Colin Burrows, chair of the department of small animal clinical sciences at the University of Florida’s college of veterinary medicine, has been appointed vice president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

Colin Burrows, a professor of veterinary medicine and chair of the department of small animal clinical sciences at the University of Florida’s college of veterinary medicine, has been appointed vice president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).

Colin Burrows has been appointed vice president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.Dr Burrows, who qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1969, will play a key leadership role in the organisation going forward and will be in line to assume its presidency in 2013.

A board-certified veterinary internist, he has specialised throughout his career on the study of canine and feline gastrointestinal, hepatic and pancreatic disease. He has been the program coordinator of the North American Veterinary Conference since 1984 and was appointed NAVC executive director in 2002.

Commenting on Dr Burrows’ appointment, WSAVA president Prof Jolle Kirpensteijn, said: “Colin is a highly respected veterinarian who has, over the years, won countless awards for his contribution to international veterinary medicine … We’re delighted to have him join our board.

“His leadership skills and passion for outreach to the international veterinary community is a perfect fit with our strategic goals. He will be a great asset as we work to enhance our brand globally.”  

Dr Burrows said: “The cause of improving animal welfare is why I first came into the profession and I see my role with the WSAVA as an opportunity to help achieve this – not only through patient care but also through education and through collaboration with the animal health industry.”

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