Leadership, innovation and culture change are the central themes in the RCVS’ three-year strategic plan.

The 2017-2019 plan was developed via input from a number of stakeholders, including RCVS council and VN council, various committees and college staff.

Evidence for change also came from consultations that took place in Vet Futures, the joint RCVS and BVA project that aims to help the veterinary profession prepare for and shape its future.

Strategic planKey ambitions

This process led to the development of five key ambitions:

  • Learning culture – to establish the extent a “blame” culture exists in the veterinary professions, the role the RCVS may play in it, the impact it may have on the welfare of vets, VNs, owners and their animals, and moving towards a culture with a greater focus on learning and personal development.
  • Leadership and innovation – to become a college with leadership and innovation at its heart, and support this creatively and with determination.
  • Continuing to be a first-rate regulator – building on the foundations already laid, RCVS will work to ensure the legislation and regulations are not only fit for purpose today, but enable the college to make the UK veterinary professions, and those allied professionals who work alongside them, the best they can be in the future.
  • Global reach – in part a response to Brexit and the need to be more externally-facing, but with an emphasis to improve animal health and welfare on an international basis by raising veterinary standards overseas, contributing to the one health agenda and ensuring regulation keeps pace.
  • Service agenda – to continue to build on the service agenda to ensure people not only find interactions to be efficient and fair, but seek out and take up opportunities to engage further.

Getting the basics right

RCVS chief executive Nick Stace said: “Within the new plan there are challenging ambitions and stretching objectives that address some of the big issues affecting the veterinary team, whether that’s playing a more global role post-Brexit, the importance of embracing new technology, or the pressing need to consider culture change in the profession to ensure it continues to grow and learn.

“I am very happy to receive comments and feedback on the plan by email at nick@rcvs.org.uk

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