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Fellowship Day 2019

Some 30 new veterinary surgeons were welcomed to the Fellowship at the fourth annual Fellowship Day on 20 September 2019, held in the prestigious surroundings of The Royal Institution in London. They were joined by many existing RCVS Fellows for a day of scientific excellence which showcased the breadth and depth of veterinary knowledge.

New RCVS Fellows welcomed at RCVS Fellowship Day 2019

Change of Fellowship Chair 

The event saw Professor John Innes welcomed as the new Chair of the RCVS Fellowship. He has been elected for a three-year term during which he will be responsible for meeting the initiative’s strategic aims and setting its priorities.

Outgoing Chair of the Fellowship, Professor Nick Bacon, welcomed Professor Innes at the start of the day before reflecting on his three-year term as Chair.

In his opening speech, Professor Bacon said: “As I come to the end of my three-year term, I look back with immense pride about everything that has been achieved by the initiative in this relatively short time-frame. We have welcomed over 150 Fellows under the three new routes to Fellowship since 2016, and developed a three-year strategic plan to support the Fellowship in achieving its aim of becoming a thriving learned society.”

On his new appointment as Chair, Professor Innes said: “I am greatly looking forward to working with my fellow Fellowship board members, the RCVS team at Belgravia House who so ably support the initiative, and the members of the Advancement of the Professions Committee and RCVS Council who provide the vital oversight of the initiative.

“I also hope I can bring to bear the knowledge of my 22 years in academia and my current experience in a national role for a large veterinary practice group, and provide insight in to veterinary practice in all domestic species for Fellows, the wider veterinary professions and the public.”

Fellows Directory

A new Directory of Fellows was launched, with Professor Bacon adding: “I am also delighted to announce that our new online Fellowship Directory is launching today, which will give members of the public and the profession a greater insight into who is in the Fellowship and why, as well as promoting the Fellowship as a repository of veterinary knowledge and expertise.

"In the fullness of time, every Fellow will be listed on the Directory and their profiles will showcase how they are promoting scientific excellence, furthering professional skills and practice, or enriching public discourse about veterinary science.”

New Fellows

In total 30 new Fellows were welcomed to the Fellowship on the day – 19 for meritorious contributions to clinical practice; 5 for meritorious contributions to knowledge; and 6 for meritorious contributions to the profession. A full list of those welcomed to the Fellowship this year is available to download from our Fellowship page

Keynote address

Dr John Glen delivered a presentation titled: 'Try, try and try again: some personal reflections on the development of the anaesthetic, propofol.' In his presentation he detailed his ground-breaking work at AstraZeneca where he discovered and developed propofol – one of the most common anaesthetic drugs in use today.

Fellows of the Future?

Eight current students, who were a mix of undergraduates and postgraduates, took part in the second annual ‘Fellows of the Future?’ competition, during which they presented their current research to the delegates and a judging panel comprising Professor Nick Bacon, Dr Glen, Professor John Innes and Dr Niall Connell.

The winner of the competition was James Statton, from the University of Nottingham, with his presentation on his research examining students; transition into veterinary education, and whether their expectations match their experience. His prize was a £200 book voucher.

The presentation by undergraduate student Luke Gunter, of the Royal Veterinary College, on the effects of FSTL3-deletion on trophoblast migration was judged highly commended by the panel, and he was awarded a £100 voucher.

Fellows in Focus

A series of six 10-minute talks were given by new and existing Fellows on a topic of their choice, with the aim of shining a light on fascinating areas of work currently to be found within the RCVS Fellowship. These were:

  • ‘Nature’s wings and their passengers’ by Brian Coles HonFRCVS
  • ‘High mortality in a sheep flock caused by tick-born diseases – a diagnostic challenge’ by Dr Roger Daniel FRCVS, Farm-animal Pathologist at the Wales Veterinary Science Centre
  • ‘One Pain: how pets contribute to translational research’ by Dr Duncan Lascelles FRCVS, Director of the Comparative Pain Research and Education Centre at North Carolina State University
  • ‘The hidden curriculum: why it matters’ by Professor Liz Mossop FRCVS, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Engagement at the University of Lincoln
  • ‘Bridging gaps through distance mentoring: training, career development and outreach’ by Dr Nicola Parry FRCVS, an independent veterinary pathology consultant based in the United States
  • ‘Rare or well done?’ by Professor Stuart Reid CBE FRCVS, Principal of the Royal Veterinary College