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RCVS Honours 2018

A chance to recognise outstanding achievement

The public expects veterinary professionals to meet high standards. Sometimes, however, individuals far exceed expectation, and we feel this ought to be recognised.

We would also like to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those who have contributed to the health and welfare of animals by working in fields related to the veterinary profession.

If you know someone whose achievements are outstanding and who has worked above-and-beyond the call of duty in the fields of veterinary medicine or science, or related areas, you can use the RCVS Honours scheme to try and ensure that they are considered for wider recognition.

Watch our video to find out what it means to receive an RCVS award:

 

The Honours

The Queen’s Medal

This honour was introduced in 2013 and recognises veterinary surgeons who have achieved a highly distinguished career and whose outstanding achievements deserve recognition.

The RCVS Queen’s Medal is the College’s most prestigious honour and is open to all Members of the RCVS. The award will provide a further aspirational distinction for those Members who already hold an RCVS Fellowship by thesis, meritorious contribution to learning or election.

This honour may be conferred upon only one Member of the College each year. However, if the calibre of nominees in a particular year is not of the requisite standard then the RCVS Council need not confer this honour.

The RCVS International Award

This award was bestowed for the first time in 2017, in order to recognise veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses or lay people who have worked internationally from either within or outside the UK and have made an outstanding contribution on issues that are in line with the RCVS mission, for example, around raising veterinary standards, veterinary education, improving animal health and welfare, developing leadership, promoting mental health and welfare. Please also see the College’s Strategic Plan (www.rcvs.org.uk/strategy) and our mission (www.rcvs.org.uk/about-us).

Nominations can be made by anybody, including RCVS Council members and staff.

Up to two awards can be made each year.

The RCVS Inspiration Award

This is a new award that was agreed by RCVS Council in 2017, with the first award(s) being made in 2018.

The award will be bestowed upon a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse who has recently demonstrated the ability to inspire and enthuse others consistently throughout his or her career.

It is open to those who have inspired and motivated individuals, groups or who have worked at a profession-wide level. The award recognises those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ what may normally be expected from a professional colleague.

Nominations can be made by any MRCVS or RVN, excluding current RCVS Council members.

Up to two awards may be made in any year.

The RCVS Impact Award

This is a new award that was agreed by RCVS Council in 2017, with the first award(s) being made in 2018.

The award will be bestowed upon a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse who has recently made a considerable impact that has affected the profession at large, animal health or welfare, or public health.

Such impact could have been made through any field of veterinary endeavour, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics.

Nominations can be made by any MRCVS or RVN, excluding current RCVS Council members.

Up to two awards may be made in any year.

Golden Jubilee Award

The Golden Jubilee Award was introduced in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first veterinary nurse training course and is aimed at veterinary nurses who have taken a leadership role in the profession and can act as an ambassador to help drive greater awareness of veterinary nursing issues with the profession, the public and other stakeholders.

Nominees must be RVNs (excluding current VN Council members) but nominators can be RVNs or MRCVS.

Honorary Associateship

Associateship of the College is a prestigious honour conferred to a small number of non-members of the RCVS each year, in recognition of their special contribution. The College is keen to recognise the full range of individuals who contribute to the veterinary sphere, for example, scientists, lecturers, veterinary nurses, charity-workers, farriers, farmers and those involved in the commercial field.

There would not usually be more than three honours conferred per year.

 

Who can nominate?

You do not need to be a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse in order to make a nomination for Honorary Associateship. Only members of the RCVS can make a nomination for the Queen's Medal. 

 

How to nominate

The nominations period for RCVS Honours 2017 has now passed and awards will be presented on Friday 7 July at RCVS Day. 

 

Any questions?

If you have any questions about RCVS Honours, please contact Mrs Peris Dean on p.dean@rcvs.org.uk or 0207 202 0761.

 

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