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Vets pay tribute to Brian Singleton
Brian's work was “a true inspiration to all veterinarians who are seeking positive change in our ever-changing veterinary landscape”.
BSAVA co-founder described as a “true legend”

Vets have paid tribute to Brian Singleton, co-founder of the BSAVA, after his death was announced last week.

Colleagues described him as “a true legend”, an “icon” and a “truly wonderful gentleman”.

Brian was instrumental in setting up the BSAVA in 1957 and served as president in 1960-61. At the same time he was elected to the RCVS Council and later became president in 1969-1970.

For services to the veterinary profession, he was made a CBE by the Queen in 1973.

Tributes from former BSAVA presidents
Harvey Locke describes him as: “A true legend in our profession. He was such a modest man, but had immense talent and fondness for the profession that led to his illustrious career.”

Des Thompson said: “Brian was a truly wonderful gentleman, an ideal leader for the BSAVA as a forward-thinking, international organisation. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him in the profession.”

Tony Bradley added: “It is so sad to lose an icon and one who has been so instrumental in shaping the BSAVA from the start.”

A remarkable career
Brian’s friend and founding member of the BSAVA, Bruce Vivash Jones, has written an article paying tribute to his life and work.

In it he describes how Brian’s first experience of veterinary practice at the start of World War Two nearly steered him away from the career. Local hunts feared they would not be able to feed their dogs, so on his first day ‘seeing practice’, Brian had to assist the senior partner in euthanising three packs of hounds.

The experience built a determination in him to ensure euthanasia was always conducted in a humane and comforting manner and also shaped his resolve to advance the veterinary profession.

After graduating in Edinburgh in 1945, Brian worked in farm animal, small animal and equine practice, and as a ministry veterinary officer. His later roles included running practices in Kensington and Belgravia, before being placed in charge of the Animal Health Trust with 130 staff. He retired in 1988.

Current RCVS president Amanda Boag added that his work was “a true inspiration to all veterinarians who are seeking positive change in our ever-changing veterinary landscape”.

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.