Neil Smith



NS test3Colonel Neil Smith graduated from the RVC in 1989, and joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. 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 an RCVS Council elected member, and was RCVS President 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 and a trustee/director of VetLife.

He 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 commands 203(Welsh) Field Hospital, headquartered in Cardiff, and is the Chief Veterinary Officer for the Army. He also holds the appointment of the Queen’s Honorary Veterinary Surgeon.


Council Member category

  • Elected: 2014 - 2022


Committee membership

  • PIC and DC Liaison Committee
  • Riding Establishments Subcommittee

Declaration of interests


  • CVO for the armed forces
  • Director Rastrick Services Ltd
  • Board Member, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) Wales
  • Trustee/Director VetLife (July 2017 onward)



Appointments to other bodies

  • 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


  • June 2018 - present Lead vet at Street Vet, Birmingham
  • December 2016 - June 2017 Occasional locum at VetsNow 
  • 1989 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

None that I'm aware of