Some 31 veterinary surgeons were informed this week that their applications to join the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Fellowship were successful and will formally be welcomed to the learned society later this year.
Of those who were successful, 18 joined the Fellowship for meritorious contributions to clinical practice, eight for meritorious contributions to knowledge, and five for meritorious contributions to the profession. Fifteen of the successful applicants this year were women, while 16 were men.
Professor John Innes, chair of the Fellowship Board commented: “It was again an honour to personally write to this year’s successful fellowship applicants and to welcome them to our learned society. The standard of applications this year continues to illustrate the enormous contribution that fellows make to our profession.
“I send each and every one of them my warmest congratulations on this wonderful achievement.
“I am also pleased that we have been able to maintain the success of the previous year’s efforts to increase the diversity of the Fellowship with regards to gender, attaining a broadly even gender split this year. Going forward our intention is to look at ways we can encourage applications from other under-represented groups.
“I look forward to the opportunity to meet all our successful applicants at the upcoming Fellowship Day. This promises to be an especially exciting occasion, not only being the first time in three years since we have been able to host Fellowship Day in person, but also bringing together all those awarded a Fellowship from 2020 to 2022.”
The RCVS Fellowship Day is taking place on 11 November 2022 at the Royal Institution where the 31 new Fellows will be formally welcomed by the Fellowship Board Chair. Further details on the event will be released in the autumn.