RCVS Day - the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' AGM and Awards Day - saw the investiture of the new President, Col Neil Smith, on 5 July 2013, at the Royal College of Physicians, London.
Neil Smith graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1989, and was commissioned into the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC). He has held a mixture of clinical, staff and command positions, and has worked in many places throughout the world. Neil is currently the Director Army Veterinary and Remount Services, effectively the Chief Veterinary Officer for the Army and Head of the RAVC, which has over 35 Veterinary Officers as well as 350 soldiers. He also holds an appointment from the Queen as her Honorary Veterinary Surgeon.
Neil has Masters Degrees in Food Science, Defence Administration and Defence Studies. He has also worked part-time in small animal practice (including the Blue Cross, of which he is now a Trustee), and was heavily involved in the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001.
Neil has also previously been President of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) Student Union Society, the RVC Alumnus Association, the Southern Counties Veterinary Society, and the Association of Government Veterinarians. He is currently a Council member of the Central Veterinary Society, and has previously sat on the British Veterinary Association's Veterinary Policy Group.
First elected to Council in 2004, Neil was re-elected in 2010 after a short break. He has served on Education, Advisory, Preliminary Investigation, and Planning and Resources Committees, and on the Veterinary Nurses Council.
In taking on the role of President, Neil thanked Jacqui Molyneux for her "knowledge and determination" over the year, saying: "I would like thank Jacqui for guiding us through a busy and challenging year of significant organisational change. She has been an approachable and down-to-earth President."
He also looked forward to his year in office, commenting on the new strategic plan that is under development, and saying: "I look forward to playing my part in taking the College into the next phase of its evolution and I am encouraged by the appetite for change shown by my fellow Council members - and indeed the profession at large."
At the event, Dr Jerry Davies stood down as Vice-President, with outgoing President Jacqui Molyneux thanking him for his "steadfastness" and support.
As she stood down from the role of President, Jacqui Molyneux became Vice-President, Professor Stuart Reid took up the role of the second Vice-President, and Dr Bradley Viner was reconfirmed as Treasurer.
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