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Professor Lesley Young Awarded Honorary Membership Of BEVA

4 weeks ago

8th September, 2022 15h30


Professor Lesley E Young, an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and Honorary Professor at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has been awarded Honorary Membership of BEVA, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the equine veterinary profession, specifically her dedication to developing and sharing knowledge of veterinary cardiology. 

Lesley qualified in 1987 from Liverpool University. She is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Veterinary cardiology and a Diplomate of the European College of Equine medicine. In 1992 she moved to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies where she began to use ultrasound to study the effects of general anaesthesia on the equine heart and was awarded a PhD in 1995. 

Though a specialist in veterinary cardiology, Lesley’s case load is exclusively equine Whilst based at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket she made significant contributions to the understanding of heart murmurs and arrhythmias in athletic horses. In recognition of her contribution to this aspect of equine cardiology, she was invited to participate in the recent American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Consensus statement entitled Recommendations for equine athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities. Lesley has been a specialist consultant in equine cardiology, working with equine practices across the UK and Europe for almost a decade.

Lesley has been a highly active member of BEVA and served on council between 2011 and 2017, representing the membership through the Education and Health and Medicine committees. She was instrumental in the development and execution of some of BEVA’s best Cardiology Courses “Practical Equine Cardiology” (later Hands-on Cardiology) and Practical Cardiac Ultrasound (later called Cardiac Ultrasound for the equine practitioner & specialist).

When asked about Lesley, Victoria South a BEVA Council member, RCVS Specialist, and European Diplomate in Equine Internal Medicine said: “Lesley works tirelessly for the betterment of understanding of cardiac disease in the horse. She has also created a team of peripatetic experts capable of electroconversion of atrial fibrillation at many UK centres, bringing the best cardiology expertise to the locations that want it, and horses that need it. Notwithstanding this, what stands out the most is her exemplary character; receiving enquiries for assistance with practitioners’ cardiac patients with warmth, patience and energy.” 

Lesley is also highly published. A Research Gate search quotes her as having 64 publications, 11,832 reads, and 2,260 citations.

Honorary membership is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the equine veterinary profession. Individuals are nominated by other BEVA members and then approved by BEVA Council and at the BEVA AGM. They receive free BEVA membership for life.

“It is my opinion that Lesley is an outstanding example of an equine veterinary surgeon,” said outgoing BEVA President Huw Griffiths. “Her energetic and enthusiastic teaching style, coupled with her in depth knowledge and understanding of the topic make her a such an asset to the profession. 

“She is informed, always using the latest evidence to find her solutions. Equally, she is a fantastic communicator and teacher. Her knowledge is transferred seamlessly to other vets and clients alike via her engaging manner and her stellar humour. She is an inspiring ambassador for our profession and is thoroughly deserving of Honorary Membership of BEVA.” 

Lesley Young said: “I am proud and delighted to have received honorary membership of BEVA. I have been extremely fortunate that throughout my career, I have been able to indulge my interest in cardiology, exercise physiology and athletic horses. Hopefully along the way, I've also been able to share some of that passion with fellow veterinary professionals, who have always made my clinical work and research a genuine joy."

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