RCVS council member Chris Tufnell has been elected as its next vice-president and will take up his position in July.

Mr Tufnell, an equine vet from Newbury in Berkshire, will replace Bradley Viner, who was elected president for 2015/16.

As the sole principal of Coach House Veterinary Surgeons in East Woodhay, Mr Tufnell said he hoped his experiences and outlook as a practitioner “on the ground’” would shape his term of office.

“Just as many others before me, it is the experience of the day job that drives me to contribute to the work of the RCVS,” he said.

While recognising the importance of lay involvement in the college’s regulatory functions, he said he was passionate about veterinary self-regulation and believed the RCVS was stronger, more relevant and more in touch because of it.

“Although the 1966 Veterinary Surgeons Act can look very outdated today, I do believe its underlying premise has led to better animal welfare in this country,” he said. “As a profession we cannot do everything, but as the ultimate guardians of animal welfare, I believe we do a pretty good job.”

Both he and Dr Viner will take up their positions, subject to formal appointment, at RCVS Day, the college’s annual meeting and awards day, on July 10.

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