New vet schools are not needed in the UK was the conclusion of a contentious debate held by members at the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress last month. More than 70% of voters disagreed with the debate motion this house believes that new vet schools will benefit equine veterinary practice in the UK. This [...]
Phenylbutazone presence in horses prompts RCVS to remind vets of responsibilities
A small number of horses have tested positive for the presence of phenylbutazone, which, if consumed, can be harmful to human health.
Defra and the FSA have asked for the assistance of the profession in ensuring that treatment with phenylbutazone is properly recorded in Horse Passports and have said that they are working together to understand the cause of the positive tests, and what longer term measures can be put in place to stop this happening.
Read more at RCVS.
Vetstream will be at the London Vet Show from 15-16th November
The London Vet Show is one of the busiest veterinary events in the UK with exhibitors including the BVA and RCVS. The show includes sponsor-led seminars, CPD lectures, business seminars and an extensive scientific programme.
Vetstream will be bringing its iPad offer to Stand I 75. If you’re attending make sure to stop by!
More details can be found at the London Vet Show.
The RCVS Charitable Trust is supporting an open symposium to discuss the potential for developing a range of evidence-based resources for the veterinary profession
The event, titled “The Sceptical Vet: Eminence or Evidence? Finding the best way forward for the veterinary profession”, will be held on Tuesday 30 October 2012, 10.30-5.00pm followed by a reception. The venue will be the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London.
Delegates will represent both the human medical and veterinary fields, and are likely to include pioneers in the discipline, sceptics and people who wish to know more about evidence-based veterinary medicine (EVM).
The symposium furthers the cause of the One Health Initiative, which has the ultimate aim of bringing all medical practitioners together.
To register your place visit the RCVS
563 vets removed from RCVS Register due to non-payment
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has published a list ) of those veterinary surgeons removed from the RCVS Register of Veterinary Surgeons from 1 June for non-payment of retention fees, and who remain off the Register as of 31 July 2012.
The registration status of a veterinary surgeon can be checked at any time on the RCVS register.
“If you know anyone who appears on this list and who is still working in the UK, you may wish to advise them they need to contact the RCVS as a matter of urgency to restore their name to the Register,” says Christine Fraser, RCVS Head of Registration.
For more information visit the RCVS site.
New Committee instated following RCVS overspend report
Elizabeth Butler (Chairman)
RCVS Council members
The new Committee was set up following recommendations in the RCVS Overspend Review Group’s report (otherwise known as the McKelvey Report).
The role of the Audit and Risk Committee is to support RCVS Council in meeting its oversight responsibilities. This will include:
• Monitoring the Council’s risk management arrangements
• Approving the internal audit programme
• Advising Council on the comprehensiveness and reliability of assurances and internal controls, including internal and external audit arrangements, and on the implications of assurances provided in respect of risk and control.
Nick Stace appointed as Chief Executive and Secretary of the RCVS
A long-standing consumer champion, Nick Stace held the post of Deputy CEO at Which?, he was also director at Consumers’ International and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Director of Strategic Communications.
The role of Chief Executive and Secretary is a new one – previously the Registrar led the executive of the College. One of Nick Stace’s first tasks will be to assist in recruitment of the Head of Legal Services/Registrar – a new role.
Nick will take up the role from 03 September 2012.
For more information visit the RCVS.
RCVS Council election ‘fair’ despite duplicate ballot papers
Concerns over voters potentially dual-voting due to duplicate ballot papers and multiple votes online have been discounted by Electoral Reform Services (ERS), who concluded ‘it was not possible to say there had been instances of dual voting’.
The ERS estimates the number of duplicate papers sent to voters numbers at 289, but hastened to add that even if the votes were discounted it would have had no difference on the result.
Read the ERS’ full statement.
Supreme Petfoods launch rabbit care campaign
The fortnightly campaign allows veterinary practices to opt-in to receive goodie bags containing rabbit food, hutch stickers and rabbit-friendly care guides.
RCVS Exotics Specialist Molly Varga has backed the campaign, encouraging all practices to consider taking part in the campaign to make veterinary practices more rabbit friendly.
For more information or to sign up visit Think Rabbit.
Record number of candidates stand for council elections
Amanda Boag and Christopher Barker, two new candidates, have been elected to be part of the RCVS Council, with Amanda Boag receiving the most votes of any candidate.
They join Catherine Goldie, Barry Johnson, Richard Stephenson and Stephen May and will take up or resume their seats at RCVS Day on 6 July.
Katherine Kissick and Elizabeth Figg have been elected following the VN Council ellection.
The elections saw a record number of candidates, but a disappointing voter turnout, with only 15.1% of vets and 7.5% of vet nurses voting by text, online or by post.
For a full list of results visit RCVS.