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RC VS

FA C T S
2011

THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS: PART 2

Welcome to RCVS Facts, Part 2 of our reporting on RCVS activities in 2011. Here you will find everything from the number of UK veterinary students, through the distribution of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses across the country, to our accounts for 2010. For a more personal account of our activities, look out for RCVS Review, where you can read about six of our key projects through the eyes of those involved. It can be downloaded from www.rcvs.org.uk/review. Year in review: 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011.

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CONTENTS

Profile of the professions


Numbers and distribution of the profession Breakdown of members by category of registerable qualification Breakdown of UK-practising members by category of employment Breakdown of principal RCVS membership categories Breakdown of UK veterinary practice categories Numbers of veterinary surgeons/veterinary nurses in the UK Numbers of veterinary premises/PSS veterinary premises in the UK Number of new registrations Trends in registration of veterinary surgeons Fees for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses Registration of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses UK-practising members by age and gender 4 5 5 5 5 6 6 7 8 9 9 10

RCVS Awarding Body


Numbers of veterinary nurse training practices and Centres Student veterinary nurse candidate registrations Veterinary nursing examination entries and pass rates Level 3 practical examination entries and pass rates Numbers enrolling as student veterinary nurses and those going on to qualify 11 11 11 11 11

Education
Undergraduate student numbers Number of candidates enrolled onto a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice module Number of enrolled candidates and those who have obtained Certificate qualifications Number of enrolled candidates and those who have obtained Diploma qualifications Current holders of RCVS postgraduate qualifications and awards Successful Diploma holders by subject Number of Diplomas in Advanced Veterinary Nursing awarded 12 14 16 17 18 18 18

Complaints, advice and disciplinary


Number and type of case examinations and PIC investigations Average time (in weeks) taken to close complaints Number and category of complaints and written requests for advice received Summary of Disciplinary Committee hearings 19 19 19 20

Finance and accounts


Breakdown of income 2009 Breakdown of income 2010 Breakdown of expenditure 2010 and 2009 RCVS Group Accounts activities year ended 31 December 2010/2009 RCVS Group Accounts balance sheet as at 31 December 2010/2009 Veterinary nursing and Awarding Body income and expenditure Corporate governance 22 22 23 24 25 26 27

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PROFILE OF THE PROFESSIONS

Table 1. Numbers and distribution of the profession


Names entered on General List I General List II Commonwealth List Foreign List Temporary List Supplementary Veterinary Register Total number of registrants UK-practising Government service1 Universities and colleges Research institutes Industry and commerce Charities and trusts General practice or other2 804 889 24 221 479 14,843 17,260 Overseas-practising Non-practising United Kingdom Overseas 2,395 514 2,909 Republic of Ireland3 Other Temporary List Supplementary Veterinary Register 10 9 19 Total number of registrants 23,888 15 9 24 24,576 1,151 2,478 517 2,995 1,128
3

31/3/10 17,516 3,597 2,239 517 10 9

Totals 31/3/11 18,009 3,832 2,187 524 15 9 23,888

Totals

Notes General List I members who have a recognised UK qualification. General List II members who have a scheduled EU qualification. Commonwealth List members who have an accepted Commonwealth qualification, or who have a Commonwealth qualification and have passed the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership. Foreign List members who have an accepted overseas qualification, or who have an overseas qualification and have passed the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership. Temporary List temporary members or visiting European veterinary surgeons. Supplementary Veterinary Register members who were, or were entitled to be, Registered Veterinary Practitioners prior to the introduction of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.
1

24,576

815 956 21 208 446 15,371 17,817 2,612

Includes the Scottish Agricultural College. This figure is calculated by subtraction and includes all members of the profession not allocated elsewhere, in addition to those in general practice. Veterinary surgeons resident in the Republic of Ireland who qualified before 1 June 1988 and remain RCVS members (and who must also register with the Veterinary Council of Ireland).

2,549

... the percentage of new registrants who graduated in the UK

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Figure 1. Breakdown of members by category of registerable qualification


0.1% 2.1% 8.9% <0.1%

Figure 2. Breakdown of UK-practising members by category of employment


4.6% 5.4% 0.1% 1.2% 2.5%

15.6%

73.3%

86.3%

General List I General List II Commonwealth List

Foreign List Temporary List Supplementary Veterinary Register

Government service Universities and colleges Research institutes

Industry and commerce Charities and trusts General practice or other

Figure 3. Breakdown of principal RCVS membership categories


1,128 (4.6%) 1,240 (5.1%) 1,755 (7.1%) 2,612 (10.6%)

Figure 4. Breakdown of UK veterinary practice categories


211 (4.1%) 133 (2.6%)

1,420 (27.7%)

56 (0.2%)

17,761 (72.4%)

613(12%)

2,752 (53.7%)

UK-practising UK-postgraduate Overseas-practising

Non-practising Non-practising 70+ Irish

Small animal Mixed animal Not recorded

Equine Large animal

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Figure 5. Numbers of veterinary surgeons/veterinary nurses in the UK


23 / 15

Figure 6. Numbers of registered veterinary premises/PSS registered veterinary premises in the UK


8/2

522 / 166

133 / 64

1357 / 460

288 / 121

724 / 109

681 / 380

149 / 30

215 / 132

26 / 7 1279 / 247 / 72 808

1081 / 568

3/3 332 / 208


404 / 207

984 / 631 935 / 711

69 / 30 315 / 182 1491 / 895 31 / 6 165 / 89


1452 / 863

283 / 124

169 / 35 504 / 229 47 / 34 669/ 378 804 / 437 31 / 19 619/ 326 1091 / 706

381 / 184 165 / 76 280 / 167


389 / 205

6/6

1200 / 856

1222 / 906 228 / 121

166 / 89

392 / 211

431 / 226

17 / 5

Regions based on those used in the RCVS Directory of Veterinary Practices.

