Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has been made an honorary associate member of the BVA.

Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has been made an honorary associate member of the BVA.

Honorary associate of BVAMr Smith, who represents the SNP in the European Parliament, has been given the honour in recognition of his long-standing commitment to animal welfare.

He received his membership at a presentation held at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh on Monday.

The award was presented by Robert Anderson, the Kelso-based president of the BVA’s Scottish branch, before he was given a short tour of the school’s small animal hospital.

Mr Smith is the honorary vice-president of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and was delighted by the award.

He said: “It means a huge amount to me to have this relationship with an organisation that upholds the very highest standards of animal welfare practice and that is recognised internationally for its knowledge, integrity and professionalism.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to help the BVA explain its agenda to politicians and officials in Brussels in a useful way. I’ll also be able to give them feedback about what is going on, along with guidance and advice.

BVA Scotland president Robert Anderson added: “Alyn was nominated as an honorary associate member by our Scottish branch because of his keen political interest in agriculture and animal welfare and his ongoing commitment to these issues.”

Pictured (from left) are BVA Scottish Branch President Robert Anderson, Alyn Smith MEP and BVA Scottish branch junior vice-president Ronnie Soutar.

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