RAVC Association

The RAVC Association

Home of the RAVC

The Royal Army Veterinary Corps

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The RAVC currently has a huge role to play on operations, providing the handling and training expertise for a range of Military Working Dog (MWD) classifications working in the Force Protection and Search spheres. Veterinary Officers use their expertise to maintain the health and welfare of the MWDs, provide advice on zoonotic disease and environmental health matters as well as working in the stabilisation arena. Military Working Horses are also a key part of the work of the RAVC.

RAVC Centenary 2018 on youtube

The RAVC Centenary event took place in Melton Mowbray on
27 July 2018

The original Army Veterinary Service (Veterinary Corps)

was founded in 1796 after public outrage concerning the death of Army horses. John Shipp was the first veterinary surgeon to be commissioned into the British Army, when he joined the 11th Light Dragoons on 25 June 1796. This date has been recognised as RAVC's foundation day ever since.

RAVC marching
RAVC with dogs

The RAVC provides, trains and cares for mainly dogs and horses

but also tends to the various regimental mascots in the army.
The RAVC Directorate is based at the Army Headquarters in Andover. This is where the Chief Veterinary Officer for Defence and his Staff Officers are based. The main unit locations for the RAVC is the Defence Animal Training Regiment based at Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire although staff are spread throughout the Army. They are also responsible for explosives and drug search dogs.
There is one Branch of the RAVC Association which is based at Melton Mowbray.

RAVC Association branch

Branches may be established in the UK where sufficient interest exists to form a branch. Presently there is only one Branch known as the Melton Mowbray Branch.
Learn more...

RAVC at Arboretum
RAVC at Centenary parade

Membership of the RAVC Association

There are two forms of membership:

Full Membership

Serving and retired members of the RAVC, including those Officers and soldiers that have served in the Reserves, are entitled to Full Membership.

Associate Membership

Persons not eligible full membership, including former WRAC (Kennel Maid and Grooms etc) and HKMSC who have served in a RAVC unit, who have an interest in the Association, may be invited to apply for Associate Membership.

RAVC Association Income

The RAVC Association obtains its income from members’ life subscription, interest and dividends from its investments and donations.

About the RAVC Association

Management of the RAVC Association

Committee of Management consisting of the following members meets twice a year and consists of:

  • Chairman - Serving or retired officer of the RAVC
  • Secretary - The Regimental Secretary RAVC


  • Commanding Officer Defence Animal Training Regiment
  • Regimental Sergeant Major RAVC
  • Senior serving LE officer RAVC
  • Up to six members are elected at the annual general meeting.
HRH at Arboretum
The RAVC Association objectives

Formed in 1921, the objectives of the RAVC Association are to:

  • Foster esprit de Corps amongst all ranks, serving and retired, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps
  • Organise an Annual Reunion
  • Circulate Corps information to the members
  • Inform the Secretary of the Corps Welfare & Benevolent Fund of members or dependants in need
  • Ensure, where possible, a decent funeral for any member of the Corps serving or retired

Other RAVC units

1 Military Working Dog Regiment RAVC at St George’s Barracks, North Luffenham, Rutland

101 Military Working Dog Squadron (Reserves) based at North Luffenham

102 Military Working Dog Squadron, based at Sennelager, Germany

104 Military Working Dog Squadron, based at North Luffenham

105 Military Working Dog Squadron, based at Sennelager, Germany

Other dog units are based in Cyprus, Brunei and Afghanistan

Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR) based at Melton Mowbray

Headquarters and Support Squadron

Equine Training Squadron (ETS)

Veterinary Training Squadron (VTS)

Canine Training Squadron (CTS)


RAVC Centenary
Ex-members wanted!

Ex-serving members of RAVC needed for the Melton Mowbray branch.

On a recent check of our database we noticed that there are over 70 RAVC members and ex-members living in the Melton Mowbray area. If you are serving, have served in the RAVC you are automatic life members of the RAVC Association.

If you are attached to the RAVC or have served with the RAVC, you can become Associate members of the RAVC Association.

The RAVC Association Melton Branch meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Sergeants’ Mess DATR at 1930 hrs. Come along and join us for a chat and a drink. We would also like to see more members living locally to become involved in the Corps Association activities as we are in need of some new blood to keep the Association going in the future.

If you have a query, please contact us. We will be very happy to listen to any suggestions.

The contact for the Melton Mowbray branch is Mr Roger Whittle. Learn more...

RAVC Association march past
Royal Army Veterinary Corps Reservists now recruiting!

If you are aged between 17 years 9 months and 49 years 11 months you can apply to join the RAVC Reserves. If you have had previous service in the Army you can rejoin before your 52nd birthday, ex regular Officers can apply before their 56 birthday.

If you are interested in a challenge and would like to see some adventure, travel overseas and you can commit to at least 27 days training per year for the RAVC Reserve, in the East Midlands area. You may wish to consider Regular service if you can commit to a full time career.

Both Regular and Reserve service can provide you with recognised qualifications, sporting opportunities and lifelong skills which will benefit you both in a military or civilian career.

Regular and Reserve service offers good rates of pay. There are great incentives for those wishing to rejoin the Army and a tax free bounty for Reserves who complete the specified annual training requirements.

The RAVC Reserves needs to recruit dog handlers, veterinary officers and veterinary nurses now. Log on to www.army.mod.uk to find out much more about a challenging career in the Army and the RAVC.

Chiron Calling
Chiron Calling

Chiron Calling is a twice yearly magazine published for serving and retired members of the RAVC. Please click on links below to view.

Spring 2021
Winter 2020
Spring 2020
Winter 2019
Spring 2019
Autumn 2018
Spring 2018
Autumn 2017
Spring 2017
Autumn 2016
Spring 2016