NB 332/208 = 332 registered veterinary premises in region, including 208 registered premises under the ambit of the Practice Standards Scheme (PSS). Totals = 4,562/2,488

... the total number of premises on the Register of Veterinary Practice Premises

... the percentage of veterinary premises under the ambit of the Practice Standards Scheme

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PROFILE OF THE PROFESSIONS

Table 2. Number of new registrations 2005/06 2010/11, based on registrant's country of graduation/qualification recognition
Annual Report Year Overseas (Non-EU/EEA) Australia Canada New Zealand South Africa United States of America Sub-total (Non-EU/EEA) Overseas (EU/EEA) Austria Belgium Bulgaria1 Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Netherlands Norway [EEA] Poland Portugal Romania1 Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland [EEA] Sub-total (EU/EEA) 2005/06 129 8 40 37 11 228 7 27 12 4 8 2 13 34 9 29 45 56 3 14 15 3 104 30 51 0 102 2 9 579 2006/07 121 7 27 46 17 218 6 34 0 11 4 1 1 19 36 8 22 34 48 9 17 22 0 103 20 0 43 1 69 1 10 519 2007/08 101 6 38 30 15 190 13 26 8 8 2 0 4 8 39 11 8 36 54 4 6 15 1 90 17 38 32 0 64 1 8 493 2008/09 83 4 19 37 12 155 1 20 9 4 5 0 0 15 45 10 21 35 62 2 7 5 1 35 30 56 21 1 66 0 3 454 2009/10 72 5 40 20 9 146 5 16 13 2 9 0 0 13 24 4 18 53 50 1 6 11 1 19 19 39 11 1 46 3 5 369 2010/11 72 8 21 20 21 142 7 16 19 5 2 1 0 12 31 10 20 59 39 5 15 9 2 20 23 59 7 4 65 1 4 435

Overseas (Statutory Examination for Membership) 14 Total overseas UK graduates Total number of registrations
1

18 755 569 1,324

12 695 628 1,323

13 622 630 1,252

14 529 736 1,265

17 594 708 1,302

821 565 1,386

Not eligible for registration until 01/01/2007.

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Figure 7. Trends in registration of veterinary surgeons

Overseas (Non-EU/EEA)
350 300 250 200

Overseas (EU/EEA)
600 500 400 300

150 100 50 0 05/06 06/07 200 100 0 05/06 06/07

07/08

08/09 09/10 10/11

07/08

08/09 09/10 10/11

Overseas (RCVS Statutory Membership Examination)


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Total Overseas
1,000

800 15 600 10 400

200

0 05/06 06/07

07/08

08/09 09/10 10/11

0 05/06 06/07

07/08

08/09 09/10 10/11

UK Graduates
800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 05/06 06/07 07/08 08/09 09/10 10/11

Total Registrations
1,500

1,200

900

600

300

0 05/06 06/07

07/08

08/09 09/10 10/11

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Table 3. Fees for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses


01/04/10 () Veterinary surgeons Registration fees Registration (between 01/04 & 30/09) Registration (between 01/10 & 31/03) New graduates Temporary registration Annual retention fees UK-practising Postgraduate (approved by RCVS Council prior to 01/04/10) Overseas-practising Non-practising Non-practising (70+) Supplementary Veterinary Register Restoration fees Following voluntary removal2 Following non-payment removal (on the first occasion)3 Veterinary nurses Registration fee Annual retention fee (due by 01/11) Restoration fee 98 60 98 102 61 102 147 294 75 299 294 147 147 48 Free Free 299 150 150 49 Free Free 731 73 73
1 1

01/04/11 ()

299 150 150 294

294

NB Council approved changes to registration, retention and restoration fee structures in June 2010. 1 Plus proportion of UK-practising retention fee expressed in quarters of the year. In 2010, the registration fee did not include the annual retention fee, but in 2011, the registration fee is fully inclusive. 2 Plus proportion of relevant retention fee for the remaining year. 3 Plus full retention fee for membership category at time of removal. Restoration fee increases by 100% for each subsequent removal for non-payment.

Table 4. Registration of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses


Numbers are as of 31 March 2011, or for year ending 31 March 2011. 2009 Veterinary surgeons Total on Register New registrations Removed Restored Veterinary nurses Total on List Total on Register
1

2010 23,388 1,186 964 355 1,858 7,162 9,020 499

2011 24,576 1,302 737 501 1,545 8,177 9,722 570

23,311 1,252 1,157 243 2,233 6,174 8,407 566

Total on List/Register Removed from List/Register


1

The non-statutory Register of Veterinary Nurses opened on 1 September 2007.

