royal veterinary college entry requirements

Last Updated on December 29, 2022

The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) programme offers world-leading scientific and clinical training in veterinary medicine. This exciting course builds on our extensive veterinary history, and takes a fresh approach in bringing together technological change, clinical and scientific progress, and stimulating teaching and learning methods.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the science underpinning veterinary practice and research, and develop fundamental problem solving, communication and team-working skills. In our busy RVC hospitals and collaborative practices, you will gain the broadest and best possible practical experience.

This comprehensive programme will help you acquire an understanding of the basic biological principles of normal body function and disease, and the ability to distinguish the pathological from the normal, to prevent disease and safely manage the processes of animal production. You will also explore opportunities to further veterinary knowledge through research, and develop the expertise to diagnose and treat disease and alleviate suffering along with the professional skills you need to work and communicate effectively in practice.

In the first two years, you will primarily be based at the Camden Campus studying basic veterinary sciences, acquiring introductory skills in handling and examining horses, farm animals and companion animals as well as developing your communication and team working skills. In your third, fourth and fifth year you will mainly be based at our Hawkshead Campus where you will acquire knowledge and practical skills in clinical science necessary for you to participate fully in clinical practice at the RVC, collaborative practices, and in private veterinary practice.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine course is delivered across both of our campuses. You will spend the first two years primarily based at our Camden Campus, before being based at the Hawkshead Campus in the latter years.

Student standing near Duncan's Horses statue at RVC Hawkshead campus

“I think that there is a constant improvement of knowledge and clinical skills throughout the course, and when I started clinical rotations, I could see myself being more like a real vet, which is really exciting for me.

“It works well that we have two years of pre-clinical teaching before coming to Hawkshead for the clinical work. We were taught the theory and knowledge of veterinary medicine before starting our rotations, where we could put all this knowledge into real-life situations, and I felt that I was able to utilise that knowledge and make a difference.

“It has been amazing working in the biggest animal hospital in Europe. It has a lot of expertise in there, and we’ve got an MRI, CT, and a great team with mixed specialities in departments collaborating together so it is a great place for students to learn.

“There are five or six people in your clinical rotations group, and a sister group with the same number. Depending on the rotations, you can work as an individual group and sometimes you combine with the sister group. There is a lot of support from the keen teaching staff, regardless of whether they are interns, residents or clinicians.”

Sidney Tai Shing Chan, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine


We were the first veterinary school in the world to achieve full accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and full recognition by the UK’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), as well as a reciprocal arrangement between the RCVS and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC). Currently we hold full recognition or accreditation from RCVS, AVBC and AVMA and conditional from EAEVE.

What does this mean for you? It means that when you graduate in veterinary medicine at the RVC, you will be qualified to practise in Europe, North America and many Asian and African countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand – a real advantage for those looking to develop an international career.

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