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Founded in 1791, the Royal Veterinary College is the largest and longest-established veterinary school in the English-speaking world. It stands today as one of the world's leading specialist veterinary and biological science research institutions.

The research undertaken at the RVC extends from the molecular level to the whole animal or population of animals. The College is organised into three major departments:

  • Comparative Biomedical Sciences is responsible for integrated teaching and research in basic science disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology, genetics and physiology. Research interests include biomechanics, musculoskeletal biology, cardiovascular biology, reproduction, development and pharmacology.
  • Clinical Sciences and Services houses the RVC's small and large animal hospitals. In addition to providing acute care, veterinarians, specialist nurses, and other clinical staff produce research in such areas as anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, and physiotherapy and rehab.
  • Pathobiology and Population Sciences combines the previously separate Pathology and Pathogen Biology (PPB) and Production and Population Health (PPH) departments. Research within PPS encompasses production animal (also known as farm animal, food animal or livestock) medicine, animal welfare, epidemiology, economics and veterinary public health, clinical and anatomic pathology, virology, bacteriology, immunology and parasitology. A multidisciplinary approach to these subjects encourages study of the effects of disease on welfare and the impact of disease on human-animal interactions and human health.

RVC Research Online compiles and makes freely available the research outputs of affiliated academic researchers and clinical staff, to ensure their widest possible impact.