Along with science and socials, Congress also hosts the annual changing of the guard for BCVA, with the AGM taking place on the final day. Members voted to accept the recommendations for the Officer Board, some in attendance some by proxy, along with a new Board member, Rob Howe, of LLM vets. It was also the last Board meeting chaired by President Nikki Hopkins, who served two years as a result of the challenges of covid.
In picking up the presidential baton from Nikki, Elizabeth Berry said, “It is such a privilege to take on this role. It has been an honour to support Nikki in the last few years when she has diligently served our profession during an international crisis. It is reassuring to know that I’m surrounded by such a talented and dedicated Board – who have all really proven how committed they are to their farm vet colleagues, even during the most challenging times. If I have a theme for my year at all it is about teamwork – an essential part of all our lives, whether that is on a personal, daily level on-farm, or at a national, representative level where this association will be collaborating with our colleagues across the profession for the good of farm animal vets, for our clients, and for the welfare of the animals in our care.”
Dr Elizabeth Berry qualified at Liverpool University in 1986. Elizabeth has enjoyed a varied career, which included five years in mixed practice and a period at the Milk Marketing Board (now Genus), running a mastitis consultancy field service. She has worked with the health product manufacturer Animax Ltd since the early 90s and has a PhD in bovine mastitis from the Institute for Animal Health.