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    Vet's appeal against RCVS Disciplinary Committee decision dismissed by Privy Council

    The Privy Council has dismissed an appeal lodged against the RCVS Disciplinary Committee’s decision in May 2018 that Dr Horia Elefterescu should be removed from the Register. The Committee had found Dr Elefterescu guilty of serious professional misconduct...

    RCVS needs GPs to help shape the future of support for new grads

    The RCVS is looking for general practitioners to join one of two working groups to shape a new programme to support veterinary graduates into life in practice. The College says the aim of the programme, which will replace the current Professional Development...
  • RCVS announces runners in the 2020 Council elections

    The RCVS has announced the candidates standing in the 2020 RCVS Council elections. Eight veterinary surgeons have put themselves forward to compete for the three available places. They are: John Davies MRCVS Dr Melissa Donald MRCVS (incumbent...

    Privy Council approves Surrey's veterinary degree

    The Privy Council has approved a Recognition Order for the University of Surrey’s veterinary degree and it will be formally accredited by the RCVS from late next month. The new Order will come into force on the 18th February 2020, from when students...

    Luton-based vet struck off for clinical failures

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has directed the Registrar to remove Luton-based veterinary surgeon, Rahul Chandulai Shah from the Register for repeated clinical failures. The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Dr Martin Whiting, considered two charges...

    RCVS launches 1CPD learning and development platform

    The RCVS has launched 1CPD, a new learning and development platform which replaces the Professional Development Record (PDR) as a way for veterinary surgeons to plan, record and reflect on continuing professional development (CPD). The College says...

    RCVS fees to go up £24

    The RCVS has announced that the Privy Council has approved a rise to the current annual renewal fees of £24 for UK-practising members, £12 for overseas-practising members and £4 for non-practising members. The College says the increase is needed to...

    Manchester vet reprimanded for inadequate care and advice

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has reprimanded and given a warning to Dr John Gunn MRCVS, a Manchester-based veterinary surgeon for providing an inadequate level of care and advice regarding a Jack Russell terrier. The Disciplinary Committee, chaired...

    Webinars to help you maximise the potential of your vet nurses

    The RCVS is to hold three webinars looking at maximising the potential of veterinary nurses and recognising the value of their work. Part of the VN Futures project, the lunchtime webinars will be delivered between February and June 2020 via the Webinar...
  • RCVS commits to consult with the profession over proposed changes to standard of proof in disciplinaries

    The RCVS has issued a statement in which it commits to consult with the profession over a proposal to change the standard of proof required in disciplinary proceedings from the criminal standard to the lower civil standard. The proposal seems to have...

    Survey shows veterinary costs still need to be better explained

    A survey commissioned by the RCVS has found that a significant number of pet owners think veterinary surgeons offer poor or very poor value for money, suggesting more work needs to be done to communicate the value of veterinary services. The survey...

    Somerset-based vet struck off for stealing controlled drugs

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has directed that Somerset-based Mark Kombert be removed from the Register after he was found guilty of stealing ketamine and methadone from a practice. Prior to the start of the hearing, the RCVS received correspondence...

    Two vets sanctioned by RCVS DC for clinical failings

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has reprimanded one veterinary surgeon and suspended another for four months, following a joint hearing regarding their professional conduct while they were in practice in Slough, Berkshire in August 2016. The Disciplinary...

    Vets, your profession needs you

    The RCVS is now inviting veterinary surgeons to stand as candidates for Council in its 2020 elections. In next year's election, there are three places on Council for elected veterinary surgeons, with successful candidates serving four-year terms....
  • Vet reprimanded after bribe conviction

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has reprimanded a veterinary surgeon who'd fallen victim to a corrupt system and consequently bribed a professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of...

    Free CPD, equine colic talk and more at the Nottingham RCVS Regional Question Time

    One of this year’s recipients of the RCVS Impact Award, Professor Sarah Freeman, will be talking about her pioneering public awareness project on equine colic at an upcoming Regional Question Time in Nottingham on 25th November 2019. Sarah is a Professor...

    Ian Arundale and Bradley Viner to chair Disciplinary and Preliminary Investigation Committees

    The RCVS has announced that the Disciplinary Committee (DC) and the Preliminary Investigation Committee (PIC) have appointed Ian Arundale and Dr Bradley Viner as their new Chairs, respectively. Ian Arundale (pictured right) was appointed as the...

    DC finally suspends vet for dishonesty

    The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Dr Gerhard Schulze Allen from the Register for three months for being dishonest with, and making false representations to, the College. At his first Disciplinary Committee hearing in January 2018 , the...
  • RCVS relaxes new CPD requirements to help transition

    The RCVS has announced two changes to its CPD policy as it switches from the rolling three year requirement to the annual one , starting in 2020. The first is that the College will allow veterinary surgeons and nurses to carry over some of the CPD...

    RCVS approves University of Surrey’s veterinary degree

    The RCVS Council has approved the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine’s degree, so pending final approval from the Privy Council, those completing the degree will be able to register with the RCVS as veterinary surgeons in the UK. The...

    Nominations now sought for 2020 RCVS Honours & Awards

    The RCVS is now accepting nominations for its 2020 Honours & Awards, celebrating the achievements of veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and laypeople who are doing extraordinary work for the benefit of animal health and welfare, the veterinary professions...

    RCVS announces plan for review of ‘under care’ and 24/7 guidance

    The RCVS has published details about its plans for a comprehensive review of its guidance to the veterinary profession on ‘under care’ and out-of-hours emergency cover, including a broad timetable for evidence gathering, policy drafting, and public consultation...

    York-based vet suspended for dishonest horse passports and falsifying clinical records

    York-based Dr Michael Richard Jones has been suspended by the RCVS Disciplinary Committee for two months, for making dishonest entries in horse passports and subsequently making dishonest entries in the same horses’ clinical records. The Disciplinary...

    Vets needed to help test RCVS's new CPD recording system

    The RCVS is calling for veterinary surgeons to help test its new continuing professional development (CPD) recording platform which is currently in development. Earlier this year, the RCVS Council approved the roll-out of a more outcomes-based model...

    Midlands vet reprimanded for alcohol-related incidents

    Midlands-based Dr Lynn Jo Ann Davies MRCVS has been reprimanded and warned by the RCVS Disciplinary Committee for serious professional misconduct involving drink driving convictions and being under the influence of alcohol whilst on duty as a veterinary...