RCVS at early stage of disciplinary changes

01 Feb 2020

Connell, N.

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No decisions have yet been made, and nor would they be without consultation

Following publication of the news article ‘Standard of proof for disciplinaries could change’ (VR, 18 January 2020, vol 186, p 43), I am grateful for the opportunity to summarise the full range of discussion that RCVS Council considered for disciplinary procedures at its meeting on 23 January 2020 (of which potentially changing the standard of proof was only one element), and to provide some further background to council’s thinking. I emphasise that no decisions have yet been made, and nor would they be without consultation.

For some years now the RCVS has been looking at innovative and creative ways to modernise its regulatory procedures within the constraints of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, with the ongoing aim that they remain fit for purpose, maintain public trust and handle all cases fairly, objectively and, increasingly, compassionately.

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