Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) fulfills the criteria for ENQA membership and thus the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The evaluation is scheduled to finish October 2018.

Background and context
Setting and monitoring the standards for veterinary and veterinary nurse education is a key responsibility of the RCVS. The RCVS’s authority and statutory obligation to accredit veterinary schools comes under the Primary national legislation, the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 (item 1). The RCVS defines the competences that need to be met by the new graduate, and specifies the requirements for veterinary and veterinary nursing degree courses to be approved for registration purposes. For a veterinary degree or veterinary nursing degree to be approved for registration purposes by the College, the course must meet these published RCVS criteria.

The RCVS undertakes formal visitations to universities to ensure that veterinary and veterinary nursing degree standards are being maintained. For UK universities offering veterinary degrees, RCVS reports its recommendations to the Queen’s Privy Council, which is a formal body of advisers to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. For veterinary nursing degrees, RCVS reports its findings through the Veterinary Nurse Education Council and the Veterinary Nurse Council.

RCVS is applying for the first time for ENQA membership.

Review process
The process is designed in the light of the Guidelines for ENQA Agency Reviews and in line with the requirements of the EQAR Procedures for Applications.

The evaluation procedure consists of the following steps:

  • Formulation of the Terms of Reference and protocol for the review;
  • Nomination and appointment of the review panel;
  • Self-assessment by RCVS including the preparation of a self-assessment report;
  • A site visit by the review panel to RCVS;
  • Preparation and completion of the final evaluation report by the review panel;
  • Scrutiny of the final evaluation report by the ENQA Review Committee;
  • Analysis of the scrutiny by the ENQA Board and their decision regarding ENQA membership;
  • Follow-up of the panel’s and/or ENQA Board’s recommendations by the agency, including a voluntary follow-up visit.

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Oliver Vettori, Director, Program Management & Quality Management, WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria – Chair, quality assurance professional (EUA nominee)
  • Maiki Udam, Director of International Cooperation, Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education, Estonia – Secretary, quality assurance professional (ENQA nominee)
  • Ivan Varyakov, Professor, Agrarian Faculty, Trakia University – Stara Zagora, Bulgaria – Academic (ENQA nominee)
  • Rebecca Maxwell Stuart, PhD student in Business Management/Higher Education, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, United Kingdom – Student (ESU nominee)

This review is being coordinated by Maria Kelo.

RCVS’ self-assessment report is available here.