The appointment of Ben Mayes as BEVA president for 2011/12 was formally approved at the association’s 2011 congress, which ran from September 7-10 at the Liverpool Arena Convention Centre.
The appointment of Ben Mayes as BEVA president for 2011/12 was formally approved at BEVA Congress 2011, which ran from September 7-10 at the Liverpool Arena Convention Centre, Liverpool.
Mr Mayes, who graduated from Cambridge vet school in 1992, took over the role from Deidre Carson. Further, Keith Chandler was accepted as president elect and Paul Jepson became junior vice president.
Mr Mayes has broad ambitions during his presidential year. As chair of the Equine Establishments’ Working Party he hopes that BEVA will be able to help draw up and implement a code of practice for livery yards, dealers, breeders and sanctuaries during 2012, a pivotal part of which would include compliance with passport and welfare regulations.
He explained: “Vets can play an integral role in helping yards comply with a code of practice. Proper knowledge of where all the horses are in the country would be hugely beneficial for disease control and it is imperative to secure a safe future for the single database.”
As chair of the BEVA Welfare Committee, Mr Mayes is actively involved with the development of a simple bio-security code for yards and is responsible for BEVA’s integral role within the UK’s Equine Health and Welfare Strategy.
He has also identified insurance as an important focus for attention during 2012 and, over the next few months, BEVA hopes to work with the industry to produce a downloadable leaflet. This will be made available to insurance companies and BEVA members for inclusion with all insurance correspondence, explaining in simple language the complexities of equine cover, such as veterinary history, exclusions, excesses, maxima and mortality. He is also enthusiastic about building on BEVA’s important role in continuing education.
He said: “As well as congress, BEVA’s not-for-profit CPD programme will provide more than 50 courses next year, including seasonal workshops on subjects from litigation to competition emergencies.
“BEVA must continue to be at the forefront of education, measured comment, respected opinion and collective responsibility for the sake of the horse, the veterinary profession and all of us.”