A host of events were held to celebrate the 225th birthday of the RVC.
The RVC is the oldest veterinary school in the English-speaking world, with the creation of the college in 1791 marking the establishment of the veterinary profession in Britain.
Starting out as a horse infirmary with a handful of students, the RVC is widely recognised as a world-class science-based institution, producing internationally renowned vets and scientists. It is also at the forefront of education and training of VNs.
To mark the milestone, the college invited alumni to attend a programme of events for the weekend of October 15 to 16. These included a gala dinner on the Saturday and an open day and campus tour on Sunday, with Sunday’s activities also including:
- displays on the RVC’s history
- a film screening
- an ethical debate, discussing the balance between business and welfare in all aspects of veterinary work
There were also events for staff at both the Camden and Hertfordshire campuses on the Friday.
Centuries of achievement
RVC principal Stuart Reid said: “It is a great honour to lead the RVC – which has achieved so much over the centuries – within this era of so many exciting breakthroughs.
“The college has always looked beyond the horizon to make advancements in science and practice for the benefit of patients and communities globally, yet it is crucial to also recognise the essential contributions of those who have gone before. The early pioneers and those who followed them played essential roles in the evolution of both veterinary and human medicine, and the advancement of science.
“Our current advances in knowledge are built on the efforts of all who have been part of the RVC through the centuries – by acknowledging this heritage, we reflect on how the efforts being made today by researchers, practitioners and students have long-term implications for animal health and welfare globally.”