Veterinary academic and past-president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Alexander Trees has been introduced to the House of Lords. He is now Baron Trees of the Ross in Perth and Kinross.
Veterinary academic Alexander Trees has been introduced to the House of Lords.
Prof Trees, a former president of the RCVS and current council member, is now Baron Trees of the Ross in Perth and Kinross.
Lord Trees – a parasitologist at the University of Liverpool – is only the second veterinary surgeon to become a peer. Preceding him was Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior.
Being introduced, Lord Trees said: “I Alexander Lord Trees do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law.”
Attending Lord Trees’ introduction ceremony, RCVS president Jacqui Molyneux said: “I [am] delighted to see Lord Trees of the Ross introduced to the House of Lords.
“It is excellent that our relatively small profession now has two representatives in the upper chamber, and I am sure that Sandy will join Lord Soulsby in making a significant contribution to the development of legislation on issues affecting animal health and welfare, science and public health.”
Lord Trees said of his appointment: “I am delighted and humbled to be appointed as a member of the House of Lords.
“The understanding of science in public policy has never been more important and I look forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to the house.”
Also welcoming Lord Trees’ appointment, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) president Carl Padgett said: “The BVA is absolutely delighted at Prof Trees’ appointment to the House of Lords. He will bring a wealth of experience and scientific expertise into the political arena, not only in the fields of animal health and welfare but also public health, where he has particular knowledge and experience.”
See coverage of Lord Trees’ introduction on the BBC Democracy Live website.