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The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is one of the world’s leading specialist institutions of veterinary medicine, biosciences and veterinary nursing. RVC is ranked as the world's number one veterinary school in the QS World University Rankings 2023. 

Why you should study at RVC 

The Royal Veterinary College was established in 1791 and is the largest and longest-established veterinary school in the English-speaking world. The RVC has been ranked the top veterinary school in the world in the QS World Rankings by Subject for three years in a row.  

The RVC is one of the few Veterinary schools in the world whose  courses are accredited by the RCVS in the UK (with reciprocal recognition from the AVBC for Australasia, the VCI for Ireland and the SAVC for South Africa), the EAEVE in the EU, and the AVMA in the USA and Canada. are accredited by ACOVENE and the RCVS. 

In 2021 the Royal Society of Biology renewed its Advanced Accreditation for all of RVC , including BSc Biosciences courses with placement years and MSci pathways additionally awarded Advanced Accreditation to our new MSci Biological Sciences (Wildlife Health Sciences) pathway. 

In determining the outcome, the Advanced Accreditation Panel commented:

RVC is a world-class centre of research, and it is evident that this research strength infuses the structure and delivery of teaching, with a focus on the development of research skills. 

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) of 2021 described the RVC as a research led institution with 88% of research being rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). 

The RVC supports a practical learning experience. Where gain experience in small animal referrals, first-opinion practice,  equine referrals, farm veterinary work, diagnostic services, and the . The small animal referrals hospital is the largest and most highly regarded teaching hospital in Europe, with greatest concentration of over 100 veterinary specialists (from over 10 countries) and treats over 17,000 cases each year. 


The RVC has a reputation for innovative approaches to teaching, learning and clinical provision, which puts them at the forefront of veterinary and . 

The RVC is a vibrant international community, with students from 54 countries and staff from 95 countries. 

Alumni work in senior positions in veterinary practice, industry, academia, and government roles across the UK and internationally. 

Our location 

The RVC is has a campus in Camden Ƶ – ranked as the top student city in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2023) and a 575-acre campus in Hertfordshire.  

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Courses with academic direction from RVC

Short course

Animal welfare

Issues addressed in this module range from the methods used by farmers and producers to individual cases brought to veterinarians (credit bearing). 240-hours.
Short course

Epidemiology and animal health economics

This module provides an overview of analytical methods relevant in the context of animal disease control and livestock production (credit bearing). 240-hours.
Short course

Research design and methods

In this module students will undertake a research project, including the presentation of results and writing a grant application (credit bearing). 240-hours.
Short course

RVC 240-hour modules

The full range of 240-hour modules available for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Short course

RVC 35-hour modules

The full range of 35-hour modules available for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Short course

RVC 50-hour modules

The full range of 50-hour modules available for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Short course

Veterinary public health

This module provides an overview of the role of veterinary professionals with respect to the protection of the health of the public (credit bearing). 240-hours.