Celebration and change at RCVS Day 2013

RCVS Day – our Annual General Meeting and Awards Day – saw the investiture of the new President, Col Neil Smith, on 5 July 2013, at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

In taking on the role of President, Neil (pictured) commented on the new strategic plan that is under development saying: “I look forward to playing my part in taking the College into the next phase of its evolution and I am encouraged by the appetite for change shown by my fellow Council members – and indeed the profession at large.” (Listen to Neil’s views on the year ahead here.)

President, Col Neil Smith

Recognising the achievements of colleagues across the veterinary profession, outgoing President Jacqui Molyneux conferred a range of awards, including an Honorary Associateship to Dr Kirsten Rausing, along with Honorary Fellowships to Dr Joy Archer, David Franklin and Colin Whitaker.

Veterinary Fellowships and Diplomas were awarded on a range of subjects, and a number of veterinary nurses received the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (DipAVN).

Executive Director of the RCVS Charitable Trust, Nick Royle, took the opportunity of RCVS Day to relaunch the charity as RCVS Knowledge, and outlined its new focus and direction (see more below).

The event was rounded off by guest speaker Dr Andy Stringer from the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA). In a moving and thought-provoking address, he explained the vital role that SPANA plays in the provision of training and education, and its engagement in research.

Read more about the events of RCVS Day and view some images from the day on our Flickr photostream.