A former president of three veterinary associations will lend his expertise to a panel of inquiry set up to conduct an “independent review” of procedures and working practices within the Medivet partnership.

A former president of three veterinary associations will lend his expertise to a panel of inquiry set up to conduct an “independent review” of procedures and working practices within the Medivet partnership.
 
John BowerEminent vet John Bower (a past-president of the BVA, BSAVA and the VPMA) will join Medivet managing partners Adi Nell and John Smithers on the “independent panel”, set up by the company in the wake of a Panorama exposé, filmed secretly at a number of its branches. The panel aims to publish its findings over the next few months.
 
Mr Bower said: “Medivet is a large partnership with numerous branches and I am looking forward to helping the partners assess and review the management of their practice to eliminate the sort of incidents and situations that were alleged in the Panorama programme.
 
“This panel will look deeply into the management and I have been convinced by the partners that they are determined to take appropriate measures where necessary.
 
Adi Nell, Medivet central partner and fellow member of the panel commented today: “We are delighted that John Bower is to be a part of our panel. John is not only an eminent vet of unquestionable ethical standing, but he set up and ran a medium-sized veterinary partnership for 38 years. His expertise will be crucial to Medivet, as the panel carries out its investigations and makes its recommendations over the next few months.”
 
Mr Bower, who retired from general practice in 2007, is now veterinary advisor to insurance company Petplan and a trustee of two national charities – Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and The Petplan Charitable Trust. He was awarded the BSAVA Melton Award for meritorious contributions to small animal practice in 1991 and an MBE in 2010 for services to the BVA:AWF.

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