Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Bestows Highest Honor Upon Friend of St. George’s University
Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior has been awarded the Queen’s Medal – the highest honor that can be bestowed on a veterinary surgeon by Britain’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
A former president of both the RCVS and the Royal Society of Medicine, Lord Soulsby was given the medal “in recognition of his outstanding life-time contribution to veterinary science and the profession, above and beyond the call of duty.”
Lord Soulsby has, for many years, had a close association with St. George’s University, Grenada. He was a former chair of the University’s academic board and chaired St. George’s Trust in the UK.
He was also President of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), a scientific research center with its headquarters on St. George’s University’s True Blue campus.
“We congratulate Lord Soulsby on this outstanding honor,” commented St. George’s University’s Chancellor, Dr. Charles R Modica. “He has made an enormous contribution to the reputation of our University and the award of the Queen’s Medal is justly deserved.”
Lord Soulsby was given the award by Professor Stuart Reid, the then President and now Senior Vice-President of the RCVS on the occasion of the College’s Annual General Meeting and awards’ day.
Professor Reid said, “Lord Soulsby has had a truly exceptional career, which in several respects is unique in its achievements, not least bridging the worlds of medical and veterinary science. He has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of veterinary science to society and is admired not only for his intellect, hard work and breadth of interests, but also his endearing personality.”
He added, “He has given an outstanding service to the profession, to veterinary science and to animal welfare and he has enhanced the reputation of the profession immeasurably.”
Accepting the award, Lord Soulsby said, “Looking back on my career, membership of the RCVS has carried me to many countries in the world and all the work I have enjoyed, and I hope that I have been able to progress veterinary medicine and ‘one health’ in all of those places.”