The RCVS Impact Award

The RCVS Impact Award was agreed by RCVS Council in 2017, with the first award being made in 2018.

Prof Sarah Freeman receiving the Impact Award from RCVS President Amanda Boag

The award is bestowed upon a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse who has recently, or is currently, undertaking a project, initiative or similar that has a significant impact on the profession at large, animal health or welfare, or public health.

Such impact could have been made through any field of veterinary endeavour, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics.

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.

Up to 2 RCVS Impact Awards can be bestowed in any year.

The nomination period for the Impact Award 2020 is now open with nominations being accepted until Friday 10 January 2020. Impact Awards 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 Impact Award 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 Impact Award 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 Impact Award 
  • Date

Previous RCVS Impact Award recipients

2019: Professor Sarah Louise Freeman FRCVS, Professor of Veterinary Surgery at the University of Nottingham, for her work developing the ‘REACT now to prevent colic’ educational programme with The British Horse Society - which has had a significant impact on equine welfare, public awareness and the veterinary profession as a result of their research and educational campaigns. 

2019: Professor Paul Damien McGreevy FRCVS, Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science at the University of Sydney in Australia, for showing how the training of veterinary surgeons can lead to remarkable international impact on animal health and welfare.  

2018: Jade Statt MRCVS, co-founder of the StreetVet charity which provides free and accessible veterinary care to homeless pet owners on the streets of London and other cities in England. Please listen to our podcast interview with Jade Statt in which she speaks about the difference StreetVet has made to the homeless community and their companion animals.