• 03 March 2016

RVC to deliver Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Scholarships for Veterinary Medicine

RVC to deliver Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Scholarships for Veterinary Medicine for a leading Emirati Equine Hospital

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London is delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai Equine Hospital.

The agreement, signed by Professor Stuart Reid, Principal of the RVC and Dr. Ali Ridha Al Hashimi, Administrative Director of Dubai Equine Hospital, secures annual scholarships for Emirati students to study veterinary medicine at the RVC. It has been developed to support the UAE’s vision for the delivery of veterinary care within the region:

“Our aim in the next twenty years is that at least 60% of the UAE veterinary profession will be covered by Emirati nationals,” says Dr. Ali Ridha Al Hashimi. “They will be specialised in various fields such as equine, camel, small animals, falcon, and different specialisations in the field of pathology.”

The RVC is one of the world’s leading veterinary colleges, consistently ranked as the best in the UK and Europe and in the top three globally.

Commenting on the agreement, Professor David Church Vice-Principal for Learning and Student Experience at the RVC says:

‘We are delighted The Royal Veterinary College has been chosen to provide the training programmes for the recipients of the Dubai Equine Hospital’s Scholarship Programme. We hope this will be the beginning of an increasing level of collaboration which will see ongoing involvement of The Royal Veterinary College in undergraduate and postgraduate education not only in Dubai, but the region generally.’

Boris Johnson Mayor of London said:

"I am thrilled to hear that the Dubai Equine Hospital has chosen The Royal Veterinary College in London as the place for Emirati scholars to study veterinary medicine. London represents a world leading offering in higher education - the RVC is an integral part of that offering and its great news that this is being recognised around the world."

The official ceremony was attended by David Church, Vice-Principal of RVC, Nina Davies, Director of RVC Access and representatives from Dubai Equine Hospital, UAE schools and UAE colleges and universities.