The RVC has been ranked as one of the world’s top three veterinary schools for the second year running.

Its position, at number three in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings table, rates the RVC as the top veterinary school in the UK and Europe – and the highest ranked outside the US.

It is placed third out of 324 institutions offering veterinary science courses worldwide and is the only independent veterinary school in the top three.

Judging criteria

The RVC was judged on academic reputation, research impact and citations, as well as employer reputation per subject to rank in the QS survey.

Results are calculated based on the responses of more than 76,000 academics worldwide and also includes an assessment of the numbers of faculty citations within academic publications in the past five years.

The 2016 ranking for employer reputation is based on feedback from around 44,500 employers from across the globe.

Global gratification

RVC principal Stuart Reid said: “In a global setting, it is gratifying to see a European school challenges for the top rankings worldwide.

“The RVC is incredibly proud to be the UK’s leading independent veterinary school and the highest placed institution outside the US. It is a remarkable achievement for a small specialist institution.”

David Church, the RVC’s vice-principal for learning and the student experience, added: “We are delighted to see the RVC’s contribution to the advancement of veterinary science recognised in the latest QS rankings.

“There has been focused and sustained investment to ensure the college continues to deliver an outstanding experience for all its students and maintains its position as a centre of excellence and expertise.”

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