downloaded through the App Store and on Android.
  • SCOUT (Search Content OUT) is a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of books, e-books, journal articles, and digital resources.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union provides a range of services, support, social activities and student development opportunities.
  • As soon as students start at the RVC, they can get involved with everything the Students’ Union offers – from sports clubs, societies and nights out, to volunteering opportunities, student representation, support and advice. The Students’ Union is a big part of life on campus, providing plenty of opportunities to get involved.
  • As well as representing students, the SU seeks their feedback on how to improve student life, to address the concerns of students and make their time at the RVC the best it can be. Please refer to RVCSU website to find out more.


  • The Royal Veterinary College is the largest and longest established vet school in the English-speaking world, originating in St Pancras, London in 1791, when four students began a three-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.

Fascinating Fact

  • It was the death of a horse that led to the founding of the Royal Veterinary College. From 1769 to 1770 Eclipse dominated horseracing unbeaten, winning 18 races in a row before being retired in the absence of competition – eight races were declared walkovers because no-one would put horses against him. He went on to sire many winners: now, 95% of all thoroughbred racehorses are descended from him. On his death, age 25, the urgent need to find the secret of his racing success required veterinary expertise but there was only one qualified vet in the country – Frenchman Charles Benoit Vial de St Bel. He became the first principal of the veterinary school.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • 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 Nature's 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.


Royal Veterinary College, Royal College Street, London , NW1 0TU