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Mr Peter Harlech Jones Elected President-Elect Of The British Veterinary Association (BVA) For 2011/2012

12 years ago

25th September, 2011 18h28

Mr Peter Harlech Jones was elected President-Elect of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2011/2012. The ceremony took place during the Annual General Meeting of the BVA at the close of its Annual Congress, held in London. Mr Harlech Jones, an international consultant on veterinary medicines, was born and raised in North Wales. He qualified from the University of Liverpool Veterinary School. After several years in practice in Wales and London - plus a spell in Ontario, Canada - Peter joined the pharmaceutical industry and spent 20 years in the animal health business both in the UK and overseas working in the fields of research and development and also regulatory affairs. In 1995 he was appointed the first head of the Veterinary Division at the newly created European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) in London, playing a leading role in the creation of the new European regulatory system and working at the centre of European institutions. His last post before semi-retirement in 2008 was as head of the global animal health industry association, the International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH). Within the BVA Peter has served on the Veterinary Policy Group and as chair of the Medicines Group. A former secretary and chairman of the Association of Veterinarians in Industry, he also participates in the work of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) as well as being a member of the RCVS working group charged with rewriting the Guide to Professional Conduct. He also acts as a consultant to GALVmed whose aim is to make livestock vaccines, diagnostics and medicines accessible to those in developing countries for whom livestock is a lifeline. Delighted at being elected as President-Elect, Peter said: “I am immensely proud to be a member of the veterinary profession whose dedication, compassion and huge commitment continues to ensure the health and welfare of animals in their care and I have really welcomed my involvement with the BVA since retiring from full-time employment. “Working with many international organisations has really made me realise how important a part the veterinarian plays in safeguarding human health as well as animal health and also in guaranteeing food security at a time when this issue is achieving such high profile in world affairs. “I am honoured to be elected to the Officer team at BVA and look forward to playing my part in supporting all the different branches of the profession.”

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