The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has agreed to overturn plans to remove postnominals from the register following a backlash from the profession.

The original decision to remove postnominals in favour of either advanced practitioner or recognised specialist status came in June 2012, in an effort to clarify postgraduate skills and knowledge.

A decision was reached at an RCVS council meeting on June 5 after a petition against the removal was launched in April.

The Royal College overturned its original decision and has agreed to review which qualifications should be listed on the register.

A paper will come to a future meeting of council with proposals about which qualifications will be included. Plans will also be developed to ensure greater clarity around postgraduate qualifications and status for both the public and the profession.  

RCVS CEO Nick Stace said: “Although the requirements for clarity remain, council listened to the unhappiness amongst members of the profession and has agreed to put the brakes on the original decision.  

“I think this was the right choice. It is important that we recognise the tremendous efforts that the profession goes to in order to further their skills and knowledge.”

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