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The RCVS Compassion Award

This is a new award to be bestowed for the first time in 2021, to reflect the focus of the RCVS on compassion, as part of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.

It will be awarded to a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse at any stage of their career who has demonstrated compassion towards fellow professionals and/or members of the animal-owning public. This may be as part of a one-off initiative or sustained over a longer period of time, but the individual needs to have made a significant impact and shown genuine compassion above and beyond what might have been expected of them as part of their day-to-day work.

Although showing compassion to animals is a key part of a veterinary professional’s role, this award is to recognise compassion towards our fellow human beings.

Nominations can be made by any MRCVS or RVN, excluding current RCVS Council and VN Council members. Nominees must be MsRCVS or RVNs, also excluding current RCVS Council and VN Council members.

The deadline for making a nomination for the 2021 RCVS Compassion Award has been extended to Friday 15 January 2021. 

You can make a nomination by completing and emailing the PDF form (available to download on this page) plus your supporting statements to Luke Bishop, RCVS Senior Communications Officer, on 

Alternatively, you can submit your nomination by completing the webform for the RCVS Compassion Award.