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Principal of the Royal Veterinary College appointed CBE in Birthday Honours

Professor Stuart Reid, Principal of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London, has been appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his contributions to the veterinary profession and higher education.

Professor Stuart Reid
Professor Stuart Reid appointed a CBE

The award was announced by the Cabinet Office on 8 June 2018.  

Professor Reid is a leading veterinarian in the UK. He has had an illustrious research career and is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) as a specialist in veterinary epidemiology, as well as an expert in veterinary public health by the European Board of Veterinary Specialists. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, he has led the RVC since 2011.

Stuart has been a vocal champion for One Health, an approach which recognises the interrelation of human, animal and ecosystem health, and seeks to draw on multiple disciplines to tackle the world’s major public health threats. He has helped to push the boundaries of scientific knowledge, focusing primarily on zoonotic disease and antimicrobial resistance, has published over 160 scientific papers, most recently in the journals Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), and has secured over £15 million in competitive funding during his career.

He was President of the RCVS, the professional regulator in the UK, in 2014-15, leading major governance changes and the implementation of the honorary ‘Doctor’ title for UK veterinarians, and has held senior offices in the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges in the USA and in the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education. He currently chairs the Mind Matters initiative of the RCVS, for which he ran the London marathon raising over £14,000 for mental health awareness.

Stuart has made significant contributions to public service, having been a trustee of The Donkey Sanctuary since 1996 and Chairman since 2007. He is also a Trustee of the University of London has served in the Veterinary Products Committee, and now sits on the Board of the Food Standards Agency in the UK.

Upon learning that he has been appointed CBE, Stuart said:

I am delighted and humbled. It is truly a privilege to have had the opportunity to be part of both the veterinary profession and the university community, and to have worked with colleagues throughout my career who have a huge commitment to the common good. I am very grateful that the importance of animal health, education and science is being acknowledged in this way.

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About the Royal Veterinary College

  • The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a constituent College of the University of London.
  • The RVC offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences.
  • It is currently the only veterinary school in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC.
  • In 2017, the RVC received a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest rating a university can receive.
  • A research-led institution, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) the RVC maintained its position as the top HEFCE funded veterinary focused research institution.
  • The College also provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals; the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital in central London, the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (Europe's largest small animal referral centre), the Equine Referral Hospital, and the Farm Animal Clinical Centre located at the Hertfordshire campus.