The Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) has called for members to get involved in an RCVS consultation to update the Royal Charter.

As part of its Strategic Plan for 2014 to 2106, the RCVS launched the consultation on proposals for the first new charter since 1967.

The Royal Charter gives the RCVS powers to employ staff, spend money, create Fellows and honorary associates and award diplomas and certificates. It also creates the basis for other activities that support the regulatory activities of the RCVS.

However, there are deficiencies the RCVS is now seeking to address, such as better explaining the purpose of the RCVS with a clear statement of objects, strengthening the regulatory framework for nurses and giving nurses the formal status of associates of the college.

The new Charter would also provide the ability to create new classes of associate in the future (such as student veterinary surgeons or student nurses).

Members are encouraged to respond directly to the RCVS. In addition, SPVS will be submitting a response on behalf of its members and would like to hear views – to do this, email

With an RCVS deadline of February 7, SPVS is calling for responses by Friday, January 31.

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