Royal Veterinary College

(University of London)

Royal Veterinary College
Royal College Street
London NW1 0TU UK
Telephone: (+44) 20 7468 5146
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7388 2342


The RVC 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 the College has 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; become an independent veterinary school within a federal university; The RVC was also the first UK Vet school to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association; introduce a degree in Veterinary Nursing; and establish a Centre for Lifelong and Independent Veterinary Education. Today, first-class teaching and research staff, experienced in a wide range of disciplines and skills, help talented students to exploit state-of-the-art clinical facilities and laboratories to the full, maintaining the RVC’s long, proud tradition of making seminal contributions to both the animal and human sciences.

The RVC has one campus near Kings Cross/Camden Town, in central London (the Camden Campus) and one located close to the outskirts of London on a 575-acre site near Potters Bar (the Hawkshead Campus). Both offer a friendly and supportive environment and excellent facilities for teaching and learning. The Camden Campus boasts newly refurbished research laboratories, and extensive library, an anatomy museum, the London Bioscience Innovation Centre and the Beaumont-Sainsbury Animal Hospital. Accommodation, a cardio and weights room , a restaurant and a bar, and a social learning space including a cafe are also on site. 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 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 Hawkshead Campus is the main clinical campus with three state-of-the-art teaching hospitals on site including the largest veterinary-referral hospital in Europe. Located in rural countryside near Potters Bar, it is a 20 minute train journey from London’s Kings Cross station and comprises lecture theatres, laboratories, 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.The new Sports and Wellbeing Centre is a mix of the old and the new where traditional regular gym equipment features alongside new equipment and concepts – including a 9-metre climbing wall, as well as an impressive sports hall; dance/aerobics Studio; and a state-of-the-art fitness room. In addition to the modern journals and textbooks, the RVC has one of the best collections of historical veterinary books in the world. The RVC has invested heavily in the Hawkshead Campus in recent years, developing a new Student Village with over 190 bedrooms, a new restaurant 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. Both RVC Campuses have a modern Learning Resources Centre with superb IT equipment teaching spaces and library facilities.

Places in RVC halls of residence are available and students from overseas are given priority. The College has 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.


For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees and VMCAS participation), please refer to our website at .

Residency implications: The UK government introduced a points-based immigration system for students from non-EU countries who wish to study in the UK. For further information on entry to the UK, please refer to and to the College’s web site. Students must also be able to ensure adequate financial support for the duration of their course.



VMCAS application deadline: September 17, 2018 at 11:50 PM Eastern Time

Interview dates are arranged: October

Date interviews are held: November (Interviews for North American candidates normally take place in the USA)

Date acceptances mailed: January to March

School begins: September

Transcripts: All transcripts to VMCAS by 15 September. But aim for 1 September in case of problems.

Deposit (to hold place in class): A deposit is not required to accept an offer of a place but offers will be conditional of payment of a deposit and visa paperwork will not be issued until a deposit is paid. Amount will be advised at point of offer.

Deferments: may be considered in exceptional circumstances.


Academic performance

Animal/veterinary experience


An academic reference must be provided. Reference(s) will also be required to demonstrate experience in animal and veterinary environments.

Personal statement


Course requirements

VMCAS applicants are normally final year or recent university graduates although students with two years pre-vet will be considered. We will also consider High School students studying AP or the International Baccalaureate. These students apply through UCAS (see our website at Science graduates or applicants in the final year of a science based degree with the prerequisites may be considered for our 4 year accelerated course. Applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the four year programme may be considered for our five year programme. Required at upper level (i.e. 300-400 level): At least 8 upper-level credits in Biology/Biological Science. Examples include but are not limited to: Animal Biology, Physiology, Anatomy, Zoology, Microbiology or Genetics. 

Also required (4 semester credits each): Biochemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Anatomy/Physiology, Organic Chemistry, and Biology.

Required undergraduate GPA: 3.40 or higher preferred (on 4.0 point scale).

AP credit policy: not applicable for graduate applicants.

Course completion deadline: all required courses should be completed by July of the year of admissions.

Standardized examinations: GRE General test required and must be sent to the College by 15 September. RVC institution code is 3207.


Applicants are also expected to have gained at least 70 hours of experience in a veterinary setting and at least 70 hours of animal handling experience in the 18 months prior to application. The experience can be paid or voluntary and in any relevant environment outside of the applicant's home/personal setting.

Supplemental Application: see website

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? yes


Estimated Tuition Resident: pending, see our website for further information

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: pending, see our website for further information


Resident: tbc
Non-resident: tbc


Standardized examinations: GRE General test required and to be submitted to the RVC by 15 September. RVC institution code is 3207.

VMCAS Participation: partial

Accepts International Students? yes


Application Deadline: 9/17/2018