A former president of both the BVA and BSAVA has been appointed vice-president of the Dogs Trust.
Ted Chandler served as a council member for 14 years and has been a main contributor to the charity’s Canine Welfare Grants Committee.
The appointment came after he was unanimously voted in at the charity’s last meeting.
Mr Chandler said: “I am delighted to have been asked to serve in this way and feel enormously privileged to continue to be part of such an amazing organisation as Dogs Trust.
“I have watched the charity grow over the past 14 years and have been lucky enough to witness the creation of state-of-the-art rehoming centres up and down the UK and in Ireland.”
With a background in veterinary sciences, Mr Chandler says he is particularly passionate about the veterinary suites the new rehoming centres boast and the steps being taken to develop an overseas presence for the charity.
He added: “The excellent facilities at the rehoming centres demonstrate the care the trust takes in the welfare of the dogs, something close to my and my fellow council members’ hearts.
“Another area I take great pride in is the work Dogs Trust undertakes with veterinary schools and its involvement with Bristol’s Certificate of Higher Education in Welfare and Behaviour.
Turning to the future challenges for the charity, Mr Chandler suggested much had been done to reduce the numbers of stray dogs.
However, he also recognised more needed to be done to stop the illegal import of dogs, as well as the purchase of “status dogs”.