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Seneca and Royal Veterinary College sign MOU to expand opportunities for students

Partnership will allow Seneca students to pursue further studies at the RVC in London, U.K.

Seneca President David Agnew and the Royal Veterinary College Principal Stuart Reid sign MOU at King Campus.
Seneca President David Agnew and the Royal Veterinary College Principal Stuart Reid sign MOU at King Campus.

Toronto, April 12, 2019 – Seneca signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to officially partner with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and a college of the University of London. The signing took place at Seneca’s King Campus between David Agnew, Seneca President and Stuart Reid, Principal of the RVC.

The MOU marks the start of a new partnership that will provide Veterinary Technician (VTE) students at Seneca with enhanced pathways to enable them to study on the RVC’s Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine course. It will also involve annual visits by RVC staff to Seneca’s King Campus in order give talks to VTE students on the opportunities the pathways offer. Looking ahead, the two universities will also explore the possibility of a bridging program to further support Seneca students continuing their studies at the RVC.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students in our veterinary tech program to further explore their passion at a world-class leader in veterinary science and research,” said David Agnew, Seneca President.

The partnership came about after administration noticed that several Seneca alumni had continued their studies at the RVC over the last several years.

“We have been developing this partnership with Seneca since 2017 and it is great to see it come together so successfully. We look forward to continued collaboration between our organizations to the benefit of our students and animal health,” said Stuart Reid, Principal of the RVC.

The RVC produces world-class research and provides support for the veterinary profession through its referral hospitals, including Europe’s largest small animal referral hospital. The RVC’s programs have an international appeal and attract students who go on to become veterinarians, research scientists, veterinary nurses, and leaders in industry and government.

Seneca’s VTE program aligns well with the RVC as it also offers affiliations with industry associations, as well as career opportunities in hospitals, government, wildlife services and more.

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About the RVC

  • The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a constituent College of the University of London.
  • The RVC offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences.
  • It is currently the only veterinary school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC.
  • In 2017, the RVC received a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest rating a university can receive.
  • RVC is a research led institution with 79% of its research rated as internationally excellent or world class in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • The College also provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals; the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital in central London, the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (Europe's largest small animal referral centre), the Equine Referral Hospital, and the Farm Animal Clinical Centre located at the Hertfordshire campus.

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Seneca Media Relations