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Published: 28 July 2016

Veterinary honour for education specialist and clinical psychologist

Congratulations to Professor David Lane on his recent Honorary Associate conferment from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for services to education and professional development.

David, who graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1984, is Director of the Professional Development Foundation established to enable individuals and organisations to develop work-based research, consultancy and educational activities.

He is a vital contributor to the veterinary profession through his advancement of veterinary education. David has promoted the development of evidence-informed modules for professional development, created Master’s and Doctorate degree programmes for the veterinary profession and helped develop the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Practice and the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status in Veterinary Primary Care.

His citation read: “David’s dedication to the veterinary field has not only raised the importance of primary care, but it has enhanced the quality and standards of veterinary practice across the UK.”

Associateship of the RCVS is a prestigious honour conferred to a small number of non-members of the RCVS each year, in recognition of their special contribution.

David’s early career was spent in banking, before he switched to youth work, teaching and counselling. He subsequently specialised in psychology and was appointed by the Inner London Education Authority Schools Psychology Service as Director of the Islington Educational Guidance Centre from 1975 to 1988.

In 1975 with others, he also founded what was to become the Professional Development Foundation as a network to promote high level, research-led, work-based professional development.

During this same period David was an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Middlesex Hospital/University College London in the Academic Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences.

For 20 years he served as a JP on the Adult Bench in London hearing all cases prior to trial and serving as Presiding Magistrate for trials.

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