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The 20th Annual General Meeting of the BSAVA (Ltd) was held at the Kingston Theatre, Austin Court, International Convention Centre, Birmingham, on Sunday 7th April 2013, at 10.45 am.

13.05 President's Address

  1. Top of page
  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

Members of the Association,

It is traditional for the President to update members on the Association's activities in the last 12 months – and comment on what lies ahead. The activities of each committee will be in the Honorary Secretary's report and the Honorary Treasurer will outline the finances of the association.

This has been another very busy year for the Association. I have represented the Association at a number of events during my Presidency. This started with the BSAVA Northern Ireland Congress. The theme was “The fat, the bald and the thirsty”; something my wife thought most appropriate for me. The weather was glorious and the company was fun and interesting – which I have come to find to be the case with vets the world over.

The VICAS Congress in the Republic of Ireland was notable, and the BSAVA Scottish Congress was especially impressive – with its excellent Ceilidh.

There were a number of overseas trips too – to Budapest for the ISFM Congress, North America for NAVC, Barcelona for SEVC, and I was particularly lucky to go to New Zealand for the WSAVA Congress in March. To meet so many colleagues in these countries was an enormous privilege, and to hear how much BSAVA Congress and Publications are valued throughout the world made me proud to have played a small part in the Association's activities.

I equally enjoyed visiting our sister Association Congresses in Liverpool with BVA and was pleased to see how well the BVNA Congress is developing for the nurses in Telford.

For the Association there have been significant developments within Woodrow House. The re-organisation and appointment of Heads of Business Units has followed on from the previous appointment of Francis Barr as HBU of Education.

Amanda Stranack has been appointed HBU of our Congress team. Our business model for Congress has been extremely successful but we know we cannot stand still. Amanda has been working hard on a strategy for our present Congresses and has been reviewing the strategy of expanding overseas and the types of events we offer. She has brought a wealth of knowledge from her previous experience, for which we are grateful.

Equally exciting is the appointment of Greg Moxon as HBU of Publications. Again he has brought a wealth of experience. His remit is not just to continue to produce the highly regarded manuals that BSAVA Publications committee is rightly proud of; he has also presented to Board his plans for digitisation of not just our manuals but all our available print resources. At this Congress, we have presented five e-Books which have been successfully demonstrated on our Publications stand.

Publication committee will of course still continue to produce our world renowned manuals in print, with four manuals plus three additional books launched at Congress this year. I saw for myself the high esteem that these titles are held in across the globe during my visits to North America, Europe and even as far away as New Zealand. The manuals sell in huge numbers and are appreciated for their quality and practical approach.

The digitisation project is very exciting and I see it as being vital to the long-term expansion of the Association. As I have said before our goals are “science and education”. The delivery of our science and education is going to be more and more by digital means.

BSAVA exists to “promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science”. This remains our central remit and education is at the core of our mission. Our Continuing Education goes from strength to strength in a highly competitive market.

We are rightly very proud of our Postgraduate Certificates in Medicine and Surgery; places on these courses rapidly sold out again, despite expanding the number of places available last year. Education Committee is not sitting back on its laurels, but is looking to diversify into other areas.

The innovative Nursing Merit Awards have proved a great success. I had the privilege of presenting the first Award at this Congress. It is satisfying that nurses are equally interested in increasing their knowledge. In addition this year's webinars have been a great success – allowing us to deliver quality CPD in ways that are relevant and accessible to our membership.

The Regions are also key in delivering accessible CPD – and one of the reasons we are such a strong organisation. This part of the Association is also close to my heart, as I started many years ago on Surrey and Sussex Committee.

The Regional planning forums that I attended this year demonstrated the Association at its best. These well attended meetings are full of dedicated volunteers giving their time freely and are teeming with ideas. They are the future of the Association. The major change has been a re-organisation into a more logical geographic structure. So we now have a full Welsh/Cymru Region – which matches the Welsh Assembly.

SAVSNET – the Small Animal Surveillance Network – has continued to develop. I shall be following its progress with great interest over the next 3 years. My practice was involved in the pilot project from the start and I think this will be such a huge benefit to the profession and will ultimately benefit animal welfare.

Our scientific credentials have been greatly enhanced by the appointment of our Scientific Policy Officer Sally Everitt. With her support, the Scientific Committee has reviewed and updated our policy statements. Her contribution has been invaluable in enabling us to contribute to what appear to be the ever increasing number of consultations from Government and other organisations. It is essential that we use scientific evidence as the main support for our advice in these consultations – and we are in a better place than ever to do just that.

