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RCVS announces two new appointments
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The RCVS has announced the appointment of a new director of HR and a new head of professional conduct.

Roles set to reduce time it takes to process concerns

The RCVS has announced the appointment of a new director of HR and a new head of professional conduct.

Velia Soames, who began work on Monday (13 February), has been named as the College’s new head of professional conduct.

Velia previously worked for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants as its director of professional standards & conduct. Ms Soames also worked at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and from 2008 to 2013 she was the head of regulation at the General Osteopathic Council.

Kim Cleland starts as the College’s new director of HR on Monday 3 April. Ms Cleland joins the RCVS from Diageo where she worked as acting head of HR global and Europe functions. Before that, she worked as leadership and development specialist and senior HR Business partner. She is particularly competent at delivering strategic direction and operational support.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Velia and Kim to the College,” commented Nick Stace, RCVS CEO. “These are two critical positions that will help us meet our ambitions to reduce the time it takes to process concerns and provide us with senior level strategic support in developing our people and a learning culture across the College and the profession.

“Being a recognised great place to work is something we take great pride in which provides us with the motivation to go further and achieve more.”

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 Veterinary professionals are being urged to take part in the #vets4vultures online fundraising campaign. Vultures are persecuted throughout the world and numbers of some species have fallen by 99.9 per cent in recent years. Wildlife Vets International rescue and rehabilitate the birds of prey, as well as training local vets. However, the charity needs to raise £18,000 for its conservation plans to go ahead next year.

It has been selected for The Big Christmas Give Challenge, which goes live on 28 November. To help practices encourage clients to get involved, there is an online promotional pack containing resources for websites and social media platforms.

For more information emailinfo@wildlifevetsinternational  

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