The BVA has announced the election of new chairmen for two of its standing committees. Fred Landeg is the new chairman of the Veterinary Policy Group and James Yeates will head up the Ethics and Welfare Group.

The BVA has announced the election of new chairmen for two of its standing committees. Fred Landeg is the new chairman of the Veterinary Policy Group (VPG) and James Yeates will head up the Ethics and Welfare Group (EWG).

Both positions were filled at the first meetings of the association year in November when Richard Harvey and Peter Jinman reached the end of their three-year terms as chairmen on VPG and EWG respectively.

Fred Landeg, chairman of the BVA Veterinary Policy GroupFred Landeg, who has a particular interest in infectious diseases and their control, qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1971 and spent some time in veterinary practice before joining the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food in 1975 as a veterinary officer. In 2004 he was appointed UK deputy chief veterinary officer and director in DEFRA and became acting director general and chief veterinary officer in November 2007. He retired from public service at the end of April 2008.

Mr Landeg said: “The UK veterinary profession is small and has a very wide range of diverse skills and specialisms. It will continue to become more diverse but in diversifying, if the profession is to continue to have influence, it must have a coherent public voice based on sound policies and respect for each other’s specialism.

“The BVA provides that coherent voice and the VPG is a key component in developing BVA policy.”

James Yeates, chairman of the BVA Ethics and Welfare GroupJames Yeates qualified from Bristol in 2004 and worked as a veterinary surgeon, undertaking a bachelors degree in bioethics and starting a PhD in veterinary ethics. He is currently an RCVS diplomate in animal welfare science, ethics and law, an active member of SPVS, and works as the BSAVA Petsavers/RSPCA Bristol Resident Scholar in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.

He said: “Bringing together scientific, clinical and ethical insights, the BVA EWG is uniquely placed to give progressive recommendations about how we interact with animals. Animal owners, vets, retailers and our whole society have to make difficult ethical decisions about the millions of animals that rely on them for their care.

“There is so much that the profession does, and even more to do in the future. The EWG can provide a focal point for that progress.”

Further information on the BVA’s standing committees is available from the BVA website.

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