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Col Neil C Smith BVetMed MSc MRCVS


A portrait image of Neil Smith

Neil Smith graduated from the RVC in 1989, and joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. He has experienced many facets of the profession including small animal, equine and meat inspection. His main professional interest is working dogs.

Neil has Masters Degrees in Food Science, Business Administration and Defence Studies and has worked in a range of private, military and charity practices.

First elected to Council from 2004–08 and then 2010-present, Neil has served on all the major committees except Disciplinary, including several years on Preliminary Investigations Committee, as well as the RCVS Trust grants panel.

Neil is a member of BVA and Central Veterinary Society, previously he was President of Southern Counties, Association of Government Vets and RVCAA, as well as a member of NIVA, BSAVA and BVA VPG.

He has wide experience of working with Central Government Departments, both during FMD 2001 and other assignments.

Currently Neil is the Director Army Veterinary and Remount Services and holds the appointment of the Queen’s Honorary Veterinary Surgeon, he is also a Trustee of the Blue Cross.


Council Member category

  • Elected: 2014 - 2018


Committee membership

  • Operational Board
  • Specialist Recognition Appeals Committee
  • Veterinary Nurses Council


Declaration of Interests


Director Rastrick Services Ltd





Appointments to other bodies

Trustee, Army Medical Services Museum

Trustee, Blue Cross

Trustee, RAVC Benevolent Fund

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, Veterinary History Society
  • Council Member and past President, Royal Veterinary College Alumnus Association
  • RCVS Appointed Member Farriers Registration Council


  • 1989 Commissioned into the RAVC

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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