Ranked third in the preceding three years, the RVC overtook Cornell University (now fifth) and the University of California (now second). Utrecht University was ranked third this year.
There were also strong showings for the veterinary degree courses from the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Liverpool, which were all ranked in the top 10; the Universities of Glasgow and Bristol ranked in the top 20; and, the University of Nottingham in the top 40.
RCVS president Amanda Boag, said: “I’d like to congratulate everyone at the UK veterinary schools that have featured so prominently in these world rankings and particularly the RVC on their superb result.
“This is testament to all the hard work and commitment of all those helping to provide world class education and training for the veterinary surgeons of tomorrow, and a ringing endorsement of the veterinary degree courses on offer throughout the UK.”
She added: “One of our key statutory responsibilities as the veterinary regulator is to set and monitor standards of veterinary education in the UK through regular, formal visitations to each veterinary school as, in fact, we undertook just last week with the new veterinary degree course at the University of Surrey.”