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PROFILE OF THE PROFESSIONS

Figure 8. UK-practising members by age and gender

Female (9,604) Male (8,211)

2,000

Number of members

1,500

1,000

500

<=25

26-30

31-35

36-40

41-45

46-50

51-55

56-60

61-65

66-70

71-75

76-80

81-85

86-90

91-95

Age group in years

... the percentage of UK-practising veterinary surgeons over 45 who are female

... the percentage of UK-practising veterinary surgeons under 45 who are female

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RCVS AWARDING BODY

Table 5. Numbers of veterinary nurse training practices and Centres


01/01/09 Training practices VNACs 1,547 44 01/01/10 1,642 44 01/01/11 1,6901 472

This does not include suspended TPs (suspended TPs have been included in previous years figures). This includes six centres approved for delivery of NVQ awards only, which will discontinue shortly when NVQ students have completed.

Table 6. Student veterinary nurse candidate registrations


2008 Total % undergraduates 1,063 20% 2009 1,066 29% 2010 1,083 25%

Table 7. Veterinary nursing examination entries (pass rates: %)


2008 Summer SA Level 2 Level 3 Eq 677 23 (91) (83) 510 10 (94) (100) 33 Winter SA 340 (92) 275 (95) 615 Eq 3 0 3 March SA 65 (93) 55 (89) 120 Eq 1 (n/a) 0 2009 July SA 630 (81) 582 (92) Eq 25 (64) 13 (79) 38 November SA 426 (77) 325 (88) 751 Eq 15 (71) 4 (50) 19 March SA 157 (65) 256 (83) 413 Eq 11 (33) 3 2010 July SA Eq 684 29 (86) (100) 571 17 (92) (93) 46 November SA Eq 345 4 (84) (100) 307 8 (97) (100) 652 12

Totals 1,247

1 1,212

14 1,255

NB Pass rates for first-attempt candidates only. SA = small animal; Eq = equine.

Table 8. Level 3 practical examination entries and % pass rates


March 2009 SA Total entries 166 % pass rate
1

June 2010 2009 SA 342 76 Eq 16 87 SA 370 74 2010 Eq 11 80 SA 312 63 Eq 0

September 2009 Eq 0 SA 313 61 2010 Eq 0 SA 348 66

December 2009 Eq 4 0 SA 375 64 2010 Eq 12 100

Eq 0

SA 210 66

83

Pass rates for first-attempt candidates only.

Table 9. Numbers enrolling as student veterinary nurses and those going on to qualify
200406 No enrolled No eligible to List/Register % eligible 1,132 673 60% 200507 1,044 788 76% 200608 991 598 60% 200709 1,051 766 73% 200810 1,063 844 79%

A more detailed Annual Report for the Awarding Body is available online at www.rcvs.org.uk/abreport.

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Table 10. Undergraduate student numbers 2010 to 2011


UK veterinary school students Admissions to the first year of the veterinary course in 2010/2011 Admissions to the second or later year of the veterinary course in 2010/2011 Students admitted with a veterinary degree

M UK Bristol EU Overseas UK Cambridge EU Overseas UK Edinburgh EU Overseas UK Glasgow EU Overseas UK Liverpool EU Overseas UK London EU Overseas UK Nottingham TOTALS EU Overseas 30 1 1 20 0 0 17 0 5 21 0 15 23 1 0 38 0 4 27 1 1 205

F 85 1 5 52 1 2 62 4 31 68 1 44 94 3 3 116 4 16 64 2 16 674

Total 123

M 0 1 0 1

F 1 0 0 4 0 1 11 3 35 0 1 0 17 0 0 20 1 16 0 0 0 110

Total 2

M 2 0 0 1

F 2 1 1 4 0 1 11 4 50 5 1 36 26 0 0 23 1 31 14 0 0 211

Total 6

75

0 0 4

0 0 4

119

2 5 0

60

2 7 0

78

149

0 0 3

0 5 7

47

124

0 0 6

20

0 0 10

33

178

0 2 0

45

0 4 2

69

111 879

0 0 24

0 134

1 0 45

67 256

Total number of students in the six-year degree course at Cambridge, both the five-year and six-year degree courses at London, and the five-year degree courses at the other veterinary schools. These totals also include students on preparatory 'year-zero' courses. Bristol admitted four students: one UK male and three UK females; RVC admitted 35 students: ten UK males and 25 UK females; and, Nottingham admitted 17 students: two UK males and 15 UK females. All Cambridge students taking the six-year VetMB degree spend their third year taking the Cambridge tripos, leading to a BA degree.

All data supplied to the RCVS by the veterinary schools, as required by Section 5(5) of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.

