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Paintings made public

In our 168 years we have collected a wealth of paintings, enough to fill a small gallery! We are by no means unique in this so it’s no surprise that the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and the BBC started an ambitious project to put all the UK’s oil paintings in public ownership online. They have […]

My lords, ladies and gentlemen…

Tonight the RCVS President will welcome to the College a group of those who have helped it run smoothly over the last year. Invitees to the President’s Reception include examiners, those involved with the Practice Standards Scheme, members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, presidents of the veterinary and veterinary nursing associations […]

Frontispiece from Mayhew's Dogs: their management

Changing times

The editorial in the issue of The Veterinary Record published 100 years ago today was titled  ‘Some changes in our profession’.  In it the author links the noticeable decline in equine veterinary work to the development of ‘motor traction’ but also notes that: “new channels of work are opening up to us in compensation…The two […]

Soga's entry in the RCVS roll of members

Making history: UK’s first black vet

October is Black History Month so this seems an appropriate time to look at the life and work of Jotello Soga the first black member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Jotello Festiri Soga  (1865-1906) was born in the Transkei, South Africa, the fifth son of the Reverend Tiyo Soga.  Reverend Soga had been educated […]

Illustration by Jean-Pierre Megnin one of the original Honorary Foreign Associates

Honouring our ‘professional brethren on the Continent’

Nominations are currently been sought for RCVS Honorary Fellowship or Honorary Associateship. These prestigious honours have a long history.  The  RCVS has had the power to bestow them since the Supplemental Charter of 1876, with the first Honorary Associateships made  in 1880. The minutes of the Council meeting of 29 July record President George Fleming’s […]

RCVS Flag displaying the arms

Flying the flag for RCVS Day

It is RCVS Day today – the day of our Annual General Meeting and Presentation of Awards. To mark the occasion the College flag is being flown on Belgravia  House.  The flag displays the College arms which were granted in July 1844. The official description in the Grant of Arms is: “Arms: argent, a cross […]

Guide to The RCVS Collection

Peeping behind the curtains: a look at our Historical Collection

Curious about what we keep behind our doors? Intrigued about the beginnings of the veterinary profession? Want to know the origins of the RCVS Presidential Regalia? We cover all that and more in an exciting new publication which the Trust and the RCVS have recently produced. The RCVS Collection: paintings, artefacts, presidential regalia, books and […]

Prioritisation Project

Celebrating women’s achievements

Thousands of events will take place around the world tomorrow to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).  This day has been observed, in one incarnation or another, for over 100 years.   Today, IWD celebrates women’s achievements and looks forward to a bright, safe and equal future for women. Over the next few days the Library blog will […]

Skeleton of Eclipse in the RCVS Museum

A green monkey, a baboon and…

The story of the RCVS Museum Collection is not particularly well known –  any attention it has received focussing on its most famous ‘resident’ the skeleton of Eclipse (donated in 1871 by Professor John Gamgee.)  This is a shame as it housed a number of other interesting items, as a glance at the catalogue (item […]