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RVC president awarded Queen’s Medal by RCVS
The Queen's Medal is the highest honour that the RCVS can give to an individual veterinary surgeon.
Stuart Reid CBE is recognised for services to the sector.

Stuart Reid CBE, the president and principal of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), has been awarded The Queen’s Medal for his services to the veterinary sector.

He was awarded the accolade by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) as part of its 2024 Annual General Meeting and Awards Day.

The Queen’s Medal is the highest honour that the RCVS can give to an individual veterinary surgeon. Approved by Queen Elizabeth in 2013, it celebrates those with a highly distinguished career, with outstanding achievements throughout.

As well as leading the RVC, Prof Reid is a past-president and council member of the RCVS.

Prof Reid has led the RVC since 2011 which, for the past four years of his tenure, has topped the QS World University Subject Rankings for veterinary science. He has been recognised by the RCVS as a specialist in epidemiology, and by the European Board of Veterinary Specialists for veterinary public health.

In 2019, Prof Reid was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in the USA. He holds Fellowships at the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases in the USA, and the RCVS.

As president of RCVS, he implemented a new Royal Charter to recognise veterinary nurses as a fully regulated profession. He also launched a consultation which proposed veterinary surgeons are given the courtesy title of ‘Dr’ – a consultation approved by RCVS council.

He has also run the London Marathon, raising money for animal welfare and mental health charities.

Prof Reid said: “I am surprised and honoured at the award of the Queen’s Medal – and I recognise that, in greater part, it has been the roles I have been fortunate to occupy and the people with whom I have been privileged to work that have led to this; truly, there is no greater compliment than recognition by one’s peers.

“Having been present 10 years ago at Buckingham Palace when the first Medal was awarded to Des Thompson by the late Queen, it is particularly special to be the most recent recipient.”

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.