RVC Centre and College


RVC traces its history to as far back as 1779 but the recorded history of the Centre is available from 1920 only. Army Veterinary School functioned at Poona till 1929 before it moved to Ambala. The Centre as a trg est was re-organised at Ambala on 01 Dec 1942, later moved to Sabathu in May 1947 and finally to Gillespie Line at Meerut on 17 Apr 1948, the present location in British Infantry Lines. On amalgamation of Mil Farms with the Corps and the merger of Army Equitation School from Saugar, Army Veterinary School from Ambala and Mil Farm School from Meerut, the designation of the Centre was changed to RVFC Centre and School. On bifurcation and separation of Mil Farms in 1960, the Centre was re-designated as RVC Centre and School. The Dog Trg Faculty came into existence as an integral part of the Centre on 01 Mar 1960.

On 01 Jan 2005 RVC Centre and School was re-designated as RVC Centre and College .

The RVC Centre and College is the alma mater of all RVC pers where they join, get trained and retire from service. The Centre imparts basic mil and tech trg to young veterinary graduates on commissioning and various tech trades of the Corps like Dressers, Riders, Army Dog Trainers, Kennelmen, Laboratory Attendants, Farriers, Clerks and other categories to make them proficient in the noble profession of service to mute animals which are force multipliers.


The role of RVC Centre and College is to train RVC Offrs, men and Army dogs of the Corps/Other Arms and Services including students from friendly foreign countries. The faculty wise role is as under:-

Veterinary Trg Faculty (VTF)

This faculty is responsible to conduct various professional courses for RVC Offrs/PBOR to keep them abreast with latest knowledge in the different fields of vet science. It conducts a postgraduate National Diploma Course in Equine Husbandry, Medicine and Surgery in collaboration with Indian Veterinary Research Institute. Canine Medicine and Surgery course has been introduced in view of increased dply of Army Dog Units in CI Ops. VOJC course has been introduced for RVC Offrs, as a mandatory course for promotion to the rank of Lt Col. It imparts Vet trg to RVC Young Offrs (RVYOs). It conducts refresher courses for NCC offrs of R&V Regt and Sqns. The vet first aid trg is imparted to JCOs/OR of other arms and services incl PMFs and friendly foreign countries. The wing imparts tech trg to para vet staff of mil farms. The Farriery trg tp of the wing imparts farriery trg and conducts upgradation cadre courses for farriers. It is also responsible for trg of PMF pers and shoeing of all horses held on the str of Centre and College.

Dog Trg Faculty (DTF)

To impart obedience and advanced trg to pers and dogs in specialist tasks like Inf patrolling, guarding, tracking, avalanche rescue operation, explosive and mine detection. The scope of trg has recently been expanded to search and rescue ops, crude oil leakage detection and detection of IEDs.The faculty is also responsible to org demos in trg exercises organised at IMA, sanitization of places during visit of VVIPs/dignitaries on call, issue of trained dogs to various ADUs, NSG, SFF & Friendly Foreign Countries and conduct of courses for Offrs and PBOR of other Arms,IAF, PMFs and friendly foreign countries covering various managemental and trg aspects of Dog trg in addition to various upgradation courses. Breeding and procurement of pups to meet requirements for Army, Air Force, NSG and SFF. Holding of GS and maintenance reserves of Army dogs and issue of trained dogs to make up deficiencies with Army Dog Units.

Equitation and Animal Management Faculty

This faculty imparts basic and advanced training in equitation and horse mastership to all ranks of the Corps and to Officers, JCOs and OR of other Arms and Services, Para Military Forces and friendly foreign countries. This is the only institution of its kind in the Indian Army, which imparts advance equitation training to horses and riders and thus contributes significantly to Equestrian Sports. This Wing has also been declared as nodal centre for improving equestrian facilities in India, comparable to “SAMUR” in France.