BSAVA has responded to 22 external consultations this year on a wide range of subjects, including fraudulent prescriptions, the ethical review of practice-based research, surveillance and wildlife law.

The dominant subject of consultation this year has been dog control and compulsory microchipping for which there have been consultations in three of the four devolved administrations (England, Wales and Northern Ireland, all with slightly different legislation).

As President you are called upon to attend a lot of committee meetings. This year the most significant consultation was the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's meeting entitled “Dog Control and Welfare”. Appearing in front of a Parliamentary Committee to give oral evidence was akin to repeating my final year viva exams. This involved giving evidence alongside Peter Harlech-Jones, President of the BVA. The remit for this committee was quite wide ranging, covering not just the public concerns over dangerous dogs, but also problems with breeding highlighted by the television programme “Pedigree Dogs Exposed”. It is vital that the veterinary profession had this opportunity to influence the Government's legislation on canine legislation.

We made a series of recommendations, including consolidation of legislation, microchipping of all dogs, introduction of Dog Control Notices, reduction in the threshold for licensing breeders to 2 litters per year, co-ordinated efforts to share and gather data on health problems in dogs, an annual independent review of breed standards led by members of the veterinary profession, and giving the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding a regulatory role.

Overall, the resulting report from EFRACOM supported many of the recommendations that BSAVA and BVA proposed – which suggests that they took note of the written and oral evidence we submitted.

The report was fairly critical of Defra, stating that they are not taking the issues sufficiently seriously and that recent recommendations do not go far enough, specifically commenting on the lack of preventive action and lack of controls on the breeding and socialisation of dogs. There was also some criticism of the Kennel Club indicating that they should be giving a much stronger lead on dog health and welfare issues.

Indeed, our views did not always coincide with the Kennel Club, yet we are keen to work alongside our colleagues there and hope to start a joint Officers meeting with them to improve communication between the organisations in the future. We were grateful for their participation in our press conference on Thursday about genetic diseases where we discussed the scientific solutions to inherited conditions.

One of the most significant announcements after the EFRACOM meeting was the government announcement that compulsory microchipping will be a legal requirement for dogs from 2016. BSAVA has always supported compulsory microchipping; however, we are concerned that the announcement from Defra that “All dogs in England to get free microchips” has been made prematurely, without full consideration of the implications and consequences.

In order for compulsory microchipping to be successful it is important that all stages in the chain – from the supply of microchips through to registration and maintenance of the databases – are properly thought through and funded. BSAVA is currently consulting its members to gather their views and concerns and we hope to be involved in a productive conversation with all interested parties.

Another important change that we were involved in – though not all our views were taken into consideration – were the changes to the Pet Travel Scheme legislation that came into effect on January 1, 2012. While to date there have not been any serious disease outbreaks as a result of this, there is increasing concern about the number of puppies entering the UK from Eastern Europe, both legally and illegally, with the potential risks to animal health and welfare of transporting such young animals over long distances, and the increased risk, where they do not comply fully with the import requirements, of the introduction of Echinococcus multilocularis or even potentially rabies.

During the year, BSAVA has worked closely with the BVA on a number of issues. The EFRACOM report is an example that when veterinary associations work together and present a united front then the Government is more likely to listen to our views.

We have worked well with the BVA over the year. I would like to thank the Officers of BVA, Peter Harlech-Jones, Robin Hargreaves and Carl Padgett and the BVA's staff for their help. Equally I believe BVA recognises the hard work of the BSAVA and in particular how our Scientific Policy Officer Sally Everitt has contributed to the process.

As well as all these external and joint consultations, BSAVA is now also developing its membership consultations on subjects of interest to companion animal vets. We have run successful consultations on the role of VNs in monitoring and maintaining anaesthesia, as well as capturing members’ views on the challenges to the profession posed by the increase in numbers of students and the proposed new vet school.

We hope to develop this process of consultation so that we are able to effectively represent our members’ views and concerns in external consultations.

We are a small profession and we need to continue to work with our members and with other Associations both in this country and abroad. Attending WSAVA and FECAVA meetings showed me how common our problems are.

It is reassuring to see that WSAVA recognises that JSAP has been important to them as their official journal and continues to use our membership publication, companion, to communicate their projects to the veterinary profession.

Last year we had a record breaking combined FECAVA and WSAVA Congress, and in October we will be working with FECAVA again at a combined congress in Dublin.

There are a number of challenges to BSAVA and the profession for the future that we need to take seriously.

The recent announcement by the Chief Medical Officer said that antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat, and should be put on the national risk register and taken seriously by politicians at an international level. This has serious implications for the veterinary profession.

