Published: 04 November 2019

A message from Chris Proudman:

At the beginning of October I was pleased to be invited to attend a meeting of RCVS Council where a final decision was made on accreditation of our degree programme. Following favourable reports from the RCVS team that inspected the School in February, Council voted without dissent to recommend accreditation.

This is excellent news! It means that a formal request for a recognition order will be sent to Privy Council and, following a statutory period for review by parliament, will become active at the end of this year.

The practical implication of being subject to a recognition order is that receipt of a University of Surrey BVMSci degree will entitle the holder to automatic membership of the RCVS.

You may also be aware that our accreditation visit included representatives from the veterinary regulatory bodies of South Africa (SAVC) and Australia/New Zealand (AVBC). Both councils have reviewed the reports of their representatives and I am pleased to report that they have agreed to recognise our BVMSci degree. Surrey veterinary graduates are now entitled to register to work in both jurisdictions without taking further exams.

The School is delighted to receive the professional recognition that it has been working towards since 2013. We have also identified further accreditation targets that will increase the visibility and international recognition of our BVMSci degree programme.

Chris Proudman, Head of School, October 2019.



A picture of (from left to right) Dr Susan Paterson, Chair of the RCVS Education Committee; Professor Chris Proudman, Head of School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey; and Dr Niall Connell, RCVS President, is available to download via this link:

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