Professor Stuart Reid was elected to be the next vice president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) at the RCVS council’s March meeting.
Reid, principal of the Royal Veterinary College, joined the RCVS council in 2005 and has served on a variety of committees.
“It is an honour and privilege to be nominated for the officer team,” said Stuart.
“Having grown up in a veterinary household, the profession, and practice in particular, has been part of my life from as far back as I can remember. The opportunity to serve in a leadership role at a time when the profession at large faces so many challenges and our organisation itself is undergoing such fundamental change is as exciting as it is potentially daunting.”
Reid graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 and began his career in practice in Aberdeenshire, completing a PhD in 1992. Having worked in Africa, Australia and the USA, Stuart became Dean of Glasgow’s Veterinary Medicine in 2005, before becoming Royal Veterinary College principal in 2011.
Stuart continued: “The College’s role as a regulator and standard bearer is at the core of all our activities and I hope that I will be able to bring a comparative view from the profession elsewhere in the world, at the same time as helping us retain the professional continuum from science base to clinical practice.
“We must broaden awareness in the profession and the public of the work the College does and seek greater engagement at every level. It will only be through reaching out that we can be a council and a profession that reflect the society and communities we serve, fit for purpose and fit for practice in everything we do.”