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Suffolk-born vet becomes president of British Veterinary Association

PUBLISHED: 10:25 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 22 September 2017

John Fishwick, president of the British Veterinary Association. Picture: EMEDIA

John Fishwick, president of the British Veterinary Association. Picture: EMEDIA

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A Suffolk-born vet has become president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

John Fishwick, president of the British Veterinary Association. Picture: BVAJohn Fishwick, president of the British Veterinary Association. Picture: BVA

John Fishwick, the son of a Saxmundham vet, was elected BVA president for 2016/2017 at the association’s annual Members’ Day in Belfast on September 21.

He was born and brought up in Saxmundham. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1985, he worked in small animal and farm animal general practice, specialising in cattle health and production. He became a lecturer in Farm Animal Practice at the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 where he was responsible for the farm animal side of its Large Animal Practice (Ambulatory Clinic).

In 1997, he became head veterinarian to the world’s largest fully integrated dairy company in Saudi Arabia, returned to the RVC in 2003, and was head of its Department of Production and Population Health from 2012 to 2017. He said it was “a huge honour” to be elected.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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