Royal Veterinary College Summer School 2018

Royal Veterinary College, the

Royal Veterinary College Summer School 2018

Royal Veterinary College Summer School 2018

Thinking of a career in veterinary medicine or biological science?

Join us for an exciting two week summer school at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London. You will gain veterinary skills and knowledge that will be recognised by the RVC if you choose to apply.

  • Earn one week of veterinary experience in our globally-recognised animal hospitals and research facilities.
  • Get a taste of student life at the RVC and meet our student ambassadors and academic tutors.
  • Receive world-class teaching alongside your peers.
  • Explore London one of the world’s most exciting cities as well as the beauty of the English countryside.
  • Challenge yourself and make friends from around the world

Please note, this is a competitive programme with 50 places available to the strongest applicants. As well as being assessed on your academic suitability, we will also use the personal statement part of the application to help us decide who to offer places to. Successful applicants will be notified in May that they have a place.

Hear all about it from our 2016 Summer School participants:

Testimonials from 2016 participants:

“The RVC met all of my expectations and so much more. Everyone seems so happy to be part of this environment and they are excited about learning.”

“What a unique and amazing experience that I will never forget!”

“Throughout the entire summer school I felt like a real student living in London. I was respected and taught valuable information through lectures – just like a student. The lectures were fascinating.”

“Thank you for an amazing and unforgettable 2 weeks. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and can say this has to be one of the best things I’ve done. I hope to perhaps study here in the near future.”

Possible Programme Highlights

Practise in our state of the art clinical facilities:

• The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals
• The RVC Farm at Bolton’s Park
• The Equine Referral Hospital
• Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital
• The RVC Clinical Pathology Labs

Learn more through our practical teaching sessions:

• Applied clinical case study
• Animal behaviour workshops
• Clinical skills workshops
• Structure and motion workshops
• Dissection experience
• Directed learning sessions

Enjoy and experience student life at the RVC:

• Work together in groups and deliver a group presentation
• Interact with our current students and learn more about student life
• Meet your own academic tutor
• Meet the Student Union
• Take part in a broad range of team games and events
• Discover our academic programmes, how to prepare for interviews and how best to make an application for our academic courses.

Social Activities

Possible Social Activities

There will be plenty of time for socialising and fun during the evening and weekends. A schedule of activities will allow you to explore everything London and the surrounding areas have to offer. Events may include:

• Take part in our team challenges, sports games and quizzes
• Get up close and meet live exotic animals

• See some famous London landmarks
• Visit some of London’s best attractions as well as ZSL London Zoo

• Improve your cooking skills with our Master Chef competition

• Enjoy free access to RVC Gym facilities and Boot Camp sessions.


The RVC will award three individual scholarships each will include a fee waiver of £2,350.

UK Students

  • One fee-waiver scholarship is available to a UK student that fulfils our Widening Participation criteria. Please view eligibility requirements on our website via our Gateway programme.

To apply please complete the Pre-Vet Summer School scholarship form:  Download  and send this, as well as any supporting documents by 10th May 2017 to:

All successful scholars will be notified after the 10th May 2017. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:

International Students

  • Two fee-waiver scholarships are available to international students of outstanding academic merit and with a strong personal statement. There is no separate application for these scholarships. They will be awarded once all applications have been considered to the two strongest applicants.

All successful scholars will be notified after the 10th May 2017. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:


College Close comprises 11 independent houses based at our Hawkshead Campus:

• Separate male and female shared accommodation.
• Each house is fully-equipped and furnished and has ample bathroom facilities and kitchen facilities.
• Each bedroom is equipped with contemporary furniture.
• Internet access is available in each house
• 24 hour security
• Utilities and bed linen is included (but not towels)

Dates and Costs

The Summer School will run from Sunday 30th July – Friday 11th August (finishing at approximately 1pm)

£2,350. Price includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and evening meals, social activities listed in the programme, equipment, specialist clothing and Heathrow airport transfer (the bus is scheduled for 12 noon on Sunday 30th July)..

Price does not include visa costs, airfares, travel and health insurance or transport from other UK airports.

Entry Requirements

  • You are required to have a good academic standing and be studying biology, chemistry or physics at higher/advanced level.
  • Minimum age:16 (there is no maximum age).
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency for example; 6.5 in IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-test or Pearson Test of English overall score of at least 60. If you are taught in an English-speaking International School, you should request a reference from your school explaining how long your education has been in English and whether your English is of a good enough quality to be able to fully participate in the programme. This should be sent along with proof of your academic qualifications or your tutor can email us directly. We may ask for further evidence of your English proficiency if we feel it is necessary.

30 Jul

Our 12 day summer school offers you the perfect experience of life as an RVC student and insight into studying veterinary medicine or biological science.

You will join our current students and work together in groups in our state-of-the-art hospitals and research facilities, as well as learn from our world recognised academic staff through a variety of workshops and sessions. There will be lots of time to socialise as well, to make new friends and to explore London and St Albans.

All this experience will be recognised by the RVC if you choose to apply for our academic programmes.

Date: 30 July – 11 August 2017

Location: RVC Camden and Hawkshead Campuses

For more information see Pre-Vet Summer School 2017.

How to Apply

Contact Us

Find out more about our summer school and our academic courses by contacting us:

The Royal Veterinary College,
Royal College Street


Tel: +44 (0)20 7468 5316