College seeks nominations for fellowships, which are for RCVS-registered vets, and associateships, which can extend to nurses, lecturers, farriers, charity workers and farmers.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is seeking nominations for its 2014 honours and awards round, and is eager to hear about any individuals, of whatever age or experience, who have made an outstanding contribution to veterinary medicine.
Thoroughbred breeder Eva Rausing (left) receives her associateship from then RCVS president Jacqui Molyneux at this year's RCVS Day in July.The annual honours scheme comprises two distinct awards:

  • honorary fellowships for RCVS-registered veterinary surgeons, and
  • honorary associateships for non-veterinary surgeons

The college is keen for the fellowship nominations net to be cast “as widely as possible” to offer recognition of veterinary achievements not only in more traditional fields such as academia and clinical practice, but also in science, education, industry and politics.
In addition, honorary fellowship nominees no longer need to have been an RCVS member for 30 years, meaning younger veterinary surgeons who have gone above and beyond the call of duty will also be eligible for consideration, said the college.
Honorary associateships, on the other hand, are intended to celebrate the achievements of those who have contributed to the health and welfare of animals by working in fields related to the veterinary profession, and could be from a similarly wide range of backgrounds, such as veterinary nurses, scientists, lecturers, farriers, charity workers, farmers, conservationists or those in industry and commerce.
RCVS chief executive Nick Stace said: “The veterinary profession has a lot of talented people who deserve to be recognised for the contribution they have made, whether in science and academia, or in politics and clinical practice. Everyone knows someone who is worthy of this kind of recognition and I urge you to take the next step and nominate them for an award.”
Both sets of awards are presented each year at RCVS Day – the college’s annual meeting and award ceremony in London. There are no restrictions on who can nominate and the deadline is September 13 (2013). Full details on how to make a nomination are available on the RCVS website.

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