A record number of vets have been welcomed to the RCVS as fellows, following a relaunch of the initiative earlier this year.

An inaugural fellowship day at The Royal Institution in London will celebrate their achievement. IMAGE: Mike Peel, CC BY-SA 4.0.
An inaugural fellowship day at The Royal Institution in London will celebrate their achievement. IMAGE: Mike Peel, CC BY-SA 4.0.

In total, 44 members successfully applied for the college’s highest level of membership following the introduction of a new application system in April.

New routes

Three new entry routes are now available under the reviewed entry model, which allows for a greater proportion of the profession to join the ranks of its fellowship.

The 44 successful candidates were accepted under the following categories:

  • 19 for meritorious contributions to knowledge
  • 18 for meritorious contributions to clinical practice
  • 7 for meritorious contributions to the profession

Tremendously proud

RCVS senior vice-president Bradley Viner (pictured right) said: “I am tremendously proud so many members of the profession successfully put themselves forward as candidates.

RCVS president Bradley Viner.

“I think it is safe to say this is the greatest number of people who have ever joined the fellowship in a single year and it represents our hopes for its future – that of a learned society open to members of the profession from all walks of life and contributing to the profession in all sorts of ways.”

Fellowship day

The successful candidates have been invited to attend an inaugural fellowship day at The Royal Institution in London on 19 October to celebrate their achievement and hear more about the fellowship and their role in it.

Consultant medical oncologist and professor of cancer medicine, Martin Gore, will give a keynote speech at the event entitled “Research at the coalface: the pros and cons, the ups and the downs”.

Nick Bacon, chairman of the fellowship board responsible for reviewing the applications, will also speak at the event.

For further information, visit www.rcvs.org.uk/fellowship

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