A total of 38 UK veterinary surgeons will be welcomed as RCVS Fellows later.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons in the UK and is responsible for monitoring the educational, ethical and clinical standards of the veterinary profession.

Of those who were successful, 20 joined the Fellowship for Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice, eight for Meritorious Contributions to Knowledge and 10 for Meritorious Contributions to the Profession. Particularly significant was the fact that this year, more than half of the successful applicants were women.

Among those recognised this year are Fiona Lovatt, Pam Mossdale and Amanda Boag (pictured top).

Prof. John Innes, chair of the Fellowship Board which governs the learned society, commented: “It was a great pleasure to personally write to all of my wonderful colleagues whose applications for the Fellowship have been successful.

"They should be very proud that they have successfully made it through our rigorous but fair application process, and how they’ve contributed to our profession in various different fields of endeavour.

“At the outset of my time as chair, I said I wanted to broaden the make-up of the Fellowship, particularly in regards to gender as I was acutely aware that the fact we are now a majority-female profession, and that has not been quite reflected by the fellowship.

So, I am delighted that, for the first time, this year we saw a majority of the successful applicants were women and I hope that this trend towards a more diverse range of applicants will continue as we go forward.

“I look forward to welcoming and celebrating the achievement of all our successful applicants in the upcoming Fellowship Week, which promises to be an exciting occasion with talks and presentations on interesting topics and veterinary research from people at all stages of their veterinary careers.”

The RCVS Fellowship Week will take place between September 30 and October 7, 2021. The event will include a series of online activities, such as the Fellows of the Future student competition, and culminating with the virtual Fellowship Evening at 7:30p.m on Thursday, October 7, where the 38 new Fellows will be formally welcomed by Prof. Innes.

The full list of new Fellows can be found here on the RCVS website.