... the total number of VN candidates eligible to register

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Total numbers attending the veterinary degree course1

Veterinary students taking an Numbers of intercalated intercalated science course degree holders2 in 2010/2011

Numbers of students obtaining a veterinary degree in 2010

M 116 4 1 99 0 2 98 6 40 119 0 49 116 0 57 217 2 23 112 3 6 1,070

F 410 7 15 289 4 8 337 35 195 256 0 164 256 1 174 779 16 92 393 10 30 3,421

Total 553

M 1 0 0 0

F 18 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 6 0 0 11 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 40

Total 19

M 10 0 0 0

F 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 19 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 47

Total 33

M 51 0 1 15

F 55 0 2 42 2 0 68 2 36 60 0 17 52 0 25 178 4 12 n/a n/a n/a 555

Total 109

402

0 0 5

0 0 0

0 0 16

59

711

0 0 0

0 0 1

0 3 21

125

588

0 1 0

0 1 0

1 6 19

105

604

0 0 3

0 1 4

0 6 29

102

1,129

3 0 n/a

17

1 1 n/a

25

0 4 n/a

227

504 4,491

n/a n/a 13

0 53

n/a n/a 19

0 66

n/a n/a 172

0 727

... the percentage of veterinary students starting their degree in 2010 who were male

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Table 11. Number of candidates enrolled onto a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice module, and those who have completed each module, as at 31 March 2011
Module code Module title Number of candidates enrolled on the module 810 77 158 3 4 45 497 30 8 31 28 33 47 43 49 15 38 34 35 6 2 4 9 5 12 9 10 57 53 51 4 2 1 3 7 8 11 3 5 Number of candidates completing the module 201 232 69 2 40 8 1 19 18 15 6 16 12 9 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1

A.PKS.1 B-CKS.0 B-EP .3 B-GVM.5 B-LAS.4 .2 B-PAP .1 B-SAP B-ZM.6 C-AWSEL.1 C-C.1 C-C.2 C-C.3 C-E.1 C-E.2 C-E.3 C-E.4 C-E.5 C-E.6 C-E.7 C-E.9 C-E.10 C-E.12 C-E.13 C-E.14 C-E.15 C-E.16 C-E.17 C-ECC.1 C-ECC.2 C-ECC.3 C-LAS.1 C-LAS.2 C-LAS.3 C-LAS.4 C-S.1 C-S.2 C-S.3 C-SAM.1 C-SAM.2

Professional Key Skills Clinical Key Skills Equine Practice Global Veterinary Medicine Laboratory Animal Science Production Animal Practice Small Animal Practice Zoological Medicine Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law Introduction & Theory Management and Diseases of Beef Cattle Dairy Nutrition and Production Dairy Health and Fertility Equine Gastrointestinal Disease & Intensive Care Equine Cardiovascular & Respiratory Diseases Equine General Medicine Equine Neuromuscular, Behaviour & Special Senses Basic Equine Surgery Equine Lameness (A) Equine Lameness (B) Mare Reproduction & Breeding Management Stallion Reproduction & Breeding Management Equine Dentistry Equine Dental Anatomy and Physiology Equine Dentistry Equine Dental Care, Diagnosis & Treatment Equine Dentistry Equine Dental Surgery Basic Equine Practice Part 1 Basic Equine Practice Part 2 Basic Equine Practice Part 3 Critical Care Emergency Care A Emergency Care B Laboratory Animals Anaesthesia & Analgesia Animal Models, Humane Endpoints & Study Design Laboratory Animals Genetically Modified Animals Diseases of Laboratory Animals Sheep - Diseases of Adult Sheep Sheep Reproduction, Pregnancy & Parturition Sheep Diseases of Lambs & Parasitic Diseases Canine Medicine (A) Canine Medicine (B)

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Module code

Module title

Number of candidates enrolled on the module 5 23 24 24 174 163 151 148 94 51 95 48 16 17 11 13 13 13 8 8 8 1 28 17 19 4 3 16 15 14 2 6 1 1 10 14 23 24 23

Number of candidates completing the module 1 5 1 1 1 2 1 1 10 10 10 2 2 6 5 7

C-SAM.3 C-SAM.4 C-SAM.5 C-SAM.6 C-SAM.8 C-SAM.9 C-SAM.10 C-SAS.1 C-SAS.2 C-SAS.3 C-SAS.6 C-SAS.7 C-VA.1 C-VA.2 C-VA.3 C-VC.1 C-VC.2 C-VC.3 C-VD.1 C-VD.2 C-VD.3 C-VD.4 C-VDI.1 C-VDI.2 C-VDI.3 C-VDI.4 C-VDI.5 C-VGP .1 C-VGP .2 C-VGP .3 C-VP .1 C-VP .2 C-VPH.1 C-VPH.2 C-ZM.1 C-ZM.3 C-ZM.4 C-ZM.5 C-ZM.6

