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    RCVS and BVA call for vets to be put on the Shortage Occupation List

    The RCVS and the BVA have called on the government to add veterinary surgeons to the Shortage Occupation List as part of the UK’s preparations for leaving the European Union. The organisations made a joint submission to the Migration Advisory...
  • Herts vet escapes with reprimand after showing improved standard of care

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has reprimanded Hertfordshire-based Amir Kashiv MRCVS for the inadequate care of a dog with renal failure. Mr Kashiv first appeared before the Committee in December 2016 in relation to four charges against him regarding...

    Official Veterinarian struck off for falsely certifying slaughterhouse welfare

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has directed the Registrar to remove Laura Padron Vega, a former Official Veterinarian, from the Register for dishonestly backdating certificates in order to avoid new animal welfare regulations. Miss Padron Vega faced...

    For sale: RCVS' compact and bijou central London headquarters

    The RCVS has announced that it is putting its Westminster headquarters on the market and looking for new premises. RCVS Council agreed, in principle, to the sale of Belgravia House and for the College and its London-based staff to move to different...

    Vet suspended for assault

    Yorkshire-based Richard Sutcliffe MRCVS has been suspended for six months after being convicted of common assault, and for conducting surgery and administering POM-V medicine to a person. The first charge related to his conviction on two counts of...

    RCVS launches leadership training course for vets

    The RCVS has launched the Edward Jenner Veterinary Leadership Programme, a online leadership training course for all members of the practice team. The programme, which was developed in collaboration with the NHS Leadership Academy, is designed to teach...

    Non-vets to support animal product certification

    The RCVS Council has approved changes to the supporting guidance that underpins its Code of Professional Conduct to allow for non-veterinarians to support veterinary surgeons in the certification of products of animal origin for export. The plans developed...

    Ayrshire vet struck off for failings surrounding euthanasia

    Ayrshire-based John Hendrie Smith has been struck off by the RCVS Disciplinary Committee after it found allegations of a number of charges in relation to his euthanasia of a dog proven. In total Mr Hendrie Smith had faced eight charges against him...
  • The remote prescription debate that could redefine what it means to be a vet

    A motion to conduct a trial of remote prescribing without performing a physical examination (ie. via telemedicine), thereby redefining what it means for an animal to be "under the care" of a veterinary surgeon, was put before RCVS Council last...

    RCVS marks first anniversary of Veterinary Client Mediation Service

    The RCVS reports that its Veterinary Client Mediation Service (VCMS) has passed the one-year mark, dealing with over 2,000 disputes between veterinary practices and clients in that time. The VCMS, which is administered by Nockolds Solicitors, was formally...

    New case studies to help practices get informed consent

    The RCVS has published a series of case studies designed to help veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in gaining properly informed consent from clients for procedures and treatments. The case studies were developed by the RCVS Standards Committee...

    RCVS launches new format for Statutory Membership Examination

    The RCVS Education Committee and Primary Qualifications Subcommittee have announced that there will be a new format for the Statutory Membership Examination from 2019. The Statutory Membership Examination must be taken by all individuals educated outside...

    RCVS calls for nominations for 2019 honours and awards

    The RCVS is calling on everyone to nominate veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and laypeople who are working above-and-beyond for the benefit of animal health and welfare, the veterinary professions or public health, for one of its 2019 honours and...

    Greater pessimism over food production post-Brexit and vets not consulted

    In the week that the National Office of Animal Health has revealed significantly greater levels of pessimism in the animal medicines industry over the impact of Brexit on public health and food production, the BVA also reports that the Department for...

    Essex vet reprimanded after conviction for harassment and perverting the course of justice

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has issued a reprimand and warning to Essex-based Donald Stuart Bremner MRCVS, following a conviction of harassment and perverting the course of justice. Dr Bremner was convicted in 2017 of harassing his ex-wife, and...

    Vet suspended for fabricating APHA email

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has decided to suspend overseas-based James Hugh Alexander Crawford MRCVS for a period of 12 months, after he fabricated an email, purporting it to be from a veterinary officer at the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories...

    Cheshire vet not guilty of disgraceful conduct after conflict of interest over pre-purchase exam

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has found Cheshire-based Paul Stuart Thomason MRCVS not guilty of disgraceful conduct after hearing charges that he undertook a pre-purchase examination of a horse called Reba which caused him to have a potential or actual...

    DC postpones decision on drink-drive vet

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has decided to postpone its decision on the sanction for a Dyfed-based veterinary surgeon convicted of drink-driving for a second time, this time for a further twelve months. Lynn Jo Ann Davies MRCVS first appeared before...

    Manchester vet struck off for illegally importing puppies

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has directed the Registrar to remove Greater Manchester-based Viktor Molnar from the Register after he pleaded guilty to illegally importing puppies to the UK. Mr Molnar had been convicted at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’...

    West Midlands VN struck off for misleading greyhound charity

    West Midlands-based veterinary nurse Laura Jane Garfield has been struck off by the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Disciplinary Committee after it found that she had misled and been dishonest with a charity. The Disciplinary Committee heard that Mrs Garfield...

    RCVS named amongst best workplaces for women

    The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has been recognised as one of the best workplaces for women by the Great Place to Work Institute. The College was ranked seventh in the medium-sized company or organisation category (50 to 449 employees) of...

    Vet not guilty of disgraceful conduct after failing to communicate facts of cat's death

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has found London-based Sarah Lee Dantas-Holmes MRCVS not guilty of disgraceful conduct in a professional respect. The charges related to the unexpected death of a cat called Hope during an operation to explore a growth...

    Leeds vet struck off after conviction for animal welfare offences

    Leeds-based Gary James Cassius Samuel has been struck off by the RCVS Disciplinary Committee following his conviction for animal welfare offences in 2016. The Disciplinary Committee heard that Mr Samuel had been convicted of five animal welfare offences...

    1,600+ respond to second RCVS Brexit survey

    The RCVS reports that over 1,600 EU-qualified veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses have already responded to its second survey on the implications for them of the UK’s decision to exit the European Union. The original survey was sent last...

    RCVS to consult on proposed new veterinary nursing qualifications

    The RCVS has announced that next month, it will be asking veterinary surgeons and nurses for their view on a proposed new framework for post-registration veterinary nursing qualifications which aim to enhance the structure of the veterinary nursing career...