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BSAVA welcomes new president
“There are so many new initiatives in the pipeline I can’t wait to get started" - Susan Paterson. 

Susan Paterson to drive forward BSAVA’s strategic plan

RCVS and European Specialist Susan Paterson has been named president of the BSAVA for 2019/2020.

Sue took over the role from Philip Lhermette at
BSAVA Congress (4-7 April), while Professor Ian Ramsey became vice president.

Qualifying from Cambridge in 1984, Sue spent time in mixed practice in Devon before taking her certificate and then British and European Diplomas in Veterinary Dermatology.

Sue has been an RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology for more than 20 years. She was recently elected as Fellow of the RCVS for meritorious contributions to clinical practice, is a
n elected member of RCVS Council and is senior vice president of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology.

During her presidency, Sue aims to bring together everything she believes to be great about the Association.

“BSAVA has just completed a three-year strategic plan and my Presidency is going to be all about driving this forward,” she said. “There are so many new initiatives in the pipeline I can’t wait to get started.

“I am looking forward to working with my dynamic teams of BSAVA officers and our amazing Woodrow House staff to show just how great BSAVA really is.”

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Dogs Trust announces winners of vet student awards

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 Cambridge vet student James Jewkes has been awarded first place in the annual Dogs Trust EMS Awards, for his paper on the threat of exotic infectious diseases in rehoming centres. James will now go on a two-week placement at the WVS International Training Centre in South India.

Each year the awards allow vet students to gain hands-on experience during work placements at 13 of the charity’s rehoming centres, then submit reports on a relevant subject.  

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Former RCVS president to chair new Horse Welfare Board

Former RCVS president Barry Johnson has been appointed as the independent chair of a new Horse Welfare Board. Barry, who is also past chairman of World Horse Welfare, was selected by an industry panel including the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and The Horsemen’s Group.

The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sport’s commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."