RCVS & DC News

    First black woman invested as RCVS President at first virtual AGM

    Mandisa Green has become the first black woman to be invested as the RCVS President at the first Annual General Meeting to be held online. In her opening address, Mandisa said: "When the College was founded in 1844, it would have been unthinkable that...

    Disciplinary Committee says no for the eighth time

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has refused Warwick Seymour-Hamilton's eighth application to be restored to the Register since he was struck off 26 years ago. Mr Seymour-Hamilton was originally removed from the Register following an inspection of his...

    Survey finds marked improvement in veterinary business in June

    The RCVS has published the results of its third survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on veterinary businesses, finding a marked improvement in the veterinary business climate since last month. The survey was held in mid-June and gathered 196...

    Portsmouth vet refused restoration to the Register

    Former Portsmouth-based vet, Simon Wood, who was struck off in 2018 after a conviction for possessing indecent images of children, has had his application for restoration to the Register refused by the RCVS Disciplinary Committee. Mr Wood pleaded guilty...

    RCVS Council agrees to consultation on wide-scale legislative changes

    The RCVS Council has voted to hold a consultation on a set of recommendations that would see wide-scale changes to the legislative framework governing the regulation of the veterinary professions. The recommendations were proposed by the Legislation...
  • RCVS Council votes to consult on changes to disciplinary system

    The RCVS Council has decided, by majority vote, to consult with the professions on possible changes to the disciplinary system. At the meeting, which took place last Thursday, Council members were asked to decide how to proceed with three specific...

    RCVS updates coronavirus guidance

    The RCVS has published updates to its coronavirus guidance for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, to reflect the developing situation and the latest guidance from the UK and devolved nation governments. On 9 April, the College published a flowchart...

    RCVS announces changes to review of 'under care', remote prescribing and OOH cover.

    As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the RCVS has announced various changes to the timetable for its review of ‘under care’, remote prescribing and 24/7 out-of-hours emergency cover. As part of its review, the College had planned a series of focus...

    Coronavirus: vet practice turnover improving and fewer staff now in self-isolation

    The RCVS has published the report on its second survey on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on veterinary businesses, finding a small improvement on the situation last month. The survey was held between the 1st and 5th May and was sent to the...

    RCVS announces results of 2020 Council Elections

    The RCVS has announced the results of the RCVS Council elections, which saw a record number and proportion of the profession turning out to vote this year. 8,834 of the 33,857 eligible voters cast their votes, a turnout rate of 26.2%. This compares...
  • New test for coronavirus in cats and dogs

    Idexx Laboratories has produced a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) RealPCR test for pets. The company says it has made the test available in response to customer demand and growing evidence that in rare cases pets living with COVID-19-positive humans can be at...

    Veterinary practices stay open during pandemic, but turnover halves

    The RCVS has published the results of a survey of UK practices to gauge the impact of the coronavirus and the associated government restrictions on veterinary businesses. 532 veterinary practices responded to the survey, which was sent to 3,096 veterinary...
  • RCVS/BVA Coronavirus guidelines expose flaws in structure of the veterinary profession

    A joint statement issued by the RCVS and the BVA with updated guidance for the professions about working during the coronavirus pandemic has led to an outcry on social media and highlighted flaws in the structure of the veterinary profession. Earlier...

    RCVS allows vets to spread the cost of renewal fees

    The RCVS has announced that veterinary surgeons will be able to spread the cost of their annual renewal fees over the course of the calendar year to mitigate against the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The measures agreed by RCVS...

    Vets' CPD requirement reduced by 25% for 2020

    The RCVS has reduced the annual requirement of hours of CPD that veterinary surgeons are expected to undertake in 2020 by 25% due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The annual minimum requirement for vets will be reduced from 35 to 26 hours of CPD...

    Clarification about what vets are allowed to do during coronavirus lockdown

    The BVA and the RCVS have issued a statement which clarifies what work veterinary surgeons and practices are allowed to do under the coronavirus lockdown. On 23rd March, the Government demanded that the majority of public-facing businesses close their...

    Voting opens in the 2020 RCVS Elections

    Voting in the 2020 RCVS Council Election is now open. There are eight veterinary surgeons standing in this year’s RCVS Council election, including three existing Council members eligible for re-election and five candidates not currently on Council...

    RCVS and BVA guidance on 'key worker' status for vets

    The RCVS and the BVA have issued a joint statement to help the veterinary profession interpret the guidance released by Government on 19 March about who qualifies as ‘key workers’ in relation to the closure of schools. The relevant section of the Government...

    RCVS goes home

    The RCVS has announced that all its staff are now working from home and that Belgravia House has now closed indefinitely. The College says it will, however, continue to operate as close to normality as possible, with the main support services for veterinary...

    Practice Standards Scheme suspends assessments

    The RCVS has suspended all Practice Standards Scheme assessments until 1st May 2020. Pam Mosedale, Lead Practice Standards Scheme Assessor, said: “We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but based on the UK Government’s advice and our...

    RCVS Council temporarily suspends EMS requirements for veterinary students

    The RCVS Council has agreed to temporarily suspend its requirements for UK veterinary students and veterinary degree programmes around extra-mural studies (EMS). Normally, students would be required to complete a minimum of 38 weeks of EMS throughout...

    RCVS sets out revised timeline for 'under care' review

    The RCVS has set out a new methodology and timeline for its review of its guidance to the profession on ‘under care’ and 24/7 out-of-hours emergency cover. The review, which had been due to start in late 2019, will now start in April 2020. Melissa...

    Kit Sturgess elected new RCVS Junior Vice-President

    RCVS Council has elected Dr Christopher (Kit) Sturgess to be Junior Vice-President of the College for 2020-21. Kit, who has served on Council as an elected member since 2013, is currently the Chair of the RCVS Finances & Resources Committee and has...

    BVA wants vets' thoughts on 'under care'

    The BVA has formed an 'Under Our Care' working group which is now calling on all veterinary surgeons to give their input as the Association develops its response to the controversial RCVS review of the definition of 'under care', in particular how it...

    Vets' CPD compliance improves 'significantly'

    The RCVS has reported the results of its recent audit of CPD undertaken by veterinary surgeons and nurses, finding significantly improved compliance with its CPD requirements. Last year a cohort of 1,010 veterinary surgeons responded to the CPD audit...