Alexander Campbell believes he is leaving the Veterinary Poisons Information Service in good shape after announcing his departure earlier this week.

Alexander Campbell believes he is leaving the Veterinary Poisons Information Service in good shape after announcing his departure earlier this week.

Alex CampbellAfter 20 years in the role Mr Campbell steps down as head of service at the VPIS on September 15 to take up the presidency of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists.

He told vetsonline: “It is going to be hard to walk though so doors for the final time but in life when doors open you have to walk through them.”

However, he added: “I think I will be leaving the service in great shape. When we set VPIS up in 1992, that first year we had just 1,000 enquiries but now that number is up to 20,000.

“We have had our problems and it was a difficult time when we faced closure a few years ago. Thankfully the BSAVA and the BVA spoke up for us, as did the rest of the profession, and I think that showed how highly the service is valued by vets.”

Following the departure of its founder the service will be run by a business development manager and a vet specialising in emergency critical care. An announcement regarding the two posts will be made next week.

Mr Campbell added: “I think it will be a big step forward having a vet on the team and that is one of many changes that I think will help the service into the future.

“There are plenty of other changes planned too with developments in our CPD and the service is also looking at different methods of information delivery.”

However, Mr Campbell will not sever his links entirely and will continue to act as an advisor to the VPIS.

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