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Proposals for the future of the RCVS Fellowship

This consultation has now closed.

Following the development of a series of proposals about the future of the RCVS Fellowship, we are keen to hear the views of the profession in regards to the suggested changes.

The proposals have been developed by a Fellowship Working Party set up by RCVS Council in 2013 with the aim of opening up membership to more veterinary surgeons. This follows the recommendation, in 2012, of the Specialisation Working Party, chaired by Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, to develop additional routes to Fellowship.

The Fellowship is one of the College’s highest awards but, currently, only around one per cent of the profession are Fellows.

Under these proposals we would introduce three new routes to Fellowship, enabling a greater proportion of veterinary surgeons from all areas of the profession, including those in clinical practice, to have a more realistic chance of joining.

The two current routes to entry – Fellowship by Thesis and Meritorious Contributions to Learning – would be changed to Meritorious Contribution to the Veterinary Profession; Meritorious Contribution to Knowledge; and Meritorious Contribution to Clinical Practice.

The ultimate aim of these proposed changes would be to increase the number of Fellows to around five per cent of the practising profession, making it a more dynamic organisation and one whose collective knowledge and experience we can make better use of.

Please download the consultation document from the ‘Related documents’ section on this page for full details of the proposals and the reasons behind them.

You can respond to the consultation by completing our online survey or by filling out and returning the questionnaire included in the consultation paper. The deadline for responses is Friday 4 July 2014.