RVC 225th celebration.
RVC alumni enjoying a gala dinner at Hatfield House.

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.

World-class institution

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
  • talks
  • 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.”

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

1 Comment on "From horses to courses: RVC celebrates 225th birthday"

Notify of
avatar

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Greg
Guest
Greg
7 months 8 days ago

Incredible photo!

wpDiscuz

related content

Tickets remain for this year’s Cx Congress at the East Midlands Conference Centre on 17 June.

2 mins

Nick Marsh welcomes the trend towards greater specialism in veterinary medicine, but champions the importance (and hard work) of "jack of all trades" general practitioners.

14 mins

Research finds elastic resistance bands can increase dynamic stability of horses in trot – and prevent, or treat, lameness and back problems in equines.

4 mins

Staff have promoted the “awesome and important” role veterinary nurses play by throwing their own careers event for Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month 2017.

5 mins

A vet whose research established diabetes mellitus (DM) in one-in-four UK cats is caused by a pituitary gland tumour has begun a collaboration with human medical experts that has potentially “huge” health implications.

5 mins

Jane Davidson outlines why, if you're a training practice committed to CPD, you need updated contracts in place, so all parties know what they're undertaking – including the financial costs and timescales.

9 mins