Six new members were welcomed by the president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) at a special ceremony at Belgravia House last week.

The registrants qualified from universities outside the UK that are not recognised by the RCVS and so had to pass the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership.

To pass the exam, candidates must meet RCVS English language competence requirements, take written exams and then take clinical, oral, and practical exams that were held at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge.

Of the 28 statutory membership exam candidates in 2014, seven passed – six of whom attended the registration ceremony on August 5.

College president Stuart Reid praised their hard work, saying: “I know from your trials and tribulations that you have worked very hard to get to this point.

“You have come to this point through a variety of routes and I genuinely can’t say I’ve encountered a more diverse group of individuals. You have succeeded where others have not, there are very few who have made it, so many congratulations.”

During the ceremony, the new members made their professional declarations outlining their responsibilities to the public, their clients, the profession and the RCVS. After this, Prof Reid formally admitted them as members of the college.

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