Professor David Argyle stands down from RCVS council after case against him closed

Following a recent decision by the Preliminary Investigation Committee (PIC) of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to close a case involving its junior vice-president (JVP) Professor David Argyle, Professor Argyle has announced his personal decision to resign from the RCVS council with immediate effect and, in so doing, to relinquish his position as JVP.

The PIC decision to take no further action marks the conclusion of its investigation into a concern that was raised formally last November involving allegations of bullying at Professor Argyle’s workplace, the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Argyle, who had previously decided to step aside from his JVP and council duties until the concern was investigated and concluded, said:

“Despite this outcome from the PIC discussions, I have now made the challenging decision to stand down from my position at the RCVS.

This is to ensure there is no further distraction to the college’s important work and activities and that whoever becomes the next JVP has the full support of council and RCVS members.

“It is also to reduce the toll this situation has taken on my family, colleagues and students, and on me personally.

“I am proud and privileged to have served on RCVS council for nearly 10 years and wish it well as it navigates the next chapter in its history.”

‘An exceptionally difficult situation’

RCVS president Mandisa Greene said: “I appreciate that this has been an exceptionally difficult situation and very upsetting for all involved.

“I understand why David has taken the difficult decision to stand down from the RCVS council and would like to thank him for his many years of service to the RCVS since joining the council in 2012.

I would also like to reassure colleagues once again that, throughout, the college has remained firmly committed to following due, proper and fair process in all its regulatory activities.

Following Professor Argyle’s decision to step down, the process for electing a new JVP for the current presidential year will commence.

As Professor Argyle was a Veterinary Schools Council appointee on the RCVS council, it will be for that body to elect a replacement council member.