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Stuart Reid awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Stuart has been a tireless campaigner for setting and advancing standards within the UK veterinary profession.

RVC principal recognised for contributions to the veterinary profession

Former RCVS president Stuart Reid has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Stuart received the honour for his contributions to the veterinary profession and higher education. A member of RCVS Council since 2005, he served as RCVS president from 2014-15 and is currently principal of the RVC.

Stuart said: “I am delighted and humbled. It is truly a privilege to have had the opportunity to be part of both the veterinary profession and the university community, and to have worked with colleagues throughout my career who have a huge commitment to the common good.

“I am very grateful that the importance of animal health, education and science is being acknowledged in this way.”

During his career, Stuart has been a tireless campaigner for setting and advancing standards within the UK veterinary profession. As chair of the Education Policy and Specialisation Committee in 2011, he oversaw the College’s review of veterinary specialisation, which led to the new Advanced Practitioner Status.

Stuart has also been the driving force behind the joint BVA and RCVS Vet Futures Project and, as chair of the RCVS governance panel, led wholesale reform to the College’s governance arrangements. He also chairs the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the veterinary team.

RCVS chief executive Lizzie Lockett commented: “We have been incredibly fortunate to have someone of Stuart’s calibre, character and international renown on our Council for so many years. His contributions and commitment to the RCVS, as well as to the wider veterinary professions, are as significant as they are often understated.
“On behalf of RCVS Council and all the staff, I should like to say how delighted we are that he has been honoured in this way. Such recognition is very much deserved and we send him our warmest congratulations.”

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