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 deadline for putting forward nominations for 2020 has now passed. 

Adhering to the government guidance on reducing Covid-19 transmission through social distancing, it will not be possible to hold the event in person this year. Successful nominees for RCVS Honours & Awards will be invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony during the week commencing 7 September 2020.

 

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).