Pigeon Post: Ian Neville reports from the UK

The British veterinary profession’s relationship with its regulatory body, The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), was for many years one of mute acceptance; presumably because any institution prefixed ‘Royal’ was dutifully honoured and most definatly obeyed. In recent years as the rate of change and complexity in the veterinary world has accelerated, the profession has begun to react more vociferously to college decisions and to doubt the wisdom of some of the college’s pronouncements. This year several open rebellions have surfaced. Issues that have recently brought sections of the profession into conflict with the college include: the formation of an employed vets union, out of hours service provision, homeopathy and disciplinary powers.

The contentious decision to strike Munhuwepasi Chikosi off the UK veterinary register (detailed in Pigeon Post, The Veterinarian March 2014) is still smouldering away. Though Mr Chikosi is no longer working in the UK a campaign has begun to get him reinstated in defiance of the college judgement. The campaign is being spearheaded by forensic veterinary scientist and expert witness David Bailey who aims to raise £25,000 (A$45,643) to bring Mr Chikosi back to the UK and fight the college decision in the courts. Continue reading Pigeon Post: Ian Neville reports from the UK