The RCVS will be asking visitors to think about the future of the veterinary profession during BSAVA congress next month (April).

Royal college staff will be out in force on stand 108 at the Birmingham-based congress to answer queries on everything from the new royal charter and its effect on veterinary nursing to advanced practitioner (AP) status.

The main theme of the stand will be around Vet Futures, the joint project with the BVA, which aims to help the profession consider and prepare for its future.

Vet Futures will also be the topic of “What will your future hold?”, a joint talk and debate with RCVS president Stuart Reid and BVA president John Blackwell, which takes place on Saturday April 11 in Hall 7 of the ICC, between 11.05am and 12.45pm.  

Another major theme is the Mind Matters Initiative, which aims to encourage greater openness about and reduce the stigma surrounding mental ill-health. As part of this initiative, visitors can pick up a Mind Matters pen, with full out banner containing information about sources of help on mental health and well-being.  

The relaunch of the practice standards scheme (PSS) will also be discussed by Jacqui Molyneux, chairman of the practice standards group, which coordinates the schem.

Mrs Molyneux will be giving a talk entitled “PSS: a pathway to improvement” in Hall 6 of the ICC between 4.50pm and 5.35pm. Free PSS surgeries will be taking place on Friday April 10 and Saturday April 11 where those who are members of the scheme or are interested in joining, can get first-hand advice.

If you would like to book a surgery, contact Fiona Harcourt, RCVS events officer, on or 020 7202 0773.

BSAVA congress takes place at the Barclaycard Arena (formerly the NIA) between Thursday April 9 and Sunday April 12. For more information, visit

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