Canine Medicine (C) Feline Medicine (A) Feline Medicine (B) Feline Medicine (C) Small Animal Medicine A Mixed Small Animal Medicine B Mixed Small Animal Medicine C Mixed Small Animal Surgery (core) Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery (A) Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery (B) Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery (A) Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery (B) Small Animal Anaesthesia & Analgesia Equine Anaesthesia & Analgesia Veterinary Anaesthesia Critical Care Analgesia Cardiovascular Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology Cardiovascular Diagnostics Cardiovascular Therapeutics Veterinary Dermatology Core Material Veterinary Dermatology Small Animal (A) Veterinary Dermatology Small Animal (B) Veterinary Dermatology Equine Diagnostic Imaging in Practice Diagnostic Imaging Small Animal Orthopaedics Diagnostic Imaging Small Animal Soft Tissue Diagnostic Imaging Large Animal (A) Diagnostic Imaging Large Animal (B) Veterinary General Practice Clinical Audit Veterinary General Practice Consultation Skills Veterinary General Practice Professional Responsibility & Practice Basic Tissue Pathology, Necropsy and Biopsy Clinical Pathology Laboratory Diagnostics Animal Welfare in the Food Chain Hygienic Production of Food Zoological Medicine Wildlife Zoological Medicine Small Pet Mammals Zoological Medicine Exotic Avian Species Zoological Medicine Reptiles Zoological Medicine Zoo Animals

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EDUCATION

Table 12. Number of enrolled candidates and those who have obtained Certificate qualifications as at 31 December 2010
Certificate subject Total number of Enrolled candidates Total certificates enrolled candidates who have obtained awarded since approval to sit the inception of subject examination 7 0 31 20 14 0 34 0 17 13 0 5 10 2 8 0 0 0 99 121 0 28 32 24 26 49 0 0 0 1 15 556 1 0 17 13 4 0 11 0 9 5 0 3 5 0 3 0 0 0 34 50 0 13 16 7 8 29 0 0 0 0 8 236 47 17 126 54 26 21 131 22 62 29 2 88 45 12 69 29 71 96 220 258 6 204 87 94 42 178 18 5 269 3 68 2,399

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law Bovine Reproduction Cattle Health & Production Equine Medicine (Int. Med.) Equine Medicine (Stud Med.) Equine Orthopaedics Equine Practice Equine Stud Medicine Equine Surgery (Orth.) Equine Surgery (Soft Tissue) Fish Health & Production Laboratory Animal Science Pig Medicine Poultry Medicine & Production Sheep Health & Production Small Animal Cardiology Small Animal Dermatology Small Animal Orthopaedics Small Animal Medicine Small Animal Surgery State Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Anaesthesia Veterinary Cardiology Veterinary Dermatology Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Veterinary Ophthalmology Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene) Veterinary Public Health (Food Hygiene) Veterinary Radiology Veterinary Reproduction Zoological Medicine Total (Certificates)

NB All Certificate subjects replaced by new RCVS modular Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (see Table 11) from 1 November 2007, hence, no further enrolments after this date.

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Table 13. Number of enrolled candidates and those who have obtained Diploma qualifications as at 31 December 2010
Diploma subject Total number of Enrolled candidates enrolled candidates who have obtained approval to sit the examination 6 14 2 6 3 1 0 7 1 0 3 1 0 0 15 2 0 3 7
2 3

Total diplomas awarded since inception of subject1 10 17 5 11 6 6 0 23 12 6 10 33 8 11 20 15 1 71 18 19 7 21 5 101 3 3 10 3 455

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law Cattle Health & Production Equine Internal Medicine Equine Orthopaedics Equine Soft Tissue Surgery Equine Stud Medicine Fish Health & Production Laboratory Animal Science Pig Medicine Poultry Medicine & Production Sheep Health & Production Small Animal Medicine
2

1 6 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 24

Small Animal Medicine (Feline)2 Small Animal Orthopaedics Small Animal Surgery (Orth.) Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue) State Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Anaesthesia2 Veterinary Cardiology Veterinary Dermatology Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging2 Veterinary Ophthalmology Veterinary Radiology
3 2 2

1 0 5 1 0 0 4 4 4 90

Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene) Veterinary Reproduction

Zoological Medicine (Avian) Zoological Medicine (Mammalian) Zoological Medicine (Reptilian) Total (Diplomas)
1

These figures include the following numbers of Foundation Diplomates: Equine Orthopaedics 2; Equine Stud Medicine 3; Laboratory Animal Science 5; Pig Medicine 5; Poultry Medicine & Production 5; Small Animal Orthopaedics 4; Veterinary Anaesthesia 3; Veterinary Cardiology 2; Veterinary Dermatology 5; Veterinary Ophthalmology 4; Veterinary Radiology 5. These subjects have been subsumed by the Diplomas of the respective European Colleges. No further enrolments after 1 November 2007. These subjects have been superseded by new RCVS qualifications and are no longer available.

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EDUCATION

Figure 9. Current holders of RCVS postgraduate qualifications and awards


RCVS Recognised Specialists RCVS Fellowship RCVS Diploma RCVS Certificate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice

319 2821 379 1,7852 26 Number of members

1 2

Includes 32 Honorary Fellows Does not include those who have subsequently gained a diploma in the same subject

Table 14. Successful Diploma holders by subject


Diploma in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Anne-Marie Jane Tarala BVMS CertWEL MRCVS James William Yeates BVSc CertWEL MRCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Mammalian) Richard Anthony Saunders BVSc BSc CertZooMed MRCVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) Robert Andrew Pettitt BVSc CertSAS MRCVS Simon Peter Roch BVM&S CertSAS MRCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine Adam George Gow BVM&S MRCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production Jonathan David Reader BVSc CertCHP MRCVS

Table 15. Number of Diplomas in Advanced Veterinary Nursing awarded


2008 DipAVN(Medical) DipAVN(Surgical) DipAVN(Small Animal) 10 10 n/a 2009 4 3 n/a 2010 0 4 27 2011 n/a n/a 24

NB: The DipAVN(Medical) and DipAVN(Surgical) qualifications were replaced in 2007 by the DipAVN(Small Animal) qualification; the last of the old, and first of the new, qualifications were awarded in 2010.