Centre/ Trg Regiment

The Centre imparts BMT to all rks of the Corps incl post commission trg to RVYOs. It conducts various upgradation and promotion cadre courses for PBORs. It performs the functions of Depot for all RVC pers. All rks (less Offrs) retire from the Centre after finalization of their docus and issue of disch cert. Pension and gratuity etc are paid out on retirement before they finally bid farewell to the Corps and Service. An exhaustive pamphlet on post retirement benefits, avenues for rehabilitation and re-employment for JCOs and OR is issued to all retiring pers of the Corps. The Centre is also responsible for recruitment against UHQ quota.


Subsequent to Atlanta Olympics 2000, the then COAS, had conceptualised and mooted Mission Olympic 2004. Ten sports disciplines were identified and equestrian was one amongst them. RVC Centre and College was nominated as Nodal centre for Three Day Eventing, ASC Centre and College for show jumping and Army Equestrian Centre C/O 61 CAV Delhi Cantt as subsidiary feeder node.

To start with, a proposal was mooted for 12 riders, 24 horses for trg abroad for two years and infrastructure dev at Meerut, Delhi and Bangalore with an estimated expenditure of Rs Nine crores. Same was not agreed to and army was asked to scale down the budget and infrastructure devp to be restricted to one node only i.e Meerut.


  • Formal orders have been received to raise one Boys Sports Company at this est.

  • Induction rally for selection of boys was conducted on 04-06 Jan 2005.

  • 1860 boys appeared for selection.13 boys selected provisionally.

  • Date of commencement of BSC is 01 Apr 2005.

  • Education of selected boys will be under Army arrangement.

  • Sports Kit Grant, Education Grant, Annual Grant, Med Expense Grant etc awaited from Sports Authority of India (SAI).


Veterinary Training Faculty (VTF)

    • National Diploma Course in Equine Husbandry, Medicine and Surgery for RV Officers.

    • Canine Medicine and Surgery Course for Officers.

    • Vet Officers Junior Command Course.

    • Butchery Hygiene and Sanitation Courses for Officers, JCOs & OR.

    • All Army Vet First Aid and Animal Hygiene Course for JCOs &OR.

    • Vet First Aid course in Bovines for MF pers.

    • Basic Tech Trg of YOs on commission.

    • Basic course in Artificial Insemination Techniques for MF pers.

    • Breeding Overseer and Line Overseer Course for RVC JCOs (Dsrs/Rdrs).

    • Technical training of Young Officers on commission.

    • Tech classification upgrading course for Farriers, Dressers & Lab Attendants.

    • Refresher course for NCC officer posted to R&V Regt/Squadrons.

Dog Trg Faculty (DTF)

    • Army Dog Training Courses for Officers of RVC, Para Mil Forces and friendly foreign country students.

    • Basic Army Dog Trainers Course.

    • Basic Army Dog Trainers Course for personnel of Air Force and Para Mil Forces and friendly foreign country students.

    • Classification upgrading courses for Army Dog Trainers.

Equitation and Animal Management Faculty (E&AMF)

  • Basic Equestrian Training of RVYOs.

  • Basic Riders Course.

  • All Arms Equitation and Animal Management Course (ABRO,AEO/AEJN, ADEO/ADEJN) for Offrs/JCOs/OR of all Arms, Para Military Forces.

  • Classification upgrading course for Riders.

  • Holding Training Camps for Army Equestrian Teams.

  • NCC Cadets attachment for training.

  • Pre Commission and Refresher Course for NCC Officers.

TRG Regiment

  • Basic Military Training Squadron.

  • Post-commission training of RVYOs.

  • Pre-commission course for NCC Officers for 4 weeks.

  • Refresher course for NCC officers for 4 weeks.

  • Running of all promotion cadre courses for all trades of RVC.

Technical Training Squadron

    • Technical Training of Clerks, Riders, Dressers and ADTs.

    • Conduct of Breeding Overseer and Line Overseer courses.

    • Conduct of remustering courses as and when required.

    • Conduct of NCO Clerk courses.