RCVS & DC News

    New RCVS guidelines for working with animal physios

    The RCVS Standards Committee has approved new guidance on delegating veterinary work to musculoskeletal therapists such as animal physiotherapists. Musculoskeletal therapists currently have their work underpinned by an Exemption Order to the Veterinary...

    RCVS to host 'design thinking' webinar

    The RCVS ViVet Programme is hosting a webinar to introduce veterinary professionals to the concept of ‘design thinking’ and how it can be used in the context of veterinary practice, at 12:30pm on Wednesday 2nd December. The College says that design...

    RCVS to hold training sessions for its CPD platform

    The RCVS will be holding two online workshops to give an overview of its 1CPD platform and how to use it most effectively. 1CPD was launched in 2020 with the aim of providing an easy-to-use platform for veterinary surgeons to use to plan, record and...

    New survey to investigate the impact of coronavirus on new grad employment

    The RCVS and the Veterinary Schools Council (VSC) have launched a joint survey of new grads from UK vet schools to determine if and how the coronavirus pandemic has affected them. The survey has been sent to 984 veterinary surgeons who graduated from...
  • London vet nurse struck off for dishonesty over veterinary drugs

    The RCVS Veterinary Nurse Disciplinary Committee has directed that London-based veterinary nurse Paul Chaney is removed from the Register after he was found guilty of a stealing, possessing and unlawfully administering various veterinary drugs, and that...

    Professor David Argyle steps aside as RCVS JVP

    RCVS Junior Vice-President Professor David Argyle has announced that he will step aside from his Council duties until such time as the College is able to conclude an investigation into allegations of bullying at his workplace. The College has confirmed...

    RCVS updates coronavirus guidance for November lockdown

    Following the Prime Minister’s decision to reintroduce national restrictions across England from 5 November until 2 December 2020, the RCVS has updated its guidance which explains the type of work that can be carried out by veterinary practices under...
  • RCVS stands by its Junior Vice-President

    The RCVS has issued a statement supporting its Junior Vice-President, Professor David Argyle, after he faced accusations of bullying at the University of Edinburgh. Allegations were reported both in The Times , and the Veterinary Record . In its...
  • RCVS President to star in ITV celebration of Black History Month on Thursday

    RCVS President Dr Mandisa Greene will be appearing in a special edition of ITV’s current affairs series ‘Tonight’ celebrating Black History Month this Thursday at 7:30pm. The programme, which will look at the achievements and contributions of people...

    RCVS updates coronavirus guidance

    In light of the currently worsening situation across the UK, the Welsh Government’s decision to impose a further lockdown, and the potential for tighter lockdown restrictions elsewhere in the country, the RCVS has produced two flow charts and two sets...
  • Vet who caused death by careless driving is fit to practise

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has found Powys-based Stephen Kiernan Lomax MRCVS not unfit to practise after he was convicted of causing death by careless driving. Mr Lomax was found guilty of causing death by careless driving at Shrewsbury Crown...

    County Down vet removes himself from the Register after dishonest conduct charge

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has accepted an undertaking from Stephen Cargill Wilson (68), a retired County Down-based vet, to remove himself from the Register. Mr Wilson faced two charges. The first was that in October 2017, he provided inaccurate...

    RCVS Council places further restrictions on remote prescribing

    RCVS Council has voted to make it a requirement that remote prescribing (without physically examining the animal) can now only be carried out by veterinary surgeons who can 'provide a 24/7 follow-up service involving physical examination, plus or minus...

    RCVS tightens rules on remote prescribing

    The RCVS has tightened up the guidance on remote prescribing, such that veterinary surgeons may now only remote prescribe for animals that are not already under their care if it is impossible to physically examine the animal. RCVS Council had introduced...

    The BVA calls on the RCVS to end temporary measures for remote prescribing

    The BVA has called on the RCVS to end temporary guidance that allows veterinary surgeons to prescribe POM-V products remotely without first having physically examined the animal. In mid-September, the Association wrote to the RCVS expressing concern...
  • RCVS investigation fails to identify mole on Council

    The RCVS has confirmed that it commissioned an independent investigation earlier this year which has failed to discover who leaked information contained in confidential Council papers. The College first became aware that confidential information had...

    RCVS allows vets to continue prescribing remotely

    The RCVS has decided to extend its temporary guidance that allows veterinary surgeons to prescribe prescription-only veterinary medicines remotely, without first having physically examined the animal, until the end of September. The guidance has been...

    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...