Magnificent seven: first Nottingham students become RCVS members
22 June 2011
Seven graduands from The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science have become the first from the new School to become RCVS members, at our offices in London last week [16 June 2011].
Nottingham is the first new veterinary school in the UK for over 50 years, and the process to recognise its degree for the purposes of RCVS membership is currently in its final stages.
Following a visitation and audit process, RCVS Council unanimously recommended the degree’s approval to the Privy Council, where the final decision lies.
Generally, veterinary graduates become RCVS members – which they need to be in order to practise in the UK – at a ceremony on the day of their graduation.
However, sometimes they wish to start work before graduation and can therefore apply to register as graduands, as in this case.
Although formal Privy Council approval of the Nottingham degree is still awaited, RCVS external examiners have overseen the School’s final exams during the last year of the course to ensure that they meet the required standards.
The Nottingham graduation ceremony will take place on 22 July, when a further 77 students will graduate, and those wishing to practise in the UK will become members of the College.
The RCVS 2010 Survey of the Veterinary and Veterinary Nursing Professions indicated that, on average, new graduates took one month to find work on graduating, with 63% going straight into clinical practice.