VMD chief executive, experienced dog breeder and show judge Steve Dean has been named as the new chairman of the Kennel Club. Prof Dean takes over the role from Ronnie Irving to become the club’s 14th chairman.
VMD chief executive, experienced dog breeder and show judge Steve Dean has been named as the new chairman of the Kennel Club.
The Windsor-based vet was voted into office by the organisation’s general committee on June 7, replacing Ronnie Irving to become its 14th chairman.
On taking up the reins of office Prof Dean said: “I am honoured to be elected as chairman of the Kennel Club and to be given the opportunity to help improve the lives of dogs by ensuring that they live healthily and happily with responsible owners.”
As well as being well-recognised within breed circles as chairman of the Southern Border Terrier Club, president of the Windsor Dog Show Society and the senior Kennel Club vet at Crufts each year, Prof Dean is also well known at an industry level as the current head of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), however, he is due to step down from that role at the end of July.
While aware of some of the challenges faced by the Kennel Club, Prof Dean said he was excited about future opportunities to improve dog health.
He said: “I look forward to supporting and working with the millions of responsible dog breeders and owners that there are in this country, and to standing shoulder to shoulder with vets and other individuals and organisations who are dedicated to improving the health and welfare of dogs.”