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Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


About us

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) sets, upholds and advances veterinary standards to enhance society through improved animal health and welfare.

Uniquely, we are a regulator that derives its purpose from both legislation and a Royal Charter. This gives us the advantage of being able to lead the profession as well as safeguard the public.

Our charitable partner, RCVS Knowledge, seeks to ensure veterinary medicine is founded on a secure evidence base, through the provision of research funding, powerful information that practitioners can use, and an impressive historical collection.

The RCVS was established in 1844 by Royal Charter and we are proud of our history. But we are also a modern, forward-thinking regulator that has made significant changes to the way it operates over the last five years or so.

If the public is confident that, when they take their pets to the vet, they are seeing someone who is properly qualified, keeps their skills and knowledge up to date and abides by a professional code, that is because we are here to ensure that this happens.

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What employees say

RCVS is an exceptionally flexible and supportive employer, and when this is combined with its dynamic and forward looking focus it makes for an exciting environment to work in.

  Spending a significant part of my life at work means I really appreciate the calibre, energy and positivity of all my colleagues, throughout the organisation, and actively look forward to working together to solve the challenges we face and help to improve the sector.

Richard Burley
Chief Technology Officer
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We have special and unique benefits here.

This is a friendly place to work.

Management genuinely seeks and responds to suggestions and ideas.

I'm proud to tell others I work here.

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.

People are encouraged to balance their work life and their personal life.

What defines us

We are really proud to be recognised for the excellent work culture we have created here at the RCVS.

We support and develop our people, promote wellbeing and we are a great place to work.

Over the past few years we have picked up a range of accreditations – a great testament to our team's hard work.

We believe in our culture so much, we even created a culture booklet "The Way We Work" which every employee receives and understands from Day One!

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What inspires us

We Welcome people, We Celebrate everyone, We Work Hard

We love our Bake Offs, with any money raised going to employee's chosen charity

We allow Team Building for teams including Escape rooms and lunches

We have a Summer fun day every year with rounders in the park

 All Staff Away Day - previous locations have included The Shard, Kensington Roof Gardens & London Zoo

All staff Christmas Lunch

We offer a Wellbeing Allowance that gives employees the chance to spend up to £250 on anything to do with their wellbeing

Options include

* Pet Insurance

* Medical/Dental fees

* Ski Lessons

* Gym membership/Home Gym Equipment

* Massage/Physiotherapy appointments

Plus the list of benefits are extensive 

• 25 days holiday (additional day added every 2 years)

• Loyalty Bonus – every 4 years £1000 (until 20 years, then every 5 years)

• In House Massages – up to 16 each visit all paid by the college

• Generous Family Friendly Entitlement

• 2 days puppy leave (when getting a new puppy)

• Flexible working options

• Training & Development 

• In-House Mentoring Scheme

• Discounts and Benefits Portal through Reward gateway (available to all staff offering discounts at over 900 retailers)

• Babylon Doctor App – FaceTime & calls with GPs (service offered free of charge for all family members)

• Travel season Ticket loan

• Cycle to Work Scheme

• Private Medical Insurance (taxable option)

• 2 days paid volunteering per year

• Employee Assistance program (offering assistance, advice, counselling phone, web and app)

• SMART Pension

• Free Eye tests and money towards glasses


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At a glance

Age of employees

Years with company

Gender ratio

full-time / part-time

Action highlights

  1. We speak with our employees about what they like, dislike or are looking for with regards to making it a great place to work.
  2. We review our benefits yearly ensuring we are keeping up to date with what is and isn't working
  3. We take onboard staff ideas. It doesn't matter if you have been here 5 days or 15 years, we listen!
  4. We didn't create fancy core values just because, we live and breath our culture
  5. Flexible Working is our most popular benefit, our people are trusted


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Word from the top

Being a Great Place to Work is really important to the RCVS and I am proud of all of the hard work that our team has put in to listening, responding and improving over the last five years.

The RCVS is a service-led organisation, so if our team enjoys the work, and the workplace, they will deliver the best for members of the veterinary team and the public.

  Plus we find that being a Great Place to Work is really important in our recruitment drive – candidates always remark upon it and it’s a useful way to start a conversation about what they rate in a workplace, to check that our values align.

And of course I work here too, so it’s great to walk through the door every day into a place that’s so positive and supportive!

Lizzie Lockett
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Career and jobs

Application tips

Here at the RCVS, our culture is our number one priority.

We realise the importance of maintaining a healthy work life-balance. We work as a team to support each other and offer flexibility. We care less about where you have come from more about where you are going.

We recognise and reward people with great attitudes and behaviours, who go the extra mile and who stay the course. We pay well, we support and develop our people and we are a great place to work.

We are talent spotting all the time, even when we don’t have roles to fill.


Our great workplace

We hire for attitude and train for skills.

We look for people with ambition who have the ability to grow within their jobs now and progress in the future.

We want our people to be leaders in the tasks they have and in wanting to grow their responsibilities within and outwith their areas.

We seek employees who will challenge our organisation and ask those difficult questions.

We seek individuals who will meet our culture, values and behaviours.

We embrace an open and supportive culture and support staff who want to try out new ideas.

We seek to attract employees from all sectors, backgrounds and experiences to give us the best chance of learning from the widest possible range of stimuli.


Matt Wallace
HR & Training Manager

Tel: 0207 222 2001


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