Published: 15 Dec 2023 | Last Updated: 22 Dec 2023 14:12:53

Jonathan Elliott, Professor of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), has been awarded Honorary Member status in Small Animal Internal Medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

The ACVIM is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through education and training, new medical knowledge, and public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care. The ACVIM is the international certifying organisation for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, nutrition, oncology and small animal internal medicine. It has more than 3,000 members worldwide.

Professor Elliott was nominated for the international award by fellow Professor at the RVC, Harriett Syme, who is a Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine, alongside many of his other former PhD students who currently work in academia or specialist practice. The ACVIM awarded Professor Elliott the membership in recognition of his distinguished and remarkable service to the veterinary profession.

Professor Elliott has been an academic at the RVC for 32 years. For 16 of these, he served as Vice Principal for Research and Innovation, taking responsibility for the institution’s research strategy and preparing three consecutive Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions. Each submission saw the RVC significantly increase its international standing with 88% of its research rated as internationally excellent or world-class in 2021. Professor Elliott has since returned to the RVC, following a 12-month sabbatical to focus on clinically applied research and teaching.

Throughout his career, Professor Elliott has been awarded the Pfizer Academic Award (1998) for research contributions to the pathophysiology of laminitis along with several recognitions for his clinical research contributions in the area of feline chronic kidney disease. This includes the BSAVA Amoroso Award (2001); the PetPlan Scientific Award (2005); the European Society of Nephrology and Urology Award (2007); and the BSAVA Woodrow Award (2019).

Professor Elliott is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology (ECVPT) and was President from 2018 to 2021. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, a member of the International Renal Interest Society, secretary to the PetPlan Charitable Trust Scientific Committee and a panel member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme. He served for eight years as a member of the Veterinary Products Committee (2001-2009), six years on BBSRC’s Studentships and Fellowships Panel and is currently a member of the Animal Plant Health Agency scientific advisory board.

Professor Jonathan Elliott, Professor of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology at the RVC, said:

“I am truly honoured to receive this award.  Most of my career in research has focused on the application of basic science to address clinical research questions and honorary membership of ACVIM recognises this contribution and the efforts I made to encourage clinical specialists to advance their disciplines through research.  It is humbling to see the list of names endorsing Professor Syme’s nomination, many of whom are now leaders in their own fields.”

Professor Stuart Reid CBE, President & Principal at the RVC, said:

“I am delighted for Jonathan! Being nominated by those you have mentored and being recognised by your professional peers is truly as good as it gets in academic life. It’s an honour Jonathan has neither sought nor expected, but richly deserves, reflecting as it does on him and those with whom he has worked throughout his career.”


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About the RVC

  • The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a Member Institution of the University of London.
  • It is one of the few veterinary schools in the world that hold accreditations from the RCVS in the UK (with reciprocal recognition from the AVBC for Australasia, the VCI for Ireland and the SAVC for South Africa), the EAEVE in the EU, and the AVMA in the USA and Canada.
  • The RVC is ranked as the top veterinary school in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject, 2023.
  • The RVC offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences.
  • The RVC is a research-led institution, with 88% of its research rated as internationally excellent or world class in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
  • The RVC provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals and first opinion practices in London and Hertfordshire.


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