Royal Collge of Veterinary Surgeons says it is “delighted” to receive bust of first BSAVA president Cecil Erskine Woodrow from current president Michael Day.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is “delighted” to have received a bust of the first president of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), Cecil Erskine “Woody” Woodrow, from current BSAVA president Michael Day.
The bust was presented by Prof Day to RCVS president Neil Smith at the college in Belgravia House, London yesterday (August 27), and is a replica of the bronze original that stands in the BSAVA headquarters in Gloucestershire.
Woodrow (1903-1990) graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1927 and, after working for a time as an assistant, purchased an equine practice in Chiswick, West London, which he developed successfully as a small animal practice up to the outbreak of the Second World War.
After the war, during which he had joined the Thames Patrol with his yacht, and also piloted and navigated cargo vessels, he continued to build his practice from new premises in London and in Kent.
In 1956, Woodrow was president of the Central Veterinary Society when a meeting was called by Brian Singleton – who became his practice partner – to discuss the formation of a small animal specialist group. Out of that meeting grew BSAVA, which held its inaugural meeting in March 1957, with Woodrow as its first president. He also authored the first BSAVA handbook, The Export and Import of Dogs and Cats, published in 1962.
Yesterday’s presentation was attended by the three surviving members of the group that founded the BSAVA: Nick Henderson, Bruce Vivash Jones and Brian Singleton.
Prof Day said: “I am delighted to present this statue of Woody Woodrow as a reminder of the contribution paid by those founder members back in 1957. They shaped the future for companion animal vets in the UK and globally, through their key role in establishing the BSAVA.
“These pioneers were ambitious about scientific excellence and created a supportive environment for continual professional development.”
Col Smith said: “I am delighted to accept this bust on behalf of the college, to join our Historic Collection, which tells the story of the veterinary profession from its roots in equine practice to the vibrant and diverse profession we see today.
“It is through the foresight and energy of veterinary surgeons like Woody Woodrow, and his colleagues here today, that the profession has evolved and strengthened. It is incumbent on veterinary surgeons of this generation to engage in their profession and ensure it continues to demonstrate such vigour.”