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New Opportunities for RUSVM Students at Royal Veterinary College of London

Students can now spend their clinical year at the RVC, ranked as one of the top three veterinary schools in the world.


Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) announced a new clinical affiliation with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, United Kingdom. Through this affiliation RUSVM students will have the opportunity to spend their clinical training year at the RVC, focusing on their future career paths through core and elective rotations.

The RVC, part of the University of London, has been ranked as one of the top three veterinary schools in the world, and the highest ranked outside North America, according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings.

“Students at the RVC will experience our fully accredited clinical training program at one of the largest referral hospitals in the world,” said Professor David Church, vice principal for learning and the student experience at the RVC. “We are enormously proud of the education we offer.”

The largest and longest-established vet school in the English-speaking world, the RVC holds full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc. (AVBC) and the Royal Society of Biology.

“Diversity of Landscapes and Animals”

In addition to its highly regarded education program, a major strength of the RVC program is its diversity, Professor Church said.

“The RVC is a multicultural university in the truest sense of the word,” said Professor Church. “More than 60 nations are represented by the staff, and students come from all over the globe.”

The RVC affiliation provides between 6 and 10 slots for RUSVM students over the whole academic year, with students being able to start with each semester class—September, January and May. Seven RUSVM students will serve as the inaugural group, beginning their studies in London this month.

“The RVC is a well-rounded school with a very high case load,” said Dr. Juan Samper, associate dean for clinical affairs and professional opportunities at RUSVM. “They have opportunities for all kinds of specialties in small and large animals, as well as general practice exposure for the students.”

The RVC’s location in London enhances the breadth of opportunities available to students, Professor Church said.

“You can be in the bustling metropolis of London, with its significant small animal population—and in 20 minutes you’re in the rural environment of our Hawkshead campus,” Professor Church said. “Because the U.K. is a small country geographically, you don’t have to travel very far to experience a diversity of landscapes and animal species.”

The RVC is one of two European institutions with a clinical affiliation with RUSVM. The first was University College Dublin, which welcomed its first class of RUSVM students in May 2015.

View the full listing of RUSVM clinical affiliations here.

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