BSAVA has worked hard with SAMSoc to produce the PROTECT poster, along with guidelines on antibiotics usage. The vet is an easy target in this debate. We must adopt the guidelines and be seen to be acting responsibly in antibiotics usage. If we do not then we will lose the right to sell or be heavily restricted on what we can prescribe and I believe this will have a deleterious effect on animal welfare. There have been a number of proposals put forward in Europe to restrict veterinary prescribing, and we need to make sure our voice is heard in that arena.

I also believe that the veterinary profession is best equipped to give advice on animal welfare, and BSAVA on companion animal welfare in particular. Andrew Ash alluded to the setting up of the Animal Health and Welfare Board last year.

The original Companion Animal Sector Council (CASC) did not consider the veterinary profession as one of the “stakeholders” but recent developments in the setting up of a specific “dog and cat” CASC means that BSAVA will sit on that committee.

It is important that as a profession we continue to raise animal welfare at all levels of Government and beyond. At a time of Government financial cuts, this should not lead to a reduction in animal welfare standards. The Animal Welfare Act of 2006 must be built upon with robust welfare codes.

I have already mentioned the announcement of a new veterinary school – and rumours of other veterinary schools are a concern. Objections to this have been called ‘protectionist’ and we do not want to stop young people following their dream, just as I did, of becoming a vet, but an oversupply of veterinary surgeons with large debts will not benefit anyone in the long term.

The challenges for BSAVA in particular are that we continue to increase and support our membership. The theme of this congress has been “the whole team” and our nursing numbers are increasing – as well as catering for practice managers here at Congress.

We are aiming to build up our member benefits to reinforce the vital resources we already provide and we must also be seen to be representing the companion animal veterinary profession both at Government level and in the media in general.

Some will say we have three very successful products – that's Congress, our printed manuals and our programme of continuing education courses – so, “if it isn't broke why fix it?” Yet we must continually adapt and move quickly to remain effective and relevant. And we are doing just that.

As they say, “content is king”, and we have an abundance of great content – much of which is already in a digital format – from the recorded Congress lectures, an online poisons triage tool, the Formulary and other Apps. We have that huge wealth of information locked in our printed manuals, so when that is available in digital formats we can deliver our education worldwide and provide an even greater contribution to advancing scientific knowledge and improving animal welfare. This is helped of course by the platforms now available to us.

The e-Books I have talked about are an initial step, but as we progress with regularly updated digital content that can include digital radiographs and videos of ultrasound, plus interactive webinars that recognise no geographical boundaries, then distance becomes irrelevant. We can deliver the same quality of science and education that you have come to expect from us, whether you live in Cornwall, Calgary Alberta or Christchurch New Zealand. We should aim to be recognised the world over as setting the standard in postgraduate veterinary education.

On a personal basis, well, what a year it has been. For many it has been memorable for the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Olympic opening ceremony in London and the success of the Olympians and Paralympians created a remarkable atmosphere across the whole country, generating memories that will last a lifetime. In fact, it was suggested that I parachute into Congress. Unfortunately we could not get Daniel Craig.

As well as these notable events, for me this will always be the year I was BSAVA President – a unique honour and privilege, and something I will never forget. The highlights have been meeting vets all over this country and all over the world – and the pride that comes from representing BSAVA.

I have enjoyed all roles I have carried out within the Association. Initially, when first co-opted on to the Surrey and Sussex committee by Paul Cooper many years ago I thought it would be a short-term bit of fun. But when I thought my work there was done I was asked to join another committee. On PetSavers committee it meant I sat alongside some of the finest scientific minds in the profession.

I then took on the role of Public Relations Officer, with little understanding of the media, and at first television and radio appearances scared the life out of me – but I soon learned to feel less nervous, thanks to the unwavering support and wisdom of my fellow volunteers.

These are all experiences I would never have had the opportunity to enjoy had it not been through the BSAVA. I have learnt so much, and enjoyed all of it, despite some early apprehension.

It has all culminated in a wonderful Presidential year. I have appreciated the opportunity immensely, culminating in this wonderful Congress – perhaps not on the scale of the Olympics, but certainly the equivalent standard in veterinary terms.

I need to conclude with a few important thank yous, welcomes and goodbyes.

I have had great support from the Past Presidents over the last year. I would like to thank them for their wisdom and encouragement. Unfortunately, I recently attended the funeral of Peter Mann (President 1973 to 1974). He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Also, another Past President, Ray Butcher, was taken seriously ill earlier this year. Ray, who has done a great deal for the profession over the years, was given the prestigious WSAVA award at the recent WSAVA Assembly. He accepted this via video and I was very pleased to see how well he was looking.

