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Neil Smith



NS test3Dr Neil Smith graduated from the RVC in 1989, and was with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps until his retirement from the Corps in October 2019. He has experienced many facets of the profession including small animal, equine and meat inspection. His main professional interest is working dogs and human healthcare.

Neil has Masters degrees in Food Science, Business Administration and Defence Studies and has worked in a range of private, military and charity practices.

He is a member of RCVS Council and was elected RCVS President from 2013-14. He is also a member of BVA and Central Veterinary Society; previously he was President of Southern Counties, Association of Government Vets and RVCAA, as well as a member of NIVA, BSAVA and BVA VPG.

Neil has wide experience of working with Central Government Departments, both during FMD 2001 and other assignments, and was part of the UK team tackling Ebola in Sierra Leone in 2015.

Currently he works in Government Veterinary Services. Neil also holds the appointment of the Queen’s Honorary Veterinary Surgeon.

Council Member category

  • Elected: 2014 - 2022

Committee membership

  • PIC and DC Liaison Committee
  • Legislation Working Party
  • Certification Sub-Committee

Declaration of interests


  • Director Rastrick Services Ltd
  • Board Member, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) Wales

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives




Appointments to other bodies

  • Honorary Colonel Commandant, Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) - (1 March 2022)
  • Trustee, Army Medical Services Museum
  • Trustee, Street Vet (January 2019 onward)
  • Clinical Ambassador, Blue Cross (August 2018 onward)
  • Advisory Council Member, Veterans with Dogs (June 2018 onward)
  • Trustee, RAVC Benevolent Fund (June 2017 onward)

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Member, British Veterinary Association
  • Member and Past President, Association of Government Veterinarians
  • Fellow and Council Member, Central Veterinary Society
  • Member, Veterinary History Society
  • Council Member and past President, Royal Veterinary College Alumnus Association


  • October 2019 - present: Government Veterinary Services
  • June 2018 - present: Lead vet at Street Vet, Birmingham
  • December 2016 - June 2017: Occasional locum at VetsNow 
  • 1989 - October 2019: Commissioned into the RAVC

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • Master of Science (Food Science), Reading University 1991
  • Master of Defence Administration, Cranfield University 2001
  • Master of Arts (Defence Studies), King's College, London 2002

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

None relevant

Other relevant information

Wife is an RCVS recognised specialist.

Member, Prospect (Trade Union): February 2020 - present

Branch Secretary, Prospect (Trade Union): June 2021 - present