Moray vet elected president of industry body
VET Kathleen Robertson has been elected as president for the British Veterinary Association's (BVA) Scottish Branch.
The decision was taken at the body's annual general meeting, held in Edinburgh yesterday.
A University of Glasgow graduate with experience in farm animal, equine and small animal practice, anaesthesia and more recently veterinary business and politics, Kathleen has held diverse positions spanning clinical practice, teaching, inspection and consultancy work.
Since 2012, she has been working as a locum in Morayshire and Inverness and as secretary for Vet Trust.
Kathleen said it was an honour, adding: "I believe my varied clinical and non-clinical experience and previous veterinary representative roles will enable me to represent the broad range of issues that matter to vets in Scotland, including the current uncertainties around Brexit.
"I look forward to working with the BVA Scottish Branch team and veterinary colleagues throughout Scotland to provide a strong voice for vets and to champion the tremendous work that BVA does on their behalf to members."
Kathleen sits on the Scottish Antimicrobial Stewardship Group, the Livestock Health Scotland Board and the Veterinary Delivery Landscape project and is an honorary secretary of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons. She has been involved with the BVA as a Scottish regional representative since 2010, prior to joining the BVA Scottish Branch team last year as junior vice president. Her association with BVA has been characterised by grassroots involvement with vets in Scotland to promote BVA’s work and represent their views during policy making.
In 2016, Kathleen was awarded the Bleby Cup in recognition of her outstanding contribution to BVA Council.