Richard Nelson LLP's specialist solicitors support vets in disciplinary proceedings with the RCVS, including representation before preliminary and disciplinary committees. We also support with internal and commercial matters.


The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) are obliged to investigate complaints about vets and veterinary nurses that relate to allegations of very poor professional performance, fraud and dishonesty, criminal convictions or cautions, and adverse health. The most common allegations relate to inadequate animal care and poor communication.

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Our defence lawyers provide specialist representation against such allegations, particularly in cases where you may not have representation provided by a union or defence organisation. We understand the impact that such investigations can have on your life and career, so we work closely with you to reach the best possible outcome. Drawing on our experience our lawyers prepare robust defences in support of denied allegations and, where necessary, present persuasive mitigation.

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What We Do

We can provide expert legal representation in RCVS fitness to practise investigations as well as a range of other regulatory issues including:

– RCVS Preliminary Investigating Committee;
– RCVS Disciplinary Committee;
– Police investigations and criminal proceedings for vets;
– Commercial disputes;
– Internal investigations.

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Our multidisciplinary team is made up of specialists in a wide range of services, which means you'll always be represented by an expert in your area.

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Get in touch to arrange a no-obligation, fully confidential call to discuss your case and work out if you want to continue.

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