The RCVS is looking for experienced veterinary surgeons to take its redevelopment of the RCVS fellowship to the next stage.

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The royal college is in the process of redeveloping the RCVS fellowship.

In June 2015, following a public consultation, the RCVS council approved a number of changes to the existing fellowship to move it away from being an examination-based award and becoming a formal learned society open to members of the profession who can demonstrate meritorious contributions to clinical practice, the profession or knowledge.

New governance structure

As part of the redevelopment of the fellowship, the college has created a new governance structure. This includes a governing fellowship board and a credentials panel, which will assess applications.

The RCVS is now looking to recruit a chairman and vice-chairman to the board, who will be responsible for leading the development of the fellowship.

Applicants should be experienced veterinary surgeons who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession and wish to help improve the college’s capability to make more of the collective knowledge and experience of its members, the institution said.

Assessing applicants

The college is also looking to recruit three chairmen to the credentials panel, who will be responsible for coordinating panel members in the assessment of applications and serve on the fellowship board.

Panel members are responsible for critically reviewing fellowship applications and reporting to one of the three panel chairmen, who will each be responsible for the three entry routes:

  • meritorious contribution to clinical practice
  • meritorious contribution to the profession
  • meritorious contribution to knowledge

The deadline for applications is 7 March. Appointments will initially be made for a three-year period.

The full job specification for all these roles and details on how to apply can be found on the RCVS website.

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