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BSAVA welcomes new president

02 May 2018, at 11:49am

Incoming BSAVA President Philip Lhermette will champion 21st century education, drive the veterinary agenda forward and build on the holistic vision of support for the profession established by his predecessor John Chitty. Three strategic themes will underpin his year in office:

1. Veterinary education in the 21st century 

In his new role, Philip will oversee the opening of 21st century veterinary education facilities at the refurbished BSAVA headquarters, Woodrow House, which will deliver first class science and CPD for members.

2. Driving the veterinary agenda forward

BSAVA has a rolling five-year strategic plan to deliver services to members in the most effective way. BSAVA is frequently called on to provide input into a variety of matters affecting the profession, including legislative changes, which have increased as a result of Brexit. Philip will work with BSAVA’s Policy Groups to address many of the challenges and provide valuable support services to members.

3. Holistic support for the veterinary profession

Philip will champion further initiatives to support a “no blame” culture across the profession, focus on greater engagement with students and increase support for graduates in their first three years in practice, with a view to retain- ing more graduates in clinical practice.

Philip said he was looking forward to the role: “Being able to give something back to the profession I love is a great honour and I am very proud of BSAVA’s role in supporting members and creating a brighter future. Once you leave the small world you inhabit in general practice and start to understand where we fit into the global picture as a profession, you realise the importance of communication and cooperation. “One of the major challenges ahead will be Brexit and the impact it will have on jobs, pharmaceuticals, research and many other aspects of veterinary life and life in general, so we are working in close association with BVA and others to try and mitigate the impact these changes will have on the profession.”