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Niall Connell



Niall Connell, RCVS Council memberNiall qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1982 and started in mixed, mainly small animal practice in Fife before joining PDSA in 1984. He was there for nearly two years before moving back to Glasgow.

He was Senior Veterinary Surgeon at the Glasgow East PDSA Petaid Hospital for 15 years. During that time he was an honorary lecturer at Glasgow Vet School and an examiner in the finals.

He was a representative on PDSA Staff Association (Staff Consultation and Communication). He completed his Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1991.

Niall took ill health retirement because of MS in December 2009. He now does some work as a Clinical & Professional Skills Instructor at Glasgow Vet School. There he has been involved with tutoring on Veterinary Professionalism and Ethics, assessing OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) and DOPS (Direct Observation of Procedural Skills). He assesses Foundation, Clinical and Professional online student portfolios.

He has also helped out with communication skills, standard setting, professional induction, and the West of Scotland Reach Summer School programme.

He is married to Colette and they have three grown up children.

Council Member category

  • Elected: 2013 - 2023

Committee membership

  • Operational Board
  • Vet Futures Project Board
  • Brexit Taskforce
  • Advancement of the Profession Committee
  • Officer Team
  • Specialist Recognition and Advancement Practitioner Appeals Committee
  • Covid-19 Taskforce
  • Diversity & Inclusion Group
  • Estates Strategy Group
  • Register and Registration Sub-Committee 

Declaration of interests



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Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Member: British Small Animal Veterinary Association, British Veterinary Association, RCVS Knowledge, Veterinary Defence Society, BVLGBT+ Group
  • Member: Veterinary Council of Ireland Committee of Education and Training Grant Evaluation Working Group (October 2020)
  • Member: Veterinary Council of Ireland UCD Accreditation Team (June 2021)
  • Regional representative: AVMA Nottingham VS Accreditation Team (June 2022)


  • 2014 – End May 2020: Occasional Instructor with Vets Now Cutting Edge Programme
  • 2012 – Present: Glasgow Vet School (contract work)
  • 2010 – Present: Ill Health Retirement
  • 1984 – 2009: PDSA
  • 1983 – 1984: Kingdom Veterinary Centre, Glenrothes, Fife

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Guest of PetPlan at their Awards Ceremony Dinner - 9 April 2015