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Head of Membership retires after 13 years at the RCVS

26 May 2006

RCVS Officers and staff gathered on Thursday 11 May 2006 to mark the retirement of Mick Sibley, who has been with the College for 13 years.

During his career Mick was involved in the College's 1994 Charter 150 celebrations, the highlight of which was a reception at St James's Palace, and the move from Belgrave Square to Horseferry Road in 1995. A year later he assumed responsibility for Registration - the keeping of the Register is one of the main reasons for the College's existence and ensures that animals are only treated by people who are properly qualified to do so.

During his nearly 10-year tenure as Head of Membership, Mick made a major contribution to the development of the membership database, the means of carrying out the College's statutory duty to maintain a Register of vets in the UK, and became an expert on registration criteria.

At a celebratory staff lunch at Belgravia House, RCVS Registrar Jane Hern expressed her gratitude and appreciation to Mick and presented him with a gift to mark his retirement, saying: "Mick has been the 'gatekeeper' of entry into the veterinary profession for the best part of a decade, and we wish him every happiness in his retirement."

Mick commented: "Although l am looking forward to retirement, especially being able to spend more time with my wife, I am sorry to leave a job I greatly enjoyed. I saw many changes at the College and it was always a pleasure to work with so many extremely able colleagues who were dedicated in their various fields to improving the services they provided to the veterinary profession." 

Christine Fraser joins the RCVS in the new post of Head of Registration, responsible for the management of the Registration functions of the College, namely the registration of all eligible veterinary surgeons in accordance with UK and EU legislation; the temporary registration of veterinary surgeons in accordance with the criteria determined by RCVS Council; the Listing of eligible Veterinary Nurses from the UK and overseas and the operation of the Practice Standards Scheme List.

Christine previously worked at the Law Society, monitoring the practice and conduct of solicitors and she has held a variety of roles in Local Government.


For more information, please contact:

Lizzie Lockett 020 7202 0725 or [email protected]
External Affairs Department
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


The RCVS is the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons in the UK and deals with issues of professional misconduct, maintaining the register of veterinary surgeons eligible to practise in the UK and assuring standards of veterinary education. It also has a 'Royal College' role, which means that it is responsible for post-graduate educational and veterinary nursing qualifications.

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