Richard Dixon was inaugurated as president of the BSAVA on the closing day of the association’s 2009 Congress in Birmingham.
Mr Dixon took on the role during the association’s annual general meeting yesterday (April 6) as previous post-holder Ed Hall stepped down, becoming senior vice-president.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Dixon told delegates: “It is with both eager anticipation and awareness of the responsibility which comes with the role that I look forward enormously to the year ahead. Few people are fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to lead what I consider to be simply the finest veterinary association in the world.”
Mr Dixon praised the work done by outgoing president Ed Hall over the previous year, as well as the ongoing work of the Officer team. He said: “I can say without hesitation that the volunteers in the BSAVA are the most incredibly talented individuals I have ever worked alongside.”
Of the association itself, Mr Dixon said: “Taking the ongoing success of BSAVA for granted would be a huge error of judgement in an increasingly demanding and competitive environment. The UK economy is under stress right now and whilst the small animal veterinary profession would appear to be holding up relatively well so far, those of us charged with leading the association forwards will work to ensure increasingly good value and benefits are derived from membership of BSAVA.
“The huge success of this year’s congress shows an ongoing commitment of the profession to the BSAVA. However, the area of membership recruitment and retention rightly deserves to remain at the top of the BSAVA agenda for the coming 12 months.”
He concluded: “The year ahead is one that I am wholeheartedly looking forward to, working alongside some fabulous and talented people and through potentially challenging times. As part of that team I look forward to representing BSAVA at home and abroad and endeavouring to ensure that the finest veterinary association in the world continues to go from strength to strength.”