At its recent Annual General Meeting, the North of Ireland Veterinary Association (NIVA) elected Simon Doherty MRCVS as the new president for 2015-2016 after serving a year as junior vice president.
The role of NIVA is primarily to speak as one voice to represent the interests and views of all sectors within the local veterinary profession – in practice, government, research, industry and academia, along with communicating and developing important links with other stakeholders in the veterinary and animal health sectors.
Simon will lead NIVA into its 108th year, working closely with the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and other local and national professional bodies. In his incoming president’s report, Simon outlined that he will be focussing on a theme of the role of vets in society, promoting lifelong learning and increasing the awareness of real continuing professional development for the entire profession. He discussed some key events he has planned for the year ahead and thanked Pat Hart MRCVS (Senior Vice President) for her work as President throughout 2014.
Simon is a veterinary surgeon with a keen interest in global livestock health, welfare and preventative medicine, in particular, the design of new and improved vaccines – for farm animals and aquaculture.
He is married with three children.
Simon is also Director of Operations & Business Development at local biotechnology company, SiSaf Ltd, and an ambassador and trustee of livestock development charity, Send A Cow. He is an active member of a number of UK veterinary associations and has a special interest in veterinary education and recent graduate support.
He said: ‘I am truly honoured and delighted to be elected as President and I look forward to representing, supporting and promoting our profession in NI throughout the year ahead. I will strive to promote the highest animal welfare standards for both companion and production animals and make sure our voice is heard in local government and beyond. I want to engage with all veterinarians within the province and promote membership of NIVA by providing a local forum for discussion, networking and debate with fellow veterinary surgeons within NI. I look forward to an exciting year ahead working with NIVA council and its members.”’
The rest of the NIVA council and members look forward to working with their new president in the coming year. There are many ongoing issues of concern for the veterinary profession and agricultural industry in general which require extensive discussion and development. Simon and his colleagues will continue to bring relevant influence and expertise to the ongoing debates about the best way forward for the issues affecting the veterinary profession today.