The British Veterinary Association (BVA) Northern Ireland branch elected Simon Doherty as its new president during its AGM on February 4.

Simon Doherty following his presidential inauguration.

The branches contribute local knowledge and expertise into the wider lobbying and representational activities of the BVA.

This includes specifically in Northern Ireland bovine viral diarrhoea and achieving officially brucellosis-free (OBF) status, as well as the broader concerns BVA holds surrounding veterinary education, welfare at slaughter, dog control and disease control and prevention in general.

During his term as president, Simon will be the principal representative of BVA’s Northern Ireland branch on veterinary matters.

He said: “I am truly honoured to be elected as president of the BVA Northern Ireland branch. I look forward to a full and challenging year ahead, working with the team in Northern Ireland as well as my veterinary colleagues throughout Northern Ireland to promote and support this wonderful profession.

“I will also work to champion the highest animal welfare standards for both companion and production animals. I want to engage all BVA members and potential members in Northern Ireland to ensure we continue to work with government, politicians and policy makers to keep the issues that matter to vets on the agenda in Northern Ireland.”

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