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COMPLAINTS, ADVICE AND DISCIPLINARY

Table 16. Number and type of case examinations and Preliminary Investigation Committee (PIC) investigations
2009/10 Announced visits to veterinary practices and complainants (including interviews) Unannounced visits to veterinary practices and complainants (including interviews) Referred to external solicitors (including formal witness statements taken) 33 (126) 3 (14) 30 2010/11 48 (159) 15 (33) 28 (139)

NB The complaints procedure provides for investigation at an early stage. Generally, it is the PIC that refers complaints to external solicitors.

Figure 10. Average time (in weeks) taken to close complaints1


This chart highlights average completion times for each stage shown, based on the 694 complaints closed during the year under review.

10
Co A mp sses lain sm t st ent arte 2 d0
1

20
Ca se e xam in PIC s atio n 18 firs t co

30

40
Afte inv r PIC est iga tio 26

nsi der atio n

ns

40

Complaints can be closed at any stage during the investigation process.

Figure 11. Number and category of complaints and written requests for advice received
350

Advice (total = 1,750)


300

Complaints (total = 694)

250

200

150

100 50

Fees and related matters

Disclosure of information

Practice standards general

Practice standards euthanasia

Practice standards 24-hour emergency cover

Treatment of animals by non-veterinary surgeons

Practice standards general communication

The use of veterinary medicinal products

Promoting the practice

Running the business

Alleged inadequate care

Certification

Others
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COMPLAINTS, ADVICE AND DISCIPLINARY

Table 17. Summary of Disciplinary Committee (DC) hearings


Scheduled dates1 26/04/10 29/04/10 Name Mr Francois-Guillaume Saulnier-Troff Mr Warwick SeymourHamilton Complaint concerning Allegations of concealing information from owner and omitting information in clinical records. Application for restoration to Register (removed from Register in July 1994). Two convictions for tail docking; 17 convictions for motoring and related offences; and, failing to obtain informed consent and to discuss a reasonable range of treatment options. Resumed hearing which was adjourned in June 2010 at Mr Joloashos request.

18/06/10

19/07/10 22/07/10

Dr Adetunji Joloasho

23/09/10

Dr Janos Nemeth

Application for restoration to Register (removed from Register in February 2009 on the finding of fraudulently registering with the RCVS). Advising and undertaking surgical procedures without sufficient clinical grounds or considering alternative treatment options; failing to obtain informed consent from his clients; undertaking procedures outside his area of competence; failing to refer or discuss the option of referral to a specialist; and, failing to provide his patients with adequate pain relief. Cumulative failures to provide adequate professional care, and insufficient regard for animal welfare whilst treating a dog. Dishonest certification in relation to export health certificates for horses. Failing to respond to an out-of-hours emergency. Resumed hearing which was adjourned in September 2010 at Mr Albrings request. Administration of a prohibited substance to a racehorse resulting in breach of British Horseracing Authority rules and dishonest concealment in clinical records. Dishonest certification in relation to carrying out bovine tuberculosis testing, measuring and recording the test reactions of 248 cattle.

18/10/10 29/10/10 & 10/01/11 12/01/11

Mr Joseph Holmes

15/11/10 19/11/10

Mr Peter MacMahon

13/12/10 16/12/10

Mr Takeshi Okano

17/01/11 20/01/11

Mr Michael Albring

14/02/11 22/02/11

Mr James Main

14/03/11 17/03/11 Appeal to the Privy Council 10/02/11 Other court matters October 2010

Mr John Owen-Thomas

Mr Joseph Holmes

Privy Council Appeal against DC decision to remove name from Register for actions that amounted to professional misconduct.

Mr Maurice Kirk

RCVS action against Mr Kirk to enforce unpaid costs for which Mr Kirk is liable. Action by Mr Kirk against the RCVS for damages for removing his name from the Register.

March 2011

Mr Maurice Kirk

1 2

Average time between complaint and DC cases is 14 months The cost of the case to the RCVS includes all external legal costs and the costs of the Disciplinary Committee, but excludes RCVS staff costs. Costs have not been incurred exclusively in the financial year (1 January 2010 - 31 December 2010) or the Annual Report year (1 April 2010 - 31 March 2011) and may have been incurred in previous years. Costs associated with appeals to the Privy Council are shown separately where the appeal has concluded. All costs are rounded to the nearest 1,000.

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Outcome Dismissed.

Reported RCVSonline 29/04/10 RCVS News (Jun 2010) RCVSonline 21/06/10 RCVS News (Nov 2010)

Cost ()2 26,000

Application refused.

