The Queen's Medal

The RCVS Queen’s Medal is the College’s most prestigious honour for veterinary surgeons and was launched in 2013 with the permission of Her Majesty the Queen. The award is open to MsRCVS, excluding current RCVS Council and VN Council members.  

Professor the Lord Trees receiving the The Queen's Medal from RCVS President Amanda BoagThe Medal recognises a veterinary surgeon who has achieved a highly distinguished career with sustained and outstanding achievements throughout.

This honour may be conferred upon only one member of the College each year. 

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

The nomination period for the Queen's Medal 2020 is now open with nominations being accepted until Friday 10 January 2020. The Queen's Medal will be awarded 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 Queen's Medal 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 Queen's Medal 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 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 Queen's Medal
  • Date


Previous Queen's Medal recipients

2019: Professor the Lord Trees MRCVS, Emeritus Professor at the University of Liverpool and a Cross-bench Peer of the House of Lords, for his outstanding contributions to the profession, who has dedicated his career to working above and beyond the call of duty in the fields of veterinary medicine or science. As the only veterinarian in Parliament, Lord Trees is a great ambassador for the veterinary profession, ensuring the veterinary voice is heard from the highest levels of government, all the way through to the client, on a global basis. 

2018: Professor Peter Clegg FRCVS, Head of the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease at the University of Liverpool, for his services to the promotion of interdisciplinary research with his engagement in veterinary, medical and biomedical research relating to musculoskeletal biology and ophthalmology as well as his service to education and academic mentoring. Please take a listen to our RCVS Podcast interview with Peter Clegg in which he talks about balancing both a clinical and an academic research career while supporting dozens of students through their degrees.

2017: Dr Barry Johnson MRCVS for his years of service to clinical practice, veterinary education and public service – including 28 years on RCVS Council and his position as High Sheriff of Lancashire from 2014 to 2015.

2016: Professor Randolph Richards MRCVS for his contribution to fish health and welfare, aquaculture, and the development of the salmon farming industry in Scotland.

2015: Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior HonFRCVS, the first veterinary surgeon to sit in the House of Lords and former President of both the RCVS and Royal Society of Medicine, for his contribution to veterinary politics and academia.

2014: Mr Desmond James Thompson HonFRCVS, a former President of the RCVS and the British Veterinary Association, for his contribution to the veterinary community in Northern Ireland and beyond.