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The RCVS Student Community Award

This is a new award to be bestowed for the first time in 2021, and will recognise a veterinary or veterinary nursing student who has made a real effort to support their fellow students and the wider veterinary/veterinary nursing school community. It may also reward someone who has contributed to the wider local community within which the academic environment is based.

A wide range of different types of activity could be recognised by the award, for example, a specific initiative that the student has developed; personal support they have given over a sustained period (please do not include personal information about recipients of support that may be confidential); a demonstrable civic awareness in the way they have conducted themselves in student politics; an outreach programme to the local community; contribution to the governance of the student body etc.

It is open to any student who is enrolled on an RCVS-approved veterinary or veterinary nursing course, or studying for a relevant postgraduate veterinary/veterinary nursing qualification.

Nominations can be made by anyone – they do not need to be an MRCVS or RVN – excluding current RCVS Council and VN Council members.

Up to two RCVS Student Community Awards may be made in any year. The combination of vet/VN students who win the awards is entirely based on the validity of applications received in any one year.

The deadline for making nominations for the 2022 RCVS Honours & Awards is Friday 7 January 2022. Nominations can be made via the downloadable PDF nomination form on this webpage. 

Successful nominees for RCVS Honours & Awards will be invited to attend Royal College Day in July 2022. 

Previous RCVS Student Community Award recipients

2021: Jack Church, a fourth-year veterinary student at Surrey Vet School who, in addition to his studies, had spent much of last year volunteering at an adult ICU Covid-19 award, completing 12-hour shifts undertaking tasks such as helping the doctors and nurses put on their personal protective equipment (PPE), rolling ventilated patients, disinfecting PPE and transporting supplies. His nominator, fellow Surrey University veterinary student Yasmin Abou-Amer, said Jack was been a fantastic role model to other vet students though his service to the wider community, including the most vulnerable. 

2021: Lavinia Economu, who was a final-year student at the Royal Veterinary College when she was nominated and is one of the driving forces behind Animal Aspirations, a student-led organisation that seeks to inspire young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and different socio-economic backgrounds into the veterinary professions. Her nominator Daniella Dos Santos FRCVS, said that Lavinia had recognised not only the lack of diversity within the profession, but also the challenge of a lack of role models and accessible support for marginalised and disadvantaged communities and so founded Animal Aspirations, which in two years has gone from strength to strength.