BSAVA welcomes new president - Veterinary Practice
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BSAVA welcomes new president

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

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

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.”

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