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Col Neil C Smith BVetMed MSc MRCVS


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Neil Smith was commissioned into the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in 1989.  His career has taken him all over the world and has included small animal and equine practice, meat inspection and managing human pharmaceutical product development. He has also been an LVI and OVS.

Neil has wide experience of working with a range of Government Departments.

His current role is ensuring the delivery of Primary Healthcare (including Occupational Health, Mental Health, and Physiotherapy) to the Army in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Neil has also locumed in private practice, gained clinical experience with the PDSA and more recently worked for the Blue Cross Hospital in evening clinics.


Council Member category

  • Elected: 2010 - 2014
  • President: 2013 - 2014


Committee membership

  • Operational Board
  • PIC and DC Liaison Committee


Declaration of Interests







Appointments to other bodies

Trustee, Army Medical Services Museum

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Member, British Veterinary Association
  • Member and past President, Association of Government Veterinarians
  • Fellow and Council Member, Central Veterinary Society
  • Member and ex-officio Council Member, Northern Ireland Veterinary Association
  • Member, Veterinary History Society
  • Council Member and past President, Royal Veterinary College Alumnus Association
  • Grants Panel Member, RCVS Knowledge


  • 1989 Commissioned into the RAVC
  • 1989 Captain
  • 1994 Major
  • 2002 Lieutenant Colonel
  • 2009 Colonel

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • Master of Science (Food Science), Reading University 1991
  • Master of Defence Administration, Cranfield University 2001
  • Master of Arts (Defence Studies), King's College, London 2002

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

None relevant

Other relevant information

None that I am aware of

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