Edinburgh qualified Sheila Voas has beaten the competition to become Scottish CVO – but what do you think of the appointment?

Edinburgh graduate Sheila Voas has been officially appointed as Scotland’s new chief veterinary officer (CVO).

Mrs Voas has been acting CVO since the departure of previous incumbent Simon Hall, who left the post New Scottish CVO Sheila Voasto become veterinary director of the AHVLA in June 2011.

She said: “It is an honour to be appointed as Scotland’s CVO, having spent much of my career in the profession in Scotland.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the livestock industry, horse and pet owners, vets and scientists to improve the health and welfare of our kept animals.”

Mrs Voas qualified from the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1988. She worked in a Yorkshire-based mixed practice for two years before returning to Scotland, where she locumed and worked part-time at a variety of practices.

She became a veterinary advisory to the Scottish Government in 2004 and was named as deputy CVO in 2010.

Mrs Voas ran in an open recruitment competition for the post of CVO earlier this year and – according to the Scottish Government – looks forward to a starting salary of £88,000.

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