United Kingdom, England

The largest and the oldest veterinary school among all the English schools and a constituent college of the University of London, the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is located in the beautiful countryside of Hertfordshire. The main hospitals were the RVC is functioning include the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital at the Camden campus that offer services like vaccinations, diagnosis and operations for small animals such as cats, dogs, rabbit, reptiles and birds, the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA) at the Hawkhead campus which is a referral hospital with veterinary specialists and training specialists from over 20 nations and the Equine hospital with its long history in equine healthcare that conducts researches and provides referral and 24-hour emergency service. Researches conducted at the institution is in collaboration with Animal Welfare and the college’s own Animal Welfare unit along with facilities like the Structure and Motion Laboratory that help in studying locomotion, musculoskeletal health and age-related diseases in animals.

Campus Life

RVC has several academic-based clubs like the Student Equine Veterinary Association, the Farm Animal Clinical Club and the Zoological Society along with extra-curricular societies like the Music society, games society and performing arts. The students’ union named the International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) organizes events like Christmas Ball, Sports Ball, May Ball, Halfway Dinner, Burns Night, Raising and Giving Fortnight and Freshers’ Week. Several cafes and restaurants serve exquisite cuisine near the institution besides the campus’s bars like the Buttery which is at the Hawkshead campus and the Haxby at the Camden campus which is a new Union-run bar. The learning resources provided by RVC are RVC Learn which is has lecture notes, online tests and learning sessions, Echo360 that is a service to help record the lectures and revise difficult subjects and RVC App that enables access to RVC resources including notifications and updates about events.

Noted Alumni

Mary Brancker who is the first female president of the British Veterinary Association is one of the notable alumni of RVC apart from Walter Plowright, a veterinary scientist who played a major role in eradicating cattle plague rinderpest and Rory Cowlam, a veterinary surgeon and a television personality.