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Can the next RCVS president be changed?

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By Josh Loeb

The suitability of David Argyle, the current RCVS junior vice president (JVP), to become the college’s next figurehead will be discussed at the next RCVS council meeting on 5 November.

He will make a statement at the meeting and council members will have an opportunity to put questions to him.

Vet Record understands there are several members of RCVS council who have concerns about Argyle becoming RCVS president amid allegations of bullying at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (see VR, 17/24 October 2020, vol 187, pp 294–297; 31 October/7 November, vol 187, pp 334-335).

These members are understood to be considering bringing an action to block the move on procedural grounds.

What are the procedural issues?

Upon assuming the post of JVP, a council member is required to sign a self-certification declaration confirming that there are no outstanding matters in their professional, personal or business life that they are aware of that could bring the RCVS into disrepute.

The precise date on which Argyle would have signed such a declaration is not known. However, candidate nomination forms for the JVP post are known to have been completed between 24 April and early May of this year, with the internal election …

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