The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons exercises functions under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 but was brought into being by a Royal Charter of 1844. A Supplemental Royal Charter of 2015 sets out the objects of the College, gives it power to undertake activities in order to achieve its objects, and makes it the regulator of registered veterinary nurses.
The Act of 1966 was to a large extent a consolidation of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1881, which was amended a number of times and in particular by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1948. The 1844 Charter was also amended repeatedly, and most of its provisions were revoked by a Supplemental Royal Charter of 1967. The 1967 Charter has in turn been superseded by the Charter of 2015.
The Royal Charters and Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 are available for download.
The table below summarises the legislative history from 1844 to 2015. The legislative history is also available to download in the "Related documents" box .
- Royal Charter of 1844
- Supplemental Charter of 1876
- Supplemental Charter of 1879
- Veterinary Surgeons Act 1881
- Supplemental Charter of 1883
- Supplemental Charter of 1892
- Veterinary Surgeons Amendment Act 1900
- Supplemental Charter of 1914
- Veterinary Surgeons Act (1881) Amendment Act 1920
- Supplemental Charter of 1923
- Veterinary Surgeons (Irish Free State Agreement) Act 1932
- Supplemental Charter of 1932
- Veterinary Surgeons Act 1948
- Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966
- Supplemental Charter of 1967
- Supplemental Charter of 2015
|Royal Charter of 1844||
|Supplemental Charter of 1876||
|Supplemental Charter of 1879||
|Veterinary Surgeons Act 1881||
The preamble to the Act referred to the expediency of allowing people requiring the aid of a veterinary surgeon to distinguish between qualified and unqualified practitioners. The Act accordingly:
|Supplemental Charter of 1883||
|Supplemental Charter of 1892||
|Veterinary Surgeons Amendment Act 1900|
|Supplemental Charter of 1914||
|Veterinary Surgeons Act (1881) Amendment Act 1920||
|Supplemental Charter of 1923||
|Veterinary Surgeons (Irish Free State Agreement) Act 1932||
|Supplemental Charter of 1932||
|Veterinary Surgeons Act 1948||
|Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966||
The Act consolidated the earlier legislation and made a number of changes, notably:
The Act has been amended a number of times, notably:
|Supplemental Charter of 1967||
|Supplemental Charter of 2015||
The bye-laws scheduled to the Charter dealt with the summoning of general and other meetings; the use of the postnominals FRCVS, MRCVS and RVN; the keeping of the register of veterinary nurses; the investigation and determination of allegations of serious professional misconduct on the part of a veterinary nurse; membership of committees of the Council; deputising in the absence of the Registrar; election of the Treasurer; and financial controls.