According to the College, the increase in fees is needed primarily to develop its regulatory capacity for paraprofessionals. However it also says it needs to increase fees to pay for a new, Midlands-based headquarters designed by Foster and Partners, following the announcement last year about the sale of Horseferry Road.
Brexit is another significant factor in the decision to raise fees.
As has been widely reported, the College has already been on a number of fact-finding trips to India, with a view to making up the shortage of vets in the UK with graduates from Indian vet schools. But however forward-thinking these trips were, they have not borne fruit in time for Brexit.
For this reason, the College has announced that it has set aside an emergency contingency fund of £6M in order to fly as many as twenty veterinary surgeons from India and pay them to act as OVs on short term contracts in the event of a no deal Brexit.
An RCVS spokesperson said: "Brexit has dominated proceedings over the last two years, and we have been working collaboratively with our colleagues in Defra and the BVA to make appropriate plans to ensure that vital veterinary work will continue, whatever the outcome of Brexit. However, we have been unable to persuade the government to put veterinary surgeons on the Shortage Occupation List and our only alternative is to recruit from abroad."
Dr Frill Poao from the Indian Veterinary Association Kerala said: "We are standing by to help our British colleagues in their time of need".
Photo: Could the new RCVS headquarters look something like this? Foster and Partners also designed London City Hall. Gary Knight / Wikipedia CC BY-SA 2.0
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Money well spent in my opinion, what a fantastic lot they are at RCVS, they deserve first class flights to India and super dooper premises for all their excellent work they do in promotng the veterinary profession and improving our public profile. I imagine they'll have President Lonsdale cutting the ribbon? I hope I can make the opening ceremony.
Clever anagram, Dr Frill Poao, Dr April Fool indeed!
What a good way to discourage part-time veterinary surgeons (the vast majority of which have many years of experience as they are only part-time as they are older and juggling family) from working!
Also, surely the sale of of a London property (and in a highly sort after area of London) more than covers the purchase/build of a property in the West Midlands...?
Excellent value, can I pay using a pound of flesh? :)
You'd be forgiven for thinking so.
April fool I hope!
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