Vet leaders are optimistic about 2011 and have called on the profession to unite in the face of ongoing media scrutiny, financial pressures and sometimes strained relations with the Government.

Veterinary leaders are optimistic about 2011 and have called on the profession to unite in the face of ongoing media scrutiny, financial pressures and sometimes strained relations with the Government.

How vets deal with media scrutiny, such as in the case of last year's Panorama report, is one of several considerations for the coming year.Speaking to Veterinary Times reporter Emma Cooper, the heads of the BVA, BSAVA, BCVA, SPVS and the RCVS reflected on the past 12 months and discussed their priorities and hopes for the future.

Hot topics included legislative reform, official veterinarian (OV) work and the profession’s relationship with Animal Health (AH) and new education and CPD initiatives.

For RCVS president Peter Jinman, professional responsibility in the face of public suspicion and scrutiny was a big theme, particularly following July’s Panorama exposé of Medivet.

BSAVA president Grant PetrieBSAVA president Grant Petrie said his association’s aim for 2011 was “to keep pushing the boundaries” in promoting excellent small animal practice, and he was especially excited about the forthcoming development of a new postgraduate qualification.

Richard Holborrow, who is set to take on the SPVS presidency in May, said his association would be actively pushing for VSA change and helping the Royal College with its ongoing review of the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct, as well as promoting the role of VNs in practice and the health and well-being of all veterinary staff.

BCVA president John Fishwick listed improved CPD and new graduate support as two of his association’s main remits for the year, as well as continued lobbying on bovine tuberculosis (bTB) testing and control.

BVA president Harvey Locke said that OV tendering would be “one of the biggest things we’ll have to deal with” in 2011, but admitted that relations with AH were currently at a “strained” stalemate.

  • For full details, and more from each of the association heads, see this week’s Veterinary Times.

 

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