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External review of the RCVS by ENQA

The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) is an umbrella organisation which represents quality assurance organisations from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) member states. ENQA is a membership organisation which: 

  • Promotes European co-operation in the field of quality assurance in higher education and disseminates information and expertise among its members and other stakeholders in order to develop and share good practice.
  • Acts as the voice of the European quality assurance agencies, representing its members on the European level by influencing the outcomes of the European policy debates that will impact the work of quality assurance agencies
  • Provides support to its members in understanding and responding to developments in Europe and the challenges they pose.

Following a successful review of processes related to the accreditation of veterinary degrees by the US Department of Education in 2015, the RCVS made the decision to apply for ENQA membership so that our procedures and processes for quality assuring both veterinary and veterinary nursing qualifications could be subject to an external review. 

ENQA took part in a visitation of the RCVS in April 2018, after the College applied for recognition from the association in respect of its accreditation of veterinary and veterinary nursing education, and at its October meeting the Board of ENQA took the decision that RCVS is in compliance with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG 2015).  You can find the complete review report below.