Internationally-renowned vet Amanda Boag has been appointed by IVC Evidensia as its chief medical officer.
The former Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) president moves to the newly-created role from her role as group referrals director.
Sitting on the company’s executive committee, she will provide fellow senior management members with important insights into the perspectives of vets and vet nurses.
Amanda said: “I’m really excited by this opportunity. The business is young and the creation of a senior role focussed on providing leadership for all clinical and veterinary professional activity is an important step.
“Our veterinary professionals are incredible people and I will be working tirelessly to ensure we offer the best working environments for our teams, with excellent career development and opportunities, supported by a good work-life balance, and delivering the best possible care for our patients and their owners.”
Between 2003 and 2008 she was a lecturer in emergency and critical care (ECC) at the RVC as well as head of the intensive care unit and co-director of the blood transfusion service.
Amanda took up the post of clinical director at Vets Now in September 2008 before moving to IVC Evidensia in 2020.
In her new role as CMO, Amanda will be working with key parts of the business, particularly the IVC Evidensia Academy and the clinical boards, which together lead education, professional standards, and clinical innovation for the group.
She added: “We’ve always had strong clinical boards with their finger on the pulse and representation from across our practices, and our IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy helps shape the clinicians of the future. I’m keen that we continue to keep pace and look to the future.
“But my overarching aim will be to ensure we support vet surgeons and vet nurses in developing their skills, both as clinicians and as leaders, to share knowledge, to advance standards, and to continue to create valuable initiatives like the BAME Diversity Scholarship and the GVMB Research Fund.”
Steve Clarke, Group CEO at IVC Evidensia, which has more than 1,500 veterinary clinics in 12 countries across Europe, said, “I am delighted that Amanda will be taking on the role of Chief Medical Officer. Our vets and vet nurses are at the heart of what we do and the creation of the chief medical officer role is integral to the evolution of the group. Amanda’s extensive experience across the clinical, regulatory and educational sectors will make sure we have a strong voice and guidance at the most senior level of the business.
“As a responsible member of the veterinary community and a large employer, it’s vitally important that we invest in our people and processes to continue to improve the standards of clinical excellence, as well as offering outstanding career development.”
Amanda was an elected member of RCVS Council from 2012-2020, sat as president in 2018/19, and is currently chair of the RCVS Knowledge Board of Trustees. She has also served as a member of the Education Committee and chaired the Preliminary Investigation Committee/Disciplinary Committee Liaison Committee.
She was founding president of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC), which oversees specialist training in ECC in Europe, and is currently treasurer of the European Board of Veterinary Specialization (EBVS).