Andrew Harrison has been appointed president of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) for 2014/15.

Mr Harrison, pictured right, a partner at Three Counties Equine Hospital in Gloucestershire, will take over the role from Paul Jepson on Saturday, at the end of BEVA Congress, which started today in Birmingham.

He said: “It is a privilege and an honour to take up the presidential reins for the next 12 months.

“It is unrealistic to expect to ‘change the world’ in such a short time frame, so the plan is to target certain areas, such as progressing New Safer Horse Rescue courses, strengthening BEVA’s relationship with the British Horseracing Authority and moving forward with the regulation of musculoskeletal paraprofessionals.

“Not least it is a priority this year to make sure we keep aspiring vets realistically informed about future employment in our profession, given the proliferation of undergraduate places available at UK and English speaking mainland European vet schools.”

Mr Harrison qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1988 and joined Three Counties in 1993, following a spell in mixed, predominantly large animal, practice. He has particular interest in veterinary anaesthesia, internal medicine and echocardiography, and has been awarded the RCVS certificates in both equine practice and veterinary anaesthesia.

Mark Bowen, associate professor of veterinary internal medicine at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, becomes BEVA’s president elect.

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