Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

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Job Description

6 lay members for the RCVS Council and 1 lay member for the VN Council

The RCVS was established in 1844 by Royal Charter to be the governing body of the veterinary profession with the purpose of safeguarding the interests of the public and animals by ensuring that only those registered with the RCVS practise veterinary surgery. The RCVS is committed to veterinary care; through regulation of the educational, ethical and clinical standards of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, thereby protecting the interests of those dependent on animals, and assuring public health.

In July the governance structure is set to change following new legislation. As a result of this, the RCVS is looking to appoint 6 new lay members to the RCVS Council. In addition, there is a requirement for 1 replacement lay member to join the Veterinary Nurse (VN) Council. The work of these Councils are of incredible importance to the College. Some of the main roles of the members of the RCVS Council are as follows:

- To undertake the governance of the College, in accordance with the Act and the Charter.
- To attend Council Meetings (normally six a year)
- To agree the Strategic Plan; the five-year financial plan and the budget for the
forthcoming year;
-      To ensure that income and expenditure are properly accounted for, investments
prudently made and audited accounts presented in the Annual Report and at the AGM;
- To elect the President, Vice-Presidents and Treasurer and determine the composition
of committees;

The VN Council has overall responsibility for all matters concerning veterinary nurse training, post-qualification awards and the registration of qualified veterinary nurses. Full terms of reference for both councils can be found at

All lay members must:

- have relevant experience at a senior (executive or non-executive) level eg. board level
or equivalent
- have understanding and knowledge of corporate governance, strategy and policy
development, risk management and financial controls.
-     have a general understanding of and interest in professional regulation, the veterinary
professions, consumer protection and, animal health and welfare

Candidates will need to provide evidence in their application form of relevant knowledge and experience.

Remuneration: Loss of earnings is set at a maximum of £310.00 per day (if applicable) and expenses will be covered for these roles.

Closing date: 17.00hrs on 16 April 2018

Interviews: Thewlis Graham Associates will interview candidates on 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8 May. The RCVS Independent Selection Panel will interview shortlisted candidates on 1, 5 and 6 June 2018.

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+44 (0)20 7850 4781.

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