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College appoints new chairs
Dr Bradley Viner (left) and Ian Arundale

RCVS statutory committees have fresh leadership

The RCVS Disciplinary Committee (DC) has appointed Ian Arundale as its new Chair, with Dr Martin Whiting as the new Vice-Chair. The second, the RCVS Preliminary Investigation Committee (PIC), has appointed Dr Bradley Viner.
 
The Disciplinary Committee conducts the RCVS disciplinary hearings, tribunals where charges are heard against a veterinary surgeon alleging that he or she is guilty of serious professional misconduct – the wording of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 is ‘disgraceful conduct in a professional respect’ – or that he or she is unfit to practise because of a criminal conviction.
 
Ian Arundale has now been appointed its new Chair following an application process from within existing DC members, with the final interview panel consisting of Amanda Boag (president at the time), Ian Green (current DC Chair) and Miran Uddin (an independent barrister who works in regulatory law). He begins his role in late October.
 
Ian is deputy chief constable of Cleveland Police and was a police officer for 32 years serving in South Wales, West Mercia and Dyfed-Powys police forces. He currently provides expert witness services to inquests, courts and public inquiries. He has worked internationally and has assisted police forces and organisations in the USA, India, the Far East and New Zealand. In addition to his work with the RCVS, Ian is also the chairperson of the Audit Committee for the City of Cardiff Council and is a board member of the International Law Enforcement Forum.
 
The PIC is a statutory committee tasked with investigating concerns made to the RCVS in which there is an arguable case for serious professional misconduct.

The Committee meets every fortnight to decide if there is a realistic prospect that the conduct of the veterinary surgeon in cases before them will be found to have fallen far below the standard expected and should be referred to the Disciplinary Committee, or whether they should be handled in an alternative way.
 
Dr Bradley Viner has been appointed as the new Chair of the RCVS PIC and began his role on 1 July 2019. He was appointed through an independent selection process led by an external HR consultancy, with RCVS Council ratifying the final appointments. He replaces Andrew Ash, who chaired the PIC from July 2015 up until Bradley’s appointment.
 
Bradley established his own small animal practice in Pinner, Middlesex, which then grew to a group of five practices in north-west London. In 2017 he sold his practices to the Linnaeus Group and now works for them as Group Clinical Quality Lead across all their sites.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017 for Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice. Bradley was an elected member of RCVS Council between 2005 and 2017, including four years as RCVS treasurer and one year as RCVS president in 2015-16.

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New York to ban sale of foie gras

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 New York City councillors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation that will see the ban of foie gras in the city. The move, which comes in response to animal cruelty concerns, will take effect in 2022.


 Councillor Carlina Rivera, who sponsored the legislation, told the New York Times that her bill “tackles the most inhumane process” in the commercial food industry. “This is one of the most violent practices, and it’s done for a purely luxury product,” she said.


 Foie gras is a food product made of the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened, often by force-feeding. New York City is one of America’s largest markets for the product, with around 1,000 restaurants currently offering it on their menu. 

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Humane Slaughter Association student scholarships open for applications

Applications for the Humane Slaughter Association’s student/trainee Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships are now open.

The Scholarships provide funding to enable students or trainees in the industry to undertake a project aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during marketing, transport and slaughter. The project may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year, or during the summer break.

The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28 February 2020. To apply and for further information visit www.hsa.org.uk/grants or contact the HSA office.