The referral director of a UK mixed practice corporate veterinary group has been appointed president of the European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology (ESVOT).

John Innes – an orthopaedics specialist working at CVS practice ChesterGates in Cheshire – has been appointed for a two year term that will end in October 2016.

ESVOT aims to develop veterinary orthopaedics in Europe through the provision of scientific meetings that deliver “continuing education and clinical research”, while its biennial congress, it says, represents the largest global gathering dedicated to veterinary orthopaedics.

The society also provides practical surgery courses in small animals and horses led by prominent orthopaedic specialists. It also runs an educational website to be an open resource for vets interested in orthopaedics.

Membership of ESVOT is open to any vet or member belonging to an affiliated profession interested in orthopaedics and traumatology.

Mr Innes – a graduate of the University of Liverpool’s veterinary school – has been an active member of ESVOT for several years and served as junior vice-president.

“While the demand for veterinary orthopaedic expertise is arguably greater than ever, the subject has been somewhat squeezed from the undergraduate curriculum in recent years and this makes the provision of high-quality postgraduate education even more important,” he said.

“During my presidential term, I am keen to encourage younger members of the profession to join the society to help develop their orthopaedic skills.

“Within CVS, we are looking to lead by example, nurturing these skills in our younger staff. We hope to see a good number of them at the next ESVOT Congress in London September 8-10, 2016.”

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