DAERA vet is elected as new BVA president

Seamus O'Kane, BVA
Seamus O'Kane, BVA

The Northern Ireland Branch of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has elected Jean Wales as its new President at its AGM, which was held at The Seagoe Hotel, Portadown on 25 January.

After serving a year as Junior Vice President, Jean will succeed Seamus O’Kane (pictured) as BVA Northern Ireland President, the principal representative of BVA in Northern Ireland, alongside her day job working for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

Jean said: “I am honoured to be elected as the President of BVA Northern Ireland Branch. I believe that my range of experience in both public and private veterinary work and my many interfaces with other aspects of the veterinary profession throughout my career have equipped me well to represent the whole profession. I look forward to working with the BVA Branch team and veterinary colleagues throughout Northern Ireland to provide a strong voice for vets that best represents their views and ensures the profession continues to be seen as a valued, evidence-based body on animal health, welfare and disease eradication.”

Congratulating Jean on her election, BVA President Gudrun Ravetz said: “I am delighted to welcome Jean as President of BVA Northern Ireland Branch and know she will bring both knowledge and passion to the role. The work of BVA’s Branches is invaluable in representing the veterinary profession in the devolved nations, where animal health and welfare are the responsibility of the individual nation. Northern Ireland’s vets have achieved landmark achievements in the last few years, such as the country’s official brucellosis free (OBF) status, and I know Jean will continue this successful close working with Government, industry, farmers, vets and other partners.”