The winner of the highest honour in the veterinary profession has been presented with his award and praised for his dedication over many years.
Outgoing RCVS president Stuart Reid said Lord Soulsby had worked tirelessly to promote the importance of veterinary science to society.
“He has had a truly exceptional career, one which, in several respects, is unique in its achievements – not least in bridging the worlds of medical and veterinary science,” Prof Reid said.
“He is admired not only for his intellect, hard work and breadth of interests, but also his endearing personality.”
Prof Reid said Lord Soulsby’s publications, research, international awards, fellowships, visiting professorships and prizes all testified to his global impact and reputation.
“But perhaps his greatest gift has been the stimulation and support he has given to hundreds of veterinary surgeons to aim for their highest goals,” Prof Reid added.
In accepting the award Lord Soulsby thanked Lord Sandy Trees for nominating him and paid tribute to his late wife Annette and all those colleagues and fellow veterinary surgeons who supported him through his career.
He said: “Looking back on my career, membership of the RCVS has carried me to many countries in the world and all the work I have enjoyed, and I hope that I have been able to progress veterinary medicine and ‘one health’ in all of those places.”
At RCVS Day, RVN Dot Creighton received this year’s VN Golden Jubilee Award, given in recognition of an exceptional contribution to the veterinary nursing profession.
Mrs Creighton, a former member of VN council and president of the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) for 2003-2004, received the award for pioneering awareness-raising for the profession by creating the concept of VN Awareness Day during her presidential year.
This has now become VN Awareness Month, taking place every May, which many thousands of veterinary nurses take part in to help raise awareness of what the profession does and how vital they are to clinical practice and animal welfare.