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Statutory Membership Exam Success Celebrated

13 years ago

12th August, 2009 00h00

Fourteen people from across the globe who succeeded in passing the RCVS Statutory Examination for Membership were on Thursday (30 July) admitted to the RCVS Register and may now practise in the UK. An admissions ceremony to mark the occasion was held at Belgravia House. After the veterinary surgeons' names were entered into the Register, RCVS President Professor Sandy Trees, made a short address to welcome those attending. He presented the new members with their certificates in front of an audience of their friends and family. The President congratulated registrants on their achievement and acknowledged the importance of the support provided by their friends and families. Eight of the veterinary surgeons registering had studied at St Georges, Grenada, several of whom were British students who had won scholarships from the UK. Others came from the Ukraine, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong. One of the veterinary surgeons, Hart Ling Cheung, who studied at Beijing University, said: "I'm excited - it's a ticket to the world and I hope to go travelling in December and practise veterinary surgery, perhaps in Australia and New Zealand. "In Hong Kong there are not many farm animals - people have small dogs, Guinea pigs and gerbils, and of course racehorses - so I've spent the last six months just seeing farm animal practice." Sandy Trees said: "This is a joyous occasion and there are many opportunities open to veterinary surgeons. Many of you will probably work in small animal practice, which is an honourable choice. "Vets though, are also qualified to help resolve human problems such as feeding the growing global population and mitigating climate change. "One of the effects of climate change and global travel is the spread of disease, and three quarters of new human diseases come from animals. "These are all challenges to which veterinary science can contribute."

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