New BVA president brings three decades of experience

John Fishwick
  (Photo: The British Veterinary Association )

John Fishwick has been announced as the new president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), bringing with him over 30 years’ worth of experience. 

It was announced at Thursday’s annual BVA Members’ Day in Belfast that the senior lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) will be taking over the position for the next 12 months.

“It is a huge honour to represent my fellow members of BVA,” said Fishwick. “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. 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.”

The new president graduated from Cambridge University in 1985, where he worked in small animal and farm animal general practices upon finishing his studies. Fishwick has focused on cattle health and production and became a lecturer in Farm Animal Practice at the RVC in 1990, where he oversaw the farm animal side of the college’s Large Animal Practice serving clients throughout Hertfordshire and Essex.

He moved to Saudi Arabia in 1995 where he worked as the head veterinarian to the world’s largest fully integrated dairy company, farming over 25,000 high-producing dairy cows in a desert environment.

In 2003, Fishwick returned to the UK where he took up a position at the RVC once again as senior lecturer in dairy herd medicine. From 2006, he was head of the biological services unit for three years. In 2012, he was appointed as head of the newly established department of production and population health, before standing down as department head earlier this year.

The theme of his presidential year will be ‘Team Vet, working together’, building on the ‘Team Vet’ campaign launched earlier this year by the BVA and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA).

At the Members’ Day, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the BVA and BVNA, emphasising on the importance of working together.

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