Veterinary Associations prioritise animal welfare

Two major veterinary associations have listed animal welfare as their top strategic priority in response to overwhelming feedback from veterinarians.

In February the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) launched its 2016-2021 five year strategy, with animal welfare taking the number one position of five priority areas. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) also launched its new animal welfare policy, entitled Vets Speaking Up for Animal Welfare. Both policies stress the need for veterinarians to advocate animal welfare.

AVA President Robert Johnson said that while there was an assumption that every veterinarian has the welfare of animals on their agenda, there was a need to “make a clear statement that animal welfare is a top priority.” Continue reading Veterinary Associations prioritise animal welfare

Welsh vet becomes new BVA President-Elect

Peter Harlech Jones.

In late September, Peter Harlech Jones was elected President-Elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2011/2012. The ceremony took place during the Annual General Meeting of the BVA at the close of its Annual Congress, held in London.

Harlech Jones, an international consultant on veterinary medicines, was born and raised in North Wales, and has a working history throughout the UK and Canada. He spent 20 years in the animal health business in the UK and overseas working in the fields of research and development and regulatory affairs.

In 1995 he was appointed the first head of the Veterinary Division at the newly created European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) in London, playing a leading role in the creation of the new European regulatory system and working at the centre of European institutions. Continue reading Welsh vet becomes new BVA President-Elect