The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Trust is looking for a newtrustee with a particular interest in veterinary education andprofessional development, and research.

The RCVS Trust is an independent small charity that provides two key services to the veterinary profession to further education and animal welfare: an educational grants programme and a Library and Information Service. It is seeking a trustee who is a veterinary surgeon and can bring new contacts and ideas relevant to the work of the Trust.

The trust is also seeking further ‘lay’ trustees with experience of library services, fundraising and grant-making.

The current board members have a wide range of experience from academia, government, animal health and small and large animal practice, and veterinary nursing. However, there is room for some new trustees to join and bring the Board up to full strength.

Stephen Ware, Chairman of the board of trustees, says: “The Trust has an important role in supporting practising vets, veterinary nurses, researchers, students and academics through its grants programmes and library and information resources.

“We are looking for a veterinary surgeon who is actively involved in the wider profession through networks and specialist interest groups, and who is willing to promote the work of the trust, for example, at veterinary congresses. Given the nature of the trust’s work, the new trustee should also have experience of postgraduate education or research.

“We need someone who has the energy and experience to get things done – and who can work with other trustees in a collegiate style.”

Trustees serve an initial three-year term, spending around six days a year at meetings in London and conferences. Reasonable expenses are reimbursed. Experience of charity governance and finance is not necessary as training and support will be given.

Those interested in the role can contact Cherry Bushell, director of the RCVS Trust, for an informal discussion and an application form. The closing date for applications is 30 April.

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