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Primary Qualifications Subcommittee

The Primary Qualifications Subcommittee meets two or three times per year, depending on business. It plans visitations, appoints visitors to visit panels, oversees the monitoring of vet schools by considering the annual reports, considers visitation reports and makes recommendations to Education Committee. The Statutory Membership Examination Board reports to the Primary Qualifications Subcommittee. (View full terms of reference)


  • Professor Jim Anderson
  • Professor Kate Cobb
  • Dr Joanna Dyer 
  • Mr Zakarius Franek (Student representative)
  • Miss Ida Knutsen (Student representative)
  • Professor Liz Mossop
  • Mrs Jo Oultram


Jordan Nicholls (T 020 7202 0704, E

Terms of reference

The terms of reference for the Primary Qualification Subcommittee (PQSC) are:

  1. to consider reports of visitors (including follow-up reports) to veterinary schools and make recommendations to Education Committee on recognition of undergraduate veterinary degrees so that Council can submit formal advice to the Privy Council
  2. to consider annual monitor reports from the veterinary schools
  3. to consider and make recommendations to Education Committee on the appointment of RCVS visitors and observers
  4. to keep RCVS visitation/accreditation criteria under review and in line with any relevant international standards and to consider annual statistical returns
  5. to oversee the work of the Statutory Examination Board and ensure that the standards for entry onto the register by this route are consistent with recognised degrees

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