BEVA has elected a new junior vice-president and three BEVA council members.

The appointments were announced at BEVA’s annual general meeting, held at BEVA Congress.

Junior vice-president

Renate Weller
BEVA’s junior vice-president Renate Weller.

Elected junior vice-president Renate Weller is professor of comparative imaging and biomechanics at the RVC.

She has served on BEVA council for three years – on both the allied professionals committee and the education committee.

An active member of the equine veterinary profession for more than two decades – working in primary practice, clinical research and referral practice – Prof Weller graduated from the University of Munich and went on to spend a year in the US before returning to Germany to work in equine practice.

She moved to the UK to become a senior clinical research scholar in large animal diagnostic imaging at the RVC. She then joined the Institute of Veterinary Anatomy in Munich, where she completed her doctor of veterinary medicine thesis.


Following two years in California, Prof Weller returned to the RVC to undertake a PhD.

Since 2005, she has been employed at the RVC, dividing her time between clinical work in large animal diagnostic imaging and research in imaging, locomotor biomechanics and veterinary education.

She said: “I am committed to the vision of a BEVA that fully listens to and embodies the interests of those it represents in all discussions over the future of our profession, and the education and regulation of the allied professions to whom our clients may turn.

“I aim to help equip BEVA members with the necessary tools to progress our truly wonderful profession into the future you want to create.”

Council elections

Meanwhile, the three elected BEVA council members are:

  • Neil Townsend, RCVS specialist in equine surgery and European specialist in equine dentistry at Three Counties Equine Hospital, Gloucestershire.
  • Meredith Smith, consultant senior clinician in equine diagnostic imaging at the AHT, Suffolk.
  • Kate Maxwell, director of Severn Edge Veterinary Group, Shropshire.

Existing member Huw Griffith – stud vet at Liphook Equine Hospital, Hampshire – has been elected for a second term.

Prof Weller will take the reins of president in 2018-19, following Jonathan Pycock’s term in 2017-18 and Vicki Nicholls’ presidency in 2016-17.

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