Royal Veterinary College (University of London)
Tuesday 13 August 2013
History: Founded in London in 1791, it was the first veterinary college in Britain. Part of the University of London since 1949.
Address: Campuses in Camden Town in London and North Mymms in Hertfordshire.
Ambience: The Camden campus is in direct contrast to the rural setting in Hertfordshire, close to other university colleges and central student facilities. The countryside campus stands alone and has most of the sports facilities; Potter's Bar and Hatfield are the nearest towns.
Who's the boss? Professor Stuart Reid is principal and joined from the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow in 2011.
UCAS code: R84
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Veterinary medicine is notoriously difficult to get into. RVC expects AAA for veterinary medicine and a minimum of BBB for bioveterinary sciences. Work experience is very important.
Vital statistics: One of the leading vet schools in the country. Intimate, with around 2,000 students. Its three referral hospitals treat more than 20,000 patients a year.
Added value: RVC has been accredited by both the American Veterinary Medicine Association and the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education in addition to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, so it attracts a number of overseas students. This also puts it high up in the league of international veterinary schools for both research and teaching. The only veterinary school in the country to be awarded a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning by HEFCE in 2005. The university is one of the first in the UK to offer two new degrees: veterinary nursing and veterinary science. Specialist facilities include an equine clinic, farm animal centre and post-mortem hall.
Teaching: In a 2009 audit, the QAA concluded that it could have 'reasonable confidence' in the college. In the most recent National Student Survey 84 per cent of students said they were satisfied with teaching.
Research: 55 per cent of academics submitted for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise are producing “world class” or “internationally excellent” research. It is England’s best school in the agriculture, veterinary and food science unit of assessment for institutions whose research is exclusively veterinary-related. One of the leaders in Europe for research.
Any accommodation? Yes - guarantees a room in halls to 95 per cent of first year students. Rents range from £136.50 to £229.25 depending on whether you opt for catering or self-catering.
Cheap to live there? Oh no - private rents in London will set you back £100 plus. Cheaper in Hertfordshire.
Transport links: Excellent in London, with buses and the underground. Hertfordshire campus is half an hour from London by train; the college has a minibus that picks students up from the station and regularly drives between campuses.
Fees: £9,000 per year for home and EU undergraduates.
Bursaries: Financial assistance offered to students with a household income of less than £25,000 per year. There is also a range of scholarships based on merit and course studied. See the finance page here for full details.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: London, and Camden especially, is brimming with things to do and see. There is a student bar on the Hertfordshire campus and students also frequent the local pubs.
Sporting facilities: Students enjoy life on the sports field - ranked 123rd out of 148 in the BUCS league for 2012/13. The students' union runs teams for most sports, including quirkier activities such as mountaineering.
Glittering alumni: David Grant, vet on Animal Hospital; Sir Frederick Hobday, renowned vet who pioneered the Hobday operation; Adrian Jones, vet and sculptor, responsible for the largest bronze sculpture in Britain, the ‘Peace Quadriga’ in London.
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