Royal Veterinary College Principal

Royal Veterinary College, the

Royal Veterinary College Principal

Professor Stuart Reid, Principal at the Royal Veterinary College, was formally installed as the President of the RCVS in a ceremony on the 11th July held at One Great George Street, Westminster.

Stuart has been an appointed member of RCVS Council since 2005 and has served on a variety of committees, including Chair of both the Education Policy and Specialisation Committee and the Veterinary Legislation Working Party. He has also served on six different veterinary degree accreditation visitation teams on behalf of the RCVS, both in the UK and overseas.

Professor Stuart Reid
Professor Stuart Reid at the RCVS ceremony (photo credit: Ian Holloway/RCVS)

In taking the role of President, Stuart has outlined three areas of consideration that he would like to pursue during his term in office for 2014-2015. These are:

  • To continue to push forward with improvements to governance in light of the success of the Legislative Reform Order last year and its changes to the composition of the Preliminary Investigation and Disciplinary Committees.
  • To further the amount of work the RCVS does on a global stage, including the possibility of helping to set standards of veterinary education outside the United Kingdom.
  • To look at the possibility of veterinary graduates being able to use the courtesy title ‘Doctor’ based on their registerable degree, as is the case in other countries.

Speaking at the event Stuart also praised outgoing President Colonel Neil Smith, who will now take on the role of Vice-President, thanking him for all his hard work over the past year.

Professor Reid added: “It is a huge honour to be elected president of the body responsible for setting, upholding and advancing standards for the veterinary profession. Whilst the roles of Principal of RVC and President of RCVS are utterly distinct, I hope that, through my background of having grown up and starting out in veterinary practice, together with my academic career,  I will be able to bring the different aspects the profession to a common focus – of ensuring the UK has the very best veterinary profession in the world.

“I join a strong tradition of RVC principals who have also been president – I believe a total of 9, with 4 of them holding the positions contemporaneously. Like my predecessors, I am immensely grateful to RVC Chairman, Lord Curry, for his encouragement and to my senior colleagues for their support through what will be a very busy year.”

Notes for editors

  • The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the England’s largest and longest established veterinary school and is a constituent College of the University of London.
  • The RVC offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes in veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing and is ranked in the top 10 universities nationally for biosciences.
  • The College is the only veterinary school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC.
  • A research-led institution, the RVC ranked as the top veterinary school in the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science unit of the most recent Research Assessment Exercise with 55% of academics producing ‘world class’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research.
  • The College also provides support for the veterinary profession through its referral hospitals including the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Europe’s largest small animal hospital, which sees more than 8,000 patients each year

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