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RCVS Fellowship Week virtual event

RCVS Fellowship Week 2021

Date: Thursday 30th September to Thursday 7th October 2021

Opening times: 7:30pm

Venue: Online


The RCVS Fellowship Week is taking place between 30 September - 7 October 2021 and aims to showcase the variety and extent of the Fellowship’s knowledge-base. Online activities throughout the week include six Fellows of the Future student competition entries, and three Fellows in Focus presentations. The week will culminate with the virtual Fellowship Evening at 7.00pm on Thursday 7 October, where all new Fellows will be formally admitted to the Fellowship.

Fellowship Week online content: 

'Fellows of the Future?' competition

Twenty three veterinary students and recent graduates entered our Fellows of the Future competition and six finalists have been chosen to present their research as part of Fellowship Week. The finalists are:  

  • James Cockroft, University of Nottingham 
  • Georgina Hopkins, Royal Veterinary College 
  • Stephen John, University of Surrey
  • Samuel Pearce, University of Bristol 
  • Amy Richardson, Royal Veterinary College
  • Sophie Rosenzweig, University of Liverpool 

'Fellows in Focus' presenters 

There will be three Fellows in Focus talks delivered by current Fellows: 

  •  Dr Mandy Peffers FRCVS, talk title: From bovine embryo transfer vet to Wellcome Trust Clinical Intermediate Fellow
  • Dr Christopher Shales FRCVS, talk title: The integration of webinars within our practice
  • Dr Joan Smyth FRCVS, talk title: Some discoveries of novel diseases and concepts through diagnostic veterinary pathology

Picture of 35 new Fellows at Fellowship Day October 2018

Fellowship Evening - Thursday, 7 October 

A live stream of the evening ceremony will be viewable from the Fellowship section of our website and is open to all RCVS members and associates.

Programme agenda: 

7:00pm - Welcome and opening remarks 

  •  Celebration of new Fellows and congratulations 
  • President’s address, Dr Kate Richards 
  • Fellows of the Future competition winners announced
  • Address from the Chair of the Fellowship Board, Professor John Innes FRCVS
  • Keynote speaker, Professor Tim Spector MD FMedSci FRSB

8:00pm - Close of event 

Keynote Speaker

Tim Spector MD FMedSci FRSB, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College London and scientific co-founder of ZOE ltd, will be delivering his talk titled: The Future of  Personalised Nutrition. 

Professor Spector is the epidemiologist behind the ground-breaking Covid Symptom Study app, an innovation which directly influenced how the UK responded to the pandemic, and for the last 25 years has been studying a cohort of 12,000 twins in the largest nutrition intervention of its kind, which has shown we all react differently to the same foods.


Should you have any questions relating to Fellowship Week please email the RCVS Events Team on If however, your query relates to the Fellowship, please contact the Fellowship Team on

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