Honorary Associateship

Honorary Associateship of the College is a prestigious honour conferred to a small number of laypeople each year, in recognition of their special contribution to the veterinary sphere.

Chris Tufnell with Heather Armstrong, recipient of an Honorary Associateship at RCVS Day 2017 The College is keen to recognise the full range of individuals who contribute to the veterinary sphere, for example, scientists, lecturers, journalists, charity-workers, farriers, farmers and those involved in the commercial field.

Nominations can be made by any MRCVS or RVN, excluding current members of RCVS Council and VN Council. The nominations period usually starts in the autumn and closes in January.

There would not usually be more than 3 Honorary Associateships conferred per year.

The nomination period for the Honorary Associateship 2020 is now open with nominations being accepted until Friday 10 January 2020. Honorary Associateships will be bestowed at Royal College Day 2020 which takes place on 1 Great George Street on Friday 10 July 2020.

How to nominate

Using our online webforms

You can use our webform to make a nomination for the Honorary Associateship via our website. The two supporters’ statements should be attached to the webform as separate word documents.

Please note that the webforms do not currently allow the user to save their form and return to it later. We recommend that you write out your answers into a Word document that you can save, and then copy and paste your answers into the webform to avoid losing your work.

Download a nomination form

Alternatively, you can download a nomination form for the Honorary Associateship from the 'Related documents' section, at the end of this page. Once completed you can then either email it to Susie Tomlin, RCVS Executive Assistant, on s.tomlin@rcvs.org.uk or send it by post to Susie Tomlin, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, 62 – 64 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF. Please ensure that you email or post two additional supporting statements from the nomination’s two supports. At least one of these must be someone who is not a close working colleague of the person nominated, to demonstrate breadth of support. The supporting statements should be no longer than 250 words and should include:

  • The name of the nominee
  • The award or honour for which they are being proposed
  • Supporter’s job title
  • Relationship to the nominee
  • Information about why the supporter believes the nominee should receive the Honorary Associateship 
  • Date

Previous Honorary Associates

2019: No Honorary Associateships were awarded. 

2018: No Honorary Associateships were awarded. 

2017: Heather Armstrong for her contribution to the health and welfare of equids as Director of the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust.

2017: Professor Duncan Maskell for his contribution to pathogen research and animal-focused science as the first non-vet Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge and current Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Cambridge and Marks & Spencer Professor of Farm Animal Health, Food Science and Food Safety.

2016: Professor David Lane for his contribution to the profession through his support of the launch of the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and the status of Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Primary Care.

2015: Dr Michael J Francis for his exceptional impact on the wellbeing of livestock and pets globally through the vaccines he has developed against infectious diseases.

2015: Miss Catherine Anne Phillips for her dedication to enhancing veterinary nurse training in both the small animal and equine fields.

2015: Dr Phillip Sketchley for his tireless contribution to the pharmaceutical industry for over 30 years and for his work alongside the veterinary profession and at the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH).