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THE RCVS presented its honours and awards during RCVS Day, as follows.
The Queen's Medal is the highest honour the RCVS can bestow. It is awarded to a veterinary surgeon for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the profession and dedication to working above and beyond the call of duty in the fields of veterinary medicine or science, or related areas. This year's recipient was Randolph Richards.
Professor R. H. Richards
Professor Richards has been a long-time advocate of animal welfare, ‘particularly of the often-neglected fish’, the President told the meeting. His commitment to research and influencing policy had made him one of the most highly respected veterinarians in the profession.
Having graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1972, Professor Richards accepted a Nuffield Scholarship to the University of Stirling the following year, and remained there to complete his PhD in 1979. He acted as deputy director of the Unit of Aquatic Pathobiology at Stirling, and became director of the university's Institute of Aquaculture in 1996, a post he held for the next 13 years. Professor Richards was now emeritus professor at the Institute of Aquaculture, a member of the editorial board of Veterinary Record and vice-chairman of the Moredun Foundation. The President noted that he had been an invaluable member of numerous veterinary committees and advisory groups, and a trustee and director of several companies and organisations. He had coordinated large EU research programmes on fish diseases, particularly focusing on drug interactions and therapeutic approaches to disease control.⇓⇓