Professor Randolph Richards CBE, an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Aquaculture, is the recipient of this year’s Queen’s Medal – the highest honour a veterinary surgeon can receive.
Professor Richards has long been an advocate of animal welfare, particularly fish health and welfare and is the third person ever to be awarded the medal.
The last person to receive the most prestigious award the College makes was the first veterinary peer in the House of Lords. Professor Richards will receive the medal at an RCVS event on Friday 15 July.
Professor Richards was Director of the Institute of Aquaculture from 1996 to 2009, and currently serves on numerous veterinary committees and advisory groups as well as being a trustee and director of several companies and organisations.
Professor Richards said: “I’m absolutely delighted and feel incredibly honoured to be the recipient of the RCVS Queen’s Medal. It is particularly satisfying to receive this recognition from my veterinary peers.”
He was nominated by fellow veterinary surgeon Dr Peter Jeffries, Chief Executive for the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines. Professor Richards was Dr Jeffries’ postgraduate supervisor while he was studying for an MSc at the University of Stirling.