The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has been ranked top vet school in the UK and Europe – and one of the top three in the world.

QS World University Rankings placed RVC third out of 327 institutions offering veterinary science courses worldwide.

It is the only independent veterinary school in the top three and is the highest ranked vet school outside North America. 

The ranking system surveys tens of thousands of academic respondents and around 27,000 employers from across the globe to measure an institution’s reputation.

The RVC was judged on academic and employer reputation as well as citations per faculty to rank in the survey, which also assessed the numbers of faculty citations within academic publications in the past five years. 

RVC principal Stuart Reid said: “In a global setting it is gratifying to see a European school challenges for the top rankings worldwide; the fact that in the RVC the UK has the leading independent veterinary school and the highest placed institution outside North America is all the more pleasing for us. Our graduates can be justifiably proud – confident in the knowledge they are receiving the best of training available anywhere in the world.”

Established in 1791 the London-based college is the oldest veterinary school in the English-speaking world and holds a number of international accreditations.

RVC vice principal for learning and student experience David Church said: “We are pleased to see RVC’s substantial contribution to advancing veterinary science recognised in the latest QS rankings. There has been focused and sustained investment in ensuring the RVC has substantial breadth and depth of expertise in all areas of the veterinary and related sciences along with the facilities to allow this expertise to be optimised. As a result we believe our goals of delivering the highest quality learning experiences as well as advancing our understanding of animal and human health are a reality. Our challenge now and in the future is to ensure we surpass these standards.”

UC (Davis in California was in first place with Cornell University ranked second. 

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