The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has voiced the importance of teamwork in the appointing of its new president John Fishwick.
The senior lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) will take on a year’s presidential stint with the theme ‘Team Vet, working together’.
His role will take on more than 30 years’ experience in veterinary practice and academia including experience from work as head veterinarian to the world’s fully integrated dairy company in Saudi Arabia and head of the Department of Production and Population Health.
Mr Fishwick also spent seven years as lecturer in Farm Animal Practice at the RVC before returning to the College in 2003 as senior lecturer in Dairy Herd Medicine and head of the Biological Services Unit.
He said: “I am constantly inspired by the tenacity and dedication of my colleagues and it is a privilege – particularly during this time of professional, social and political upheaval – to be so involved in a profession that is pivotal to animal health, welfare and protecting human health too.
“I am very much looking forward to the opportunities, and challenges, of the year ahead and the potential of the veterinary team if we all work together.”
The 2017/18 presidential year hopes to build on the success of the ‘Team Vet’ campaign launched earlier in the year by the BVA and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), which aims to encourage support within the sector.
NFU president Meurig Raymond added: “We are very pleased that John has been elected as the new BVA president.
“Given his background and experience in large animal practice, I am confident that the farming industry will be well represented.
“The NFU looks forward to working closely with John and his colleagues at the BVA during this tenure.”