The founder of charity Hounds for Heroes will be the guest speaker at the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) annual members’ day.
Allen was a chief petty officer serving in the Royal Navy during the Gulf War before a head injury changed his life, wiping out his memories and leaving him initially unable to walk, speak or write. In his keynote address he will celebrate the way animals can transform lives by speaking about his traumatic injuries and the importance of the human/animal bond, illustrated by the partnership formed with his assistance dog Endal.
Mr Parton said: “When I founded Hounds for Heroes I made it very clear from the onset we were never going to be an extension of the Ministry of Defence or the NHS. We are primarily dog trainers and the dogs’ health and welfare are at the forefront of everything we do.
“With a healthy and happy dog anything is possible; these dogs are life-changing and so enabling for their human partners. The dogs give their all unconditionally, ensuring that in return they receive the best in veterinary care from their first day on parade to their retirement. That is an absolute given.
“The importance of the work vets do in ensuring the health and welfare of our dogs throughout their service is unquestionably pivotal to the success of our mission.”
Members’ day is organised to celebrate the achievements of the veterinary profession and culminates in BVA’s awards ceremony. BVA awards recognise how members contribute to the advancement of the profession, and the commitment of students and recent graduates who have undertaken research projects overseas.
BVA president Robin Hargreaves will also deliver his end of year keynote speech covering some of the major issues facing the veterinary profession, and the new BVA officer team will be elected at the Aassociation’s annual meeting.