Veterinary academic Sandy Trees has been appointed to the House of Lords as a cross bench peer. Prof Trees said he “relishes the opportunity” to raise the profile of the profession and what it can contribute.

Veterinary academic and notable Sandy Trees has been appointed to the House of Lords.

The Liverpool parasitologist and RCVS past-president has been named as a cross bench peer, following recommendation by the House of Lords Appointment Commission.

How Prof Sandy Trees may look attending the House of Lords.The appointment, which he says is “a great honour and a wonderful opportunity”, will make Prof Trees the second vet in the Lords, alongside Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior.

He said: “I look forward to the prospect of ensuring legislation relating to animal health and welfare is fit for purpose but I also feel that veterinary surgeons have a great deal to offer society more broadly and I will relish the opportunity of raising the profile of the profession and what it can contribute.”

“Beyond the immediate veterinary sphere, my areas of experience include science, the environment, education, middle eastern politics and tropical medicine, so I hope to be able to contribute to the work of the House of Lords on many fronts.”

The news has received a warm welcome from the wider profession, especially BVA and the RCVS, which supported Prof Trees during the selection process.

Expressing his delight at Prof Trees’ appointment RCVS president Jerry Davies said: “I know that he will not only represent the profession on all matters of veterinary science, veterinary education, animal welfare and public health, but as a cross-bencher, he will also bring a breadth of experience to bear on issues outside the immediate interests of our profession.”

BVA president Carl Padgett added he was absolutely delighted at the news and he was pleased the Appointments Commission had recognised the value veterinary input could bring to the House.


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