8,000

Direction to suspend name from Register for nine months.

RCVSonline 26/07/10 RCVS News (Nov 2010)

31,000

Application refused.

RCVSonline 27/09/10 RCVS News (Nov 2010)

19,000

Direction to remove name from Register.

RCVSonline 14/01/11 RCVS News (Mar 2011)

189,000

Judgment postponed for 12 months, subject to undertakings.

RCVSonline 22/11/10 RCVS News (Mar 2011) RCVSonline 15/12/10 RCVS News (Mar 2011) RCVSonline 20/01/11 RCVS News (Mar 2011) RCVSonline 23/02/11 RCVS News (Mar 2011) RCVSonline 17/03/11 RCVS News (Jun 2011)

47,000

Direction to suspend name from Register for eight months.

26,000

Direction to suspend name from Register for ten months.

26,000

Direction to remove from Register.

118,000

Direction to suspend name from Register for ten months.

25,000

Privy Council hearing scheduled for 1 Nov 2011.

RCVS News (Jun 2011)

12,000

RCVS News (Mar 2011)

Costs recovered of 77,000 Costs being sought

Action dismissed with costs awarded to the RCVS.

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Financial statements
Introduction The summarised income and expenditure account on page 24 shows a net surplus of 573,557 for the year. Income Total income for the year was 8,169,138, compared with 7,741,333 in 2009, an overall increase of 5.5%. The largest source of income was the Statutory Annual Retention Fee paid by those registered with the RCVS. Disciplinary costs of 102,497 were recovered in 2010. An analysis of all the sources of income is shown below:

Figure 12. Breakdown of income 2009 (%)


2% 10% 8% 5% 1% 3%

Figure 13. Breakdown of income 2010 (%)


2% 10% 8% 5% 2% 3%

71%

70%

Income from members Examination fees Other income Practice Standards Scheme and Register of Veterinary Practice Premises (for 2009 only) Veterinary nursing Awarding Body income Interest and investment income

... the Disciplinary costs recovered in 2010


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Expenditure Total expenditure for the year before depreciation was 7,324,378, compared with 6,422,095 in 2009, an increase of 14%. This increase was because: Disciplinary costs in 2010 increased by 39% (a breakdown of the Disciplinary Committee hearing costs is provided on page 21). Pension scheme costs increased in 2010. In 1988, the RCVS closed a pension scheme to new members of staff.

Ongoing costs are still being incurred for the scheme in respect of members not yet in receipt of a pension. The pension costs for the RCVS were lower in 2009 because of adjustments required in respect of FRS17 defined benefit pension scheme valuations. A survey of the profession was carried out in 2010; this is currently carried out every four years. An analysis of expenditure is shown below:

Figure 14. Breakdown of expenditure (%)


30

2010
25

2009

20

15

10

Communications

Certificates and Diplomas

Veterinary nursing

Donations to RCVS Trust and other Trusts

Practice Standards Scheme

Summarised accounts These summarised accounts inevitably contain only some of the information about the affairs of the RCVS and its subsidiary. The full annual accounts and the auditors report on those accounts should be consulted for further information. Copies of these can be obtained from the

Finance Department, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Belgravia House, 62-64 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF. The full accounts were approved on behalf of the Council on 2 June 2011 and received an unqualified report from Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP .

Registration and membership


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Council

Corporate services and IT

Awarding Body

Establishment

Education

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS

Table 18. RCVS Group Accounts - activities year ended 31 December 2010/2009
2010 INCOME Members (including Recognised Specialists) RCVS Awarding Body Veterinary nursing RCVS examination fees Register of Veterinary Practice Premises Practice Standards Scheme Interest and investment Publications and other income Disciplinary costs recovered 5,687,722 792,362 650,789 268,048 193,035 235,370 154,137 85,178 102,497 8,169,138 5,499,449 738,069 580,940 258,574 142,125 267,682 184,426 70,068 7,741,333 2009

EXPENDITURE Statutory and regulatory functions RCVS Awarding Body Veterinary nursing RCVS examination costs Establishment running costs Administration Support for RCVS Trust and other Trusts Subscriptions and European activity 1,657,647 823,833 275,248 159,963 576,288 3,571,973 225,166 34,260 7,324,378 Depreciation 369,017 7,693,395 Surplus before taxation Taxation Surplus after taxation Surplus on sale of investments Pension scheme actuarial gain/(loss) (FRS 17) Surplus transferred to accumulated fund 475,743 475,743 82,814 15,000 573,557 1,476,079 807,192 278,556 168,453 537,829 2,910,724 206,633 36,629 6,422,095 325,357 6,747,452 993,881 (3) 993,884 28,977 (84,000) 938,861

Accumulated fund at 1 January Surplus transferred to accumulated fund Accumulated fund at 31 December

9,474,002 573,557 10,047,559

8,535,141 938,861 9,474,002

The income and expenditure account contains all the gains and losses in the year.

