Royal College president Neil Smith launches the RCVS Queen’s Medal at the House of Lords. The award has been described as: “the most prestigious honour the RCVS can bestow upon a veterinary surgeon.”
The RCVS has launched a new honour to celebrate the UK’s most distinguished vets.
College president Neil Smith launched the RCVS Queen’s Medal at the House of Lords on November 12, 2013.
He said: “It is a great privilege to launch this historic and inspiring new honour during my presidency. The Queen’s Medal will be the most prestigious honour the RCVS can bestow upon a veterinary surgeon and will be reserved for those whose distinguished careers and outstanding lifetime achievements deserve wider recognition.”
The new medal was instigated following a review of the RCVS honours system, which identified a need for a new veterinary award, and the RCVS wrote to the Cabinet Office last year, together with letters of support from peers and MPs, many of whom attended the reception, to request permission to name this new honour after the Queen.
Col Smith added: “We are honoured that Her Majesty has supported the proposal and allowed the college to name the award after her, and express our sincere thanks to those parliamentarians who supported our endeavour.”
The first RCVS Queen’s Medal will be presented at RCVS Day in July 2014.