Applicants are sought for an appointment group which will select members of the new RCVS fellowship governing body.

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The RCVS’ new-style fellowship will move away from being an examination-based award to become a formal learned society.

In June, RCVS Council approved plans for a new-style fellowship. It will move away from being an examination-based award to become a formal learned society, with entry routes for veterinary surgeons who can demonstrate meritorious contributions to clinical practice, to the profession or to learning.

The fellowship by thesis route was discontinued on 1 August, with applications received before that date being processed. RCVS is now putting together an appointment group to choose the members of the new fellowship’s governing body and a credentials panel, which will review applications. It particularly wants to appoint a veterinary surgeon in the earlier stages of their career.

Full details of the role, including the person specification, how to apply and information on expenses and remuneration, can be found at

The appointment group will be chaired by former RCVS president Lord Trees, with other members including RCVS president Bradley Viner and BVA president Sean Wensley, as well as a lay observer. Its first meeting is likely to take place before the end of the year.

The group will be dissolved once the fellowship board and credentials panel are established. For an informal chat about the role before applying, contact Simon Wallace, RCVS education and scientific officer, on 020 7202 0702 or email

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