Alison Speakman has been appointed the 65th President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), taking over from the outgoing President, Sheldon Middleton.  

Alison has been an active member of the BSAVA since graduating from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 1991.

She works in small animal practice and has completed a residency in feline medicine at Liverpool University’s School of Veterinary Science, as well as a PhD in canine Bordetella bronchiseptica.

She has also spent two years working in industry. 

Sheldon will stay on to support the BSAVA as Senior Vice President.

Alison says her priorities for her time in office are to develop more innovative materials across the Association's Education, Congress, and Publications arms, to beef up the digital offering, and to focus on mental heath and wellbeing in the profession.

Alison said: "I’ve been a passionate member of the BSAVA throughout my career and a volunteer for almost as long.

"As a working vet, I know first-hand the value of being part of a professional community: the importance of shared values, educational opportunities, and support shouldn’t be underestimated.

"We must remain focussed on the day-to-day challenges veterinary teams face, respond appropriately and at pace, and continue to explore new and effective ways to support our members.”

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