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Defra seeks views on proposals to modernise the RCVS Council

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DEFRA is inviting views on proposals to amend the constitution of the RCVS Council. The consultation follows a period of discussions between Defra and the RCVS on how the College might best modernise its Council.

Launching the consultation on October 29, Defra said that it would look at the current size and membership of the RCVS Council to see if it could be modified to operate more efficiently and in the better interests of the public and the veterinary profession. It explained that, because the current constitution and governance arrangements for the RCVS Council are laid down in the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, any changes would require the introduction of either a Bill or a Legislative Reform Order. ‘As these are minor changes, it has been agreed that the best legislative vehicle to achieve these changes is a Legislative Reform Order (LRO),’ it said.

In the consultation documents, Defra explains that the RCVS Council currently comprises 42 members and meets three times a year. The Veterinary Surgeons Act specifies that the membership should be composed of …

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