New BSAVA president Tricia Colville has outlined key elements of her strategic vision, which include better regional communications, support for professional development and expanding the volunteer network.

BSAVA president Tricia Colville. Image © BSAVA.

Speaking at BSAVA Congress, Mrs Colville said she would also like to raise the profile of the BSAVA’s charity division PetSavers.

She said: “It’s an honour to be asked to take on this role, but I don’t see it as just my year, it’s also for the team of volunteers around me – a team I’m very privileged to be able to lead.

“I have got so much out of the BSAVA that has been useful in my daily and working life and I want to have discussions with people about how the BSAVA can help their development too.”

Mrs Colville had a number of roles for the BSAVA, including working in membership development and as chair of PetSavers. Most recently, she abseiled down the ICC building at congress to raise funds for the charity.

She added: ‘‘The different roles you have do influence the slant you take when you go forward and that’s one of the reasons I signed up to the abseil, anything I can do I will. What is also dear to my heart is the membership. I realise the members and the volunteers are very much a community, I think that’s what is very special about the BSAVA.

”You have to understand the pressures that first opinion practitioners are under and the questions they are being asked. Fundamentally to me we have wanted very much to get back to continuing to improve our communications within the regions. The other thing we’re working really hard on is the massive volunteer network and realising how time is becoming more of a premium, so we want more support for that.”

Mrs Colville outlined that congress is the flagship BSAVA event and illustrates the diversity of the profession. She is looking forward to helping build on previous successes with new innovations in 2016.

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