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Dr Philip Lhermette

Dr Philip Lhermette, RCVS Council election candidate 2021BSc(Hons) CBiol FRSB BVetMed FRCVS

Candidate 7 of 14

Proposers: Dr Alasdair Hotston Moore, Dr Elise Robertson

Contact details

Elands Veterinary Clinic, St John’s Church, London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 2TE

T 01732 452 333

M 07810 377 466



Candidate biography

Philip Lhermette FRCVS completed an honours degree in animal physiology at the University of Nottingham in 1977, and a degree in veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1982. Following four years in mixed practice in Surrey, Philip moved to Kent to establish his own practice near Sevenoaks.

Philip has practised rigid and flexible endoscopy since 1995. He pioneered laparoscopic bitch spays and laser endosurgery in the UK, is author and editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endoscopy and Endosurgery, has contributed to numerous other publications and lectures extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. He is on the ISVPS examination committee for the GPCert(Endo) and PGCert (Endo) courses on which he lectures and provides practical tuition. In 2011 Philip received the BSAVA Simon Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. in 2016 he was awarded Fellowship of the RCVS for meritorious contributions to clinical practice and in 2017 he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology. Philip was Special Lecturer in Veterinary Endoscopy and Endosurgery at The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science 2007 – 2017 and President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association 2018-2019.

Candidate manifesto 

So why would anyone want to sit on RCVS Council? As our regulatory body RCVS has enormous influence on the day to day lives of all veterinary surgeons. It is therefore imperative that the knowledge and opinions of vets who work at the coal face are heard and represented when formulating ongoing policy. Veterinary medicine and surgery are in a constant state of flux with new techniques and treatments and improved technology constantly challenging the way we work. Telemedicine, “under your care”, the right to prescribe, schedule 3, regulation of paraprofessionals and the proposed changes in the standard of proof required in disciplinary proceedings are all contentious issues that greatly concern every veterinary surgeon. We are a small profession, often working in small practice bubbles (even more so recently). I started my career in mixed practice for many years before focussing on companion animals and developing my interest in endoscopy. Over the past 20 years I have had the privilege to work with a wide variety of colleagues from all branches of the profession and beyond through my teaching of minimally invasive surgery and my long involvement with BSAVA. I started in the regions as chair of Kent, organising CPD, and worked my way up through publications committee, PetSavers management committee and treasurer to be president in 2018/19. All through this time I have continued to work in first opinion and referral practice so I understand the problems on the front line well and have the perspective to see the wider picture and the experience to know where to go to get things done. RCVS Council is important, it guides our daily lives. It is essential that its members represent the profession effectively, uphold and advance veterinary standards and provide regulation fit for the 21st century. I will do that.

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