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Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Margaret Kilyon
Head of Admissions
Royal Veterinary College
Royal College Street
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; 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.
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, and 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 café/deli 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 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 King’s 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. 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. The RVC has 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. 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.
Application Information
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.
Prerequisites for Admission
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. Subjects must include Organic Chemistry with lab, Biochemistry, Mathematics or Statistics, Principles of Biology, Physics with lab, General Biology, Animal Biology, or Zoology all with lab. As a minimum we require 8 semester credits in Organic Chemistry and Principles of Biology, General Biology, Animal Biology or Zoology and 4 semester credits in Biochemistry, Physics with Laboratory and Mathematics/Statistics (Algebra is acceptable). It is also recommended that students take General Chemistry or Fundamentals of Chemistry.
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. RVC institution code is 3207.
Additional requirements and considerations
Applicants are also expected to have gained significant relevant work experience of handling animals. This should include work in veterinary practice and where possible other animal establishments.
Supplemental Application: Not required
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Immediate offers which do not require an interview are made to exceptional candidates: October/November
Interview dates are arranged: October-December
Date interviews are held: January/February (held in the U.S.). Some interviews may be held earlier
Date acceptances mailed: March/April (some may be sent earlier)
School begins: September

Transcripts: All transcripts to VMCAS by 1 September 2013 and fall transcripts to VMCAS by 1 February 2014
Deposit (to hold place in class): £1,000 sterling
Deferments: may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Evaluation criteria
Academic performance
Animal/veterinary experience
Interview (in most cases)
References/evaluations (minimum 2 required—one from academic science source and one from a veterinary surgeon who you have worked with)
Personal statement
2010–2011 admissions summary (for entry in 2012)

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
In-province 1,098 186
International    432   44
Total 1,530 230
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year*
Tuition and fees
Resident residents of the UK are government-funded by loans
£20,300 sterling
Living Expenses
estimated living expenses given below represent a guide to the sum required to live in reasonable comfort in London.
Single student £10,555
Couples £16,178 (plus an additional £2,000 per child)
* For up-to-date information on fees and all further information regarding admission to the College, please visit our website.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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