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Outstanding performance of UK veterinary schools on world stage

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is delighted to read of the outstanding performance of the UK’s veterinary schools in the 2019 QS World University Rankings announced recently and, in particular, that the veterinary degree course at the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College has been ranked the best in the world.

Ranked third in the preceding three years, the RVC clinched top spot for the first time, overtaking Cornell University (now 5th) and the University of California (now 2nd). Utrecht University was ranked third this year.

There were also extremely strong showings for the veterinary degree courses from the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Liverpool, which were all ranked in the top ten; the Universities of Glasgow and Bristol ranked in the top 20; and, the University of Nottingham in the top 40.

Responding to the results, RCVS President Amanda Boag, said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone at the UK veterinary schools that have featured so prominently in these world rankings and particularly the RVC on their superb result. This is testament to all the hard work and commitment of all those helping to provide world-class education and training for the veterinary surgeons of tomorrow, and a ringing endorsement of the veterinary degree courses on offer throughout the UK.”

“One of our key statutory responsibilities as the veterinary regulator is to set and monitor standards of veterinary education in the UK through regular, formal visitations to each veterinary school as, in fact, we undertook just last week with the new veterinary degree course at the University of Surrey.

“Our ENQA-accredited assessment process [see Notes] is necessarily in-depth and robust, and requires a huge amount of effort by the whole vet school team in order to maintain RCVS accreditation. That such sheer hard work and ongoing dedication by the UK’s vet schools has also been independently recognised at a global level is a huge accomplishment, of which all schools, and especially the RVC, should feel extremely proud.”


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