The Royal Veterinary College has a successful record of training North American students and can count several hundred American and Canadian graduates as alumni. Founded in 1791, the RVC was the first veterinary school in the UK, and the driving force behind the establishment of the nation’s veterinary profession. The first four students were admitted in January 1792, and ever since we have been at the forefront of teaching and research in veterinary and allied sciences.
The RVC was the first veterinary school to submit a woman for membership to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; the first to become an independent veterinary school within a federal university; the first to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association; the first to introduce a degree in Veterinary Nursing; and the first to establish a Centre for Lifelong and Independent Veterinary Education. We offer postgraduate taught degree programmes in One Health (Infectious Diseases), Veterinary Epidemiology, Wild Animal Biology, Wild Animal Health, Veterinary Education and Science Education, in addition our research programmes.
We have one campus near Kings Cross/Camden Town, in central London (the London Campus) and one located close to the outskirts of London on a 575-acre site near Potters Bar (the Hertfordshire Campus). Both offer a friendly and supportive environment and excellent facilities for teaching and learning. The London Campus boasts newly refurbished research laboratories, an extensive library, an anatomy museum, the London Bioscience Innovation Centre and the Beaumont-Sainsbury Animal Hospital. Accommodation, a fitness room, a refectory and a bar, and a new social learning space including a cafe are also on site and the clubs, bars, restaurants and theatres of Camden and London’s West End are easily accessed on foot or by public transport. A twenty-minute walk from the London Campus is the University of London whose collegiate structure incorporates the RVC. Here in the capital’s university quarter, you will find some of the nation’s greatest educational and research facilities.
The Hertfordshire Campus is our main clinical campus with education. Today, first-class teaching and research staff, experienced in a wide range of disciplines and skills, help talented students to take advantage of world-class clinical facilities and laboratories, maintaining the RVC’s long, proud tradition of making seminal contributions to both the animal and human sciences. The campus boasts a Learning Resources Centre (providing superb IT resources and teaching and library facilities), a Clinical Skills Centre and student housing, a refectory, sports fields, and a student-run bar. In addition to the modern journals and textbooks you will find in our libraries, the RVC has one of the best collections of old veterinary books in the world. We have invested heavily in the Hertfordshire Campus in recent years, developing a new Student Village with over 190 bedrooms, a new refectory for both staff and students, a state-of-the-art Teaching and Research Centre and a world-class Equine Hospital. Our working-farm is also located at this campus.
Places in RVC halls of residence are available and students from overseas are given priority. We have a number of dedicated staff who provide academic and pastoral support to students throughout the course, and we have an active and welcoming student community.