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Chris Tufnell stands down as Fellowship Chair

8 February 2024

The Chair of the RCVS Fellowship Board, the governing body for the Fellowship, has decided to stand down to allow him to focus on his work as a clinical practitioner.

A portrait image of Chris TufnellDr Chris Tufnell FRCVS (pictured), who was elected to the role by RCVS Fellows in 2022, said: “This was a very difficult decision for me to take as I have greatly enjoyed my time as Chair. Due to a combination of increased workload and the challenges of staffing I have decided to step down in order to focus on my role as an equine clinician and my team.

“It has been wonderful to have contributed to this brilliant and learned institution over the past few years and I am sure that the next Chair will be equally passionate in advancing its strategic aims to promote scientific excellence, harness the expertise of Fellows and enrich the public discourse on veterinary science. I will, of course, continue to support the work of the Fellowship and take a keen interest in its progression.”

The election to replace Chris as Fellowship Board Chair will take place this summer. In the meantime, the current Fellowship Vice-Chair Dr Niall Connell FRCVS will step in as the Interim Chair.

Niall said: “Thank you so much to Chris for everything he’s done for the institution for these past two years, not least the two very interesting and engaging Fellowship Days. On behalf of the Fellowship Board, we also appreciate Chris’ candour in making this decision and wish him and his business all the best.”

More information about the RCVS Fellowship can be found on the dedicated RCVS Fellowship webpage

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