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Table 19. RCVS Group Accounts - balance sheet as at 31 December 2010/2009


GROUP 31/12/10 FIXED ASSETS Tangible assets Investments at cost Listed Securities (Market value 3,761,264 [2009: 3,327,862]) Subsidiary 6,452,821 CURRENT ASSETS RCVS Trust Fund Debtors and prepayments Short-term deposits 384,172 164,559 6,567,078 7,115,809 CREDITORS: amounts falling due within one year Annual fees received in advance Creditors and accruals Subsidiary company Taxation 1,384,952 1,015,549 2,400,501 NET CURRENT ASSETS 4,715,308 1,384,952 1,015,549 2,060,400 4,460,901 2,654,908 1,346,547 590,560 1,937,107 4,711,693 1,346,547 590,560 2,060,400 3,997,507 2,651,293 384,172 164,559 6,567,078 7,115,809 267,843 137,976 6,242,981 6,648,800 267,843 137,976 6,242,981 6,648,800 2,000,002 8,452,823 6,134,643 2,000,002 8,134,645 2,825,567 2,825,567 2,736,670 2,736,670 3,627,254 3,627,254 3,397,973 3,397,973 COLLEGE 31/12/10 GROUP 31/12/09 COLLEGE 31/12/09

TOTAL ASSETS LESS CURRENT LIABILITIES CREDITORS: amounts falling due after more than one year Creditors and accruals NET ASSETS excluding pension liability Pension liability NET ASSETS including pension liability RESERVES Accumulated fund excluding pension liability Pension reserve Accumulated fund after pension reserve Disciplinary reserve Contingency reserve

11,168,129

11,107,731

10,846,336

10,785,938

11,168,129 530,570 10,637,559

11,107,731 530,570 10,577,161

41,066 10,805,270 741,268 10,064,002

41,066 10,744,872 741,268 10,003,604

10,578,129 (530,570) 10,047,559 430,000 160,000 10,637,559

10,517,731 (530,570) 9,987,161 430,000 160,000 10,577,161

10,215,270 (741,268) 9,474,002 430,000 160,000 10,064,002

10,154,872 (741,268) 9,413,604 430,000 160,000 10,003,604

The Group accounts include both the College and Circleglide Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary.

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Table 20. Veterinary nursing and Awarding Body income and expenditure
ACTIVITIES YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2010 INCOME Awarding Body Enrolment Exam income Sundry including publication sales 223,087 546,811 22,464 792,362 Veterinary nursing Registration Annual retention (listing) fee Diploma exam income Sundry, including replacement certificates/badges 112,409 512,784 10,776 14,820 650,789 TOTAL INCOME EXPENDITURE Awarding Body Salaries Exam costs Postage, printing and stationery 298,690 508,241 16,902 823,833 Veterinary nursing Salaries and consultancy Diploma exam costs Meeting and travel costs Postage, printing and stationery VN badges and annual registration cards 157,680 6,092 17,068 87,135 7,273 275,248 TOTAL EXPENDITURE Contribution to RCVS overhead costs and contingency reserve1 344,070 233,261 1,099,081 162,041 7,224 15,555 92,703 1,033 278,556 1,085,748 294,950 503,203 9,039 807,192 1,443,151 104,162 465,827 7,041 3,910 580,940 1,319,009 220,301 509,710 8,058 738,069 2010 2009

Contribution to overhead costs includes computer hardware and software, maintenance, building costs, utilities and central support costs. Contingency reserve contributes to review and development activity, audit etc.

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Corporate governance
The governing documents of the RCVS are the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and a Royal Charter. The Charter establishes the RCVS as an incorporated body able to own its own property, sue and be sued, affix a seal, etc. It provides for the management of the RCVS through general meetings, Council and Committees and enables the RCVS to employ staff. The Act deals with the composition of Council and election of Officers. Investment and financial responsibilities are set out in the Charter although the main source of income, the statutory levy (registration and retention fees) is provided for in the Act. Council has established a framework within which Committees, Sub-committees, Boards and Working Parties deal with detail, referring strategic and important decisions to Council. A Governance Review Group was set up in 2009 to oversee the RCVSs governance arrangements from an external perspective. Report by Council on the financial information on page 26 The financial information on page 26 is extracted from the full financial statements which were approved by Council and signed on its behalf on 2 June 2011. The auditor Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP gave an unqualified audit report on the full financial statements on 2 June 2011. The auditor confirmed to Council that the financial information on page 26 is consistent with the full financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2010. The financial information on page 26 may not contain sufficient information to gain a complete understanding of the financial affairs of the RCVS. The full financial statements and auditors report may be obtained from the Finance Department, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Belgravia House, 62-64 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2AF.

Auditors statement to the members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons We have examined the summarised accounts set out on pages 24 to 25. Respective responsibilities of the Treasurer and Auditor The Treasurer is responsible for the preparation of the summarised accounts. We have agreed to report our opinion on the summarised accounts consistency with the full accounts, on which we reported to you on 2 June 2011. Basis of opinion We have carried out the procedures we consider necessary to ascertain whether the summarised accounts are consistent with the full accounts from which they have been prepared. Opinion In our opinion, the summarised accounts are consistent with the full accounts for the year ended 31 December 2010.

Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP Statutory Auditor 2 June 2011

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