Professor Stephen May awarded prestigious Betts Prize

Professor Stephen May, Vice-Principal for teaching and learning at the Royal Veterinary College, London, has been presented with the prestigious Betts Prize in recognition of his commitment to excellence and his contribution to the advancement of the RVC.

Professor May received the award at the RVC’s Graduation Day celebrations held at  Freemasons’ Hall, near Covent Garden, on July 25 when the Class 2012 also received their degrees in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing, bioveterinary science and comparative pathology.

Paying tribute to Professor May, RVC Principal Stuart Reid said: “It is fitting that Stephen, who has had a career long commitment to the teaching of veterinary surgeons, nurses and bioveterinary scientists, should receive the Betts Prize. Together with our colleagues, Stephen continues to promote innovation and excellence, reflecting the ethos promoted so well by former Principal Betts, in whose honour the award is presented.” 

Professor Reid added: “For over 220 years, RVC has been at the forefront of veterinary research and teaching, and in remembering Professor Betts we restate our commitment to excellence in all our endeavours.”

Professor May is a Cambridge graduate and initially joined the RVC as a PhD student. He was appointed professor of equine medicine and surgery at the College in 1993 and became Vice-Principal for learning and teaching in 2000.  He was responsible for establishing the £4.9 million HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence in Lifelong and Independent Veterinary Education (LIVE) at the College and has led the development of innovative approaches to curriculum delivery, self-directed study, assessment and continuing professional development.