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BVA Officers Handover And Awards Event: Praise From Outgoing President James Russell After ‘year Like No Other’

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24th September, 2021 12h41


James Russell yesterday (23rd September 2021) concluded his year as British Veterinary Association (BVA) President with a final Presidential Address at BVA’s virtual Officers Handover and Awards event. As well as welcoming his successors in his speech, he also thanked BVA staff, volunteers and members for their hard work and support during a year full of “unprecedented change, challenges and uncertainty.”

He said: “I am also really proud of what has been achieved by BVA and our members in spite of Covid-19. We have a small team of staff who have worked really hard to make sure that we’re still supporting and championing our members and acting as a strong voice for vets at senior political levels across the UK.

“It has been a year like no other, and I can think of no role I would have preferred to hold during this year. It has been an immense honour to serve as BVA President every step of the way.” 

James will continue on the BVA Officer team as Senior Vice President.

During the Officer Handover session, zoo and wildlife veterinary surgeon Dr Justine Shotton was elected BVA President for 2021/22. Winchester-based equine vet Dr Malcolm Morley will also join Justine and James on BVA’s Officer team for 2020/21 after being elected Junior Vice President.

Vets receive awards in celebration of achievements

Three awards were made to vets across the profession at BVA’s virtual awards event. These included BVA awards for outstanding contributions to veterinary science and services to the profession in the UK, and contributions to BVA Council.

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