Lancashire vet Carl Padgett has been elected president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2011/2012. The ceremony took place during BVA Congress this weekend.

Lancashire vet Carl Padgett has been elected president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2011/2012. The ceremony took place during the Annual General Meeting of the BVA at the close of its annual congress, held in London.

Carl Padgett, BVA president 2011/2012Having graduated from Glasgow University in 1989, Mr Padgett has spent most of his career as a large animal practitioner and is a director of Bay Vets Ltd in Lancaster.

A former president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) and recent chairman of trustees of the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation, Mr Padgett has been involved in veterinary politics for more than 15 years.

He said: “My representative roles for BVA, and prior to that BCVA, have enabled me to understand and realise my interest in the veterinary profession; ensuring the profession has a voice and our place in society is valued.

“Vets are not just part of the leisure industry making animals better; we fill a much wider role in underpinning society and its contact with animals at all levels.”

Looking to the future, Mr Padgett said: “Although we do indeed live in a changing world, many of the challenges we face as a profession continue through from one president to the next, as they span beyond the year-long term of office.

“Over the last couple of years BVA has made a lot of progress on a number of policy issues and, in some instances, our lobbying efforts have paid off with Government announcements and new legislation reflecting our endeavours. Looking ahead, much of the coming year will be about putting those policies into practice, and that’s why the theme of my presidential year will be ‘delivering a healthy future’.”

Also during the AGM, BVA president-elect Peter Harlech Jones was elected president-elect of the association for 2011/2012. Mr Harlech Jones qualified from the University of Liverpool veterinary school and spent 20 years in the animal health business both in the UK and overseas working in the fields of research and development and also regulatory affairs.

In 1995 he was appointed the first head of the veterinary division at the newly created European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) in London, playing a leading role in the creation of the new European regulatory system and working at the centre of European institutions. His last post before semi-retirement in 2008 was as head of the global animal health industry association, the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH).

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