Some 58 fellows have been admitted this year out of a total of 65 applicants. Of those joining the fellowship, 39 have been recognised for meritorious contributions to clinical practice; 14 for meritorious contributions to the profession; and five for meritorious contributions to veterinary knowledge.
The RCVS fellowship is a learned society whose key purpose is to advance veterinary standards by providing a resource of independent knowledge for the benefit of the veterinary profession.
RCVS said it aims to do this by promoting scientific excellence, furthering professional skills and practice, and enriching the discourse about the importance of veterinary science to everyone.
Professor John Innes FRCVS was elected as chair of the fellowship board, which governs the scheme, last year. He said: “The number of new fellows this year is a real testimony to the depth and breadth of veterinary excellence that the Fellowship draws upon.
“I am delighted to preside over a record number of applicants and our efforts to widen the appeal of the fellowship and develop a clear strategy and direction of travel for the learned society has clearly paid off. I look forward to formally welcoming them later this year.”