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The Royal Veterinary College

Ranked number 1 in the UK for overall student satisfaction, the Royal Veterinary College is one of the world’s leading specialist institutions of veterinary medicine, biosciences and veterinary nursing.

Royal Veterinary College
RVC is ranked as the world's number one veterinary school in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

Why you should study at RVC

Prior 2019, the college was ranked the top veterinary school in Europe, and top three in the world, for three years in a row. It is the largest and longest-established veterinary school in the English-speaking world.

The RVC was also ranked in the UK’s top 10 for biosciences and received a TEF Gold award for the quality of teaching, learning environment, and educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

The Royal Veterinary College was established in 1791 and joined the University of London in 1949

The College supports a practical learning experience, where students are exposed to a small animal referral hospital, a first-opinion practice, an equine hospital, a farm, diagnostic services and the opportunity to continue professional development. The small animal referrals hospital is the largest and most highly regarded teaching hospital in Europe, with Europe’s greatest concentration of 95 veterinary specialists (from over 20 countries), and treats over 7,000 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 biological science.

As a research-led institution, the RVC is ranked as the top veterinary school in the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science unit of the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with 55% of academics producing world-class and internationally excellent research.

The College also celebrates 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.