Executors of the late Mary Brancker’s will have notified the Veterinary Benevolent Fund (VBF) that the charity will receive a share of her estate – a sum said to be in the region of £40,000.
Executors of the late Mary Brancker’s will have notified the Veterinary Benevolent Fund (VBF) that the charity will receive a share of her estate.
Mary Brancker lived and breathed the veterinary profession during her life and through the legacy will continue to make an impact on the lives of those in the profession who need support.
Mary was one of only a handful of women vets when she qualified in 1937. She founded the Society of Women Veterinary Surgeons and became one of the first women on BVA Council before becoming the first woman president of the association since its foundation in 1881.
Mary was later awarded an OBE for her services as BVA president during the century’s most serious outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (1967) and a CBE for services to animal health and welfare in 2000.
She was also a long-time member of the VBF – a charity run by vets for the profession for more than a hundred years and is uniquely positioned to really understand what support is needed.
The services currently provided by the charity are:
- The Vet Helpline,
- The Veterinary Benevolent Fund,
- The Veterinary Surgeons’ Health Support Programme and
- The Vetlife website.
It is envisaged that Mary’s gift – a sum said to be in the region of £40,000 – will be used specifically for the redevelopment of the Vetlife website which is currently underway and for other essential support for veterinary colleagues in need.
VBF president Lydia Brown said: “Mary was a personal friend and her gift is so typical of her kindness and her appreciation of her career. I hope others will follow Mary’s wonderful example and consider giving generously to VBF.
“A legacy is of enormous benefit to our charity and the veterinary profession as a whole. Although we are making every effort to adapt to the changing needs of the profession there is always more that can be done if we have sufficient funding.”
- The new version of the Vetlife website will be launched at the London Vet Show in November.