The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has paid tribute to its director of education Freda Andrews, who is retiring after nearly 16 years at the college.

RCVS president Stuart Reid presents Fiona Andrews with a bouquet, watched by RCVS chief executive Nick Stace.

Mrs Andrews joined as head of education in September 1999 and became director in 2013, with strategic responsibility for both veterinary and veterinary nursing education. She retires on Thursday (April 2, 2015).

Chief executive Nick Stace praised her professionalism and said the organisation would miss her attention to detail and her “encyclopaedic” knowledge of all things related to veterinary education.

“But she leaves behind a team that is stronger than ever and a considerable legacy for the profession as a whole,” he said.

“Under her watch the education department has seen a significant number of achievements. This includes the introduction of the professional development phase, which has helped veterinary graduates develop their confidence and competence during the first few years of practice and the accreditation of the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science – the first new UK vet school in 50 years.”

Mrs Andrews’ responsibilities will now be split between head of education Christine Warman and head of veterinary nursing Julie Dugmore.

Mrs Andrews said she had really enjoyed working with such a fascinating profession. “Through working very closely with our colleagues in the vet schools, as well as with practising vets, veterinary education has made some significant advances,” she said.

“For example, there is more focus now on communication and professional skills and greater alignment of accreditation standards internationally, to name but two things.

“I am sad to leave, but I know the future of veterinary and veterinary nursing education has been left in the very safe hands of Christine and Julie and their respective teams.”

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