Pedigree dog welfare: what more can the veterinary profession do?
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Gudrun Ravetz’s career to date has taken in many different aspects of the veterinary world. It was whilst studying at Liverpool University as a veterinary student that Gudrun became interested in the business side of veterinary practice. Pursuing these interests he was supported by the university to set up and run a business elective as a student, providing her with her first insight into this area of the veterinary world.
Alongside practicing as a small animal veterinary surgeon on graduating in 2002, Gudrunfurthered her interest in the business side of the veterinary profession bystudying for the post graduate certificate in business. Over the yearsGudrun has worked as a clinician in a variety of different small animalpractices, both in private practice and charity. This includes a large Americangroup of veterinary practices which provided insight into a very differentmodel of veterinary practice. As well as clinical jobs, Gudrun has also workedin a number of veterinary related roles including working in industry,management and as a veterinary consultant to a number of companies.
Gudrun has alsobeen involved in veterinary politics for a large part of her career and hasplayed a vital role at the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS).She is Past President of the society (2012/13) and also worked as a councillorfor them for several years. Gudrun is atrained harassment listener, a skill she uses through her involvement with theSPVS graduate support network. Through this network she provides help to recentgraduates with any problems they may be having in their jobs or with otherveterinary related issues. She has also previously lectured to final yearveterinary students on the subjects of employment law (she has a GraduateDiploma in Law) and basics of business in a veterinary practice.
CurrentlyGudrun works as a Veterinary Consultant to Pet Health Plans from Denplan and asan external interviewer for prospective veterinary students at University ofLiverpool. When notworking Gudrun can often be found taking on challenges of a different kind,competing in endurance competitions like the Ironman triathlon, as well asmarathon and fell running. She’s also successfully swum all of the major lakesof the Lake Districts! Gudrun became Junior Vice President at the BVA Member’s Day and AGM on 24 September 2015.