It is with sadness that we have to report that Lord Soulsby, a long standing council member of the Central Veterinary Society has died on the 8th of May. Lord Soulsby was the first Veterinary Surgeon to enter the House of Lords in 1990. During his exceptional career he was both president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Royal Society of Medicine. He was dedicated to ‘One Health’ and he received the Queen’s medal in recognition of this and for his contributions to veterinary politics. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Dr Andrew Edney, past president and current council member for very many years, died peacefully on Thursday 2nd March. He was a regular presence at council meetings, CPD meetings and dinners at the Farmer’s club and will be missed.
Dr Edney had been a veterinary surgeon for some 50 years. He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London. Post-graduate studies lead to a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Masters degree in History. He has written a number of books relating to animals. He was also past president of the WSAVA and the BSAVA.
The Centenary Prize was awarded to Professor Abigail Woods for her services to the Central Veterinary Society. Abigail has been part of the officer team for the best part of ten years as Treasurer, Secretary, President and Senior Vice President. The Central Veterinary Society would not be in the shape it is today without Abigail’s hard work and organisational skills.
Professor The Lord Trees was presented with Honorary Fellowship of the Central Veterinary Society by the president, for his continued support of the veterinary profession after the AGM and dinner at the Caledonian Club.
Shailen Jassani MA VetMB MRCVS DACVECC was awarded the CVS Centenary Prize for the best lecture of the 2014 – 2015 lecture series for his lecture on: Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Abigail Woods, senior Vice-President of the Central Veterinary Society has just been appointed Professor of the History of Human and Animal Health by Kings College London.
She has worked in academia since completing her PhD on the history of foot and mouth disease in 2002 and has published widely on the history of One Health, livestock health, agriculture and the veterinary profession. This is the UK’s first chair in veterinary history, and its creation reflects the importance of Abigail’s work to historians and veterinarians alike. You can find about her career change from veterinary practitioner to veterinary historian in this 2013 Veterinary Record careers article: http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/172/9/i.full.pdf+html
Professor John Bleby died on 19 July 2015. He was president of the Central Veterinary Society in 1970-1971 and 1995-1996 and represented the Central Veterinary Society on BVA council for many years. During his long career he was an officer in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC), Director of the MRC’s Laboratory Animals Centre and Professor at the Royal Veterinary College. He tirelessly campaigned for animal welfare, in particular for the welfare of animals used in research, for the abolition of sow crates and the removal of rabies quarantine for pets coming into the UK. His obituary in the Telegraph can be accessed here:
The Bleby Cup is presented by BVA Officers annually to the Council member who, in the opinion of the Officers, has made an outstanding contribution at Council. The Cup was given to the Association by John Bleby after a remarkable 42 years on BVA Council representing Central Veterinary Society. Professor Bleby’s final Council meeting was in July 2010.
The members of the Central Veterinary Society have sponsored the restauration of Bracy’s Hoof, a fold out pasteboard model of a horse’s hoof dated 1820. http://rcvsknowledgelibraryblog.org/2013/01/16/a-model-hoof
The Council of the Central Veterinary Society have unanimously voted to present Prof The Lord Sandy Trees BVM&S PhD MRCVS with Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Central Veterinary Society.