I really have to thank my Officer team. They have been such a great support, and their breadth of knowledge and impressive abilities have made my job so much easier.

Michael's outstanding scientific knowledge, Tricia's stunning organisational ability, Katie's impressive capacity to absorb vast amounts of information, and Andrew's sharp business acumen combines with their collective common sense and hard work. They are an inspiration.

Inevitably, this year we lose Andrew Ash from the Officer team. Andrew has always demonstrated a momentous enthusiasm and energy, whether as Congress Exhibition Chair and then Congress Chair, as well as his time as an Officer. He will leave a lasting legacy. Andrew we thank you.

I would also like to say thank you to Grant Petrie who will be stepping down from Council from his role as Past President representative. Not to see him on Council next year will seem strange.

My colleagues on Advisory and Management Committee are owed a great debt of appreciation too for all their unpaid hard work – and acceptance of my Presidential eccentricities such as pirate speak and cheese jokes.

Indeed I would like to thank all the vets and VNs who give their time on top of their usual day jobs. Our profession is so much better off thanks to your contribution. And on behalf of all the volunteers I would like to thank the team at Woodrow House, who support the volunteer workforce so ably.

Of course it is only with the help of others that we can achieve anything – and for me this is where my professional and personal world marries – as I work in practice with my wife. I owe a very big thank you to her for holding the fort at work and at home – and to the entire practice for enabling me to take up the privilege of being President of BSAVA.

I would also like to thank those volunteers who will be stepping down from Advisory and Management Committee this year: Susan Macaldowie, Regions Co-ordinator and Michelle Stead, Chair of Membership Development Committee. Both Susan and Michelle have worked very hard and have been a great support during my Presidential year.

On a happier note, I would like to welcome the new members to Advisory and Management Committee, Farah Malik as Congress Chair, Sheldon Middleton as Member Development Chair, Pedro Martín Bartolomé as PetSavers Management Chair, Sophie Adamantos as Scientific Chair and Andrea Lynch as Regions Co-ordinator.

With great delight, I welcome the Officer team Penny Watson as Association Honorary Secretary, and Phil Lhermette as Association Honorary Treasurer.

Ladies and gentlemen that is my report for this AGM. Thank you for your attention.

13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report

  1. Top of page
  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

President, Members of the Association and honoured and distinguished guests:

I am honoured once again to stand here as Honorary Secretary and provide you with an overview of the activities of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association over the past 12 months.

I will start by briefly reviewing the work of each standing committee.

Congress Committee

Congress 2013 reverts to the traditional format after changes last year for the record breaking WSAVA/FECAVA/BSAVA Congress. This year we hosted 15 affiliate meetings on the Wednesday and Congress opened on the Thursday. The President's welcome and the awards ceremony was held just before the popular public lecture which this year was presented by the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

The Congress team was reorganised following 2012 Congress with the objective of preparing the team to meet the increasingly competitive marketplace in which the Association now operates. We employed a Head of Business Unit to help ensure that we continue to provide an outstanding event. In the present economic climate and with the greater competition, this year was always going to present a challenge so I am pleased to say that exhibition space has increased by 50 m2 compared with 2011.

The lecture programme continues to evolve and this year's has included a 3-day management stream; the Congress Programme committee continues to successfully identify areas of interest for delegates and we continue to welcome the world's best speakers at our Congress.

On behalf of the Association and all the delegates, I would like to thank Farah Malik as an acting Chair of Congress, Andrew Ash and all of Congress Committee and staff at Woodrow House for their hard work and dedication that has delivered an outstanding 56th BSAVA Congress.

Education Committee

Education remains the primary focus of the Association. The last year has been a transitional year as the modular medicine courses and standalone courses were replaced by the Postgraduate Certificate in medicine and surgery.

For the second year running the places on the PG Certificates sold out within 10 minutes and we have 115 students enrolling for their first year in 2013. It should not be underestimated how much Frances Barr as Academic Director has achieved in such a short space of time with this new project and we continue to look forward to expanding the programme and subjects.

2012 saw the introduction of the first two BSAVA Veterinary Nurse Merit Awards. The topics were

• Anaesthesia and Analgesia

• Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy

These involved a mixture of lectures, practical sessions, webinars and online assessments. The rehabilitation and physiotherapy course proved so popular that it had to be repeated to fulfil demand. As Mark has already said, the first group of candidates had their presentations made at Congress. CE has now developed another two additional core topics for the new VN Merit Awards and these four subjects will run every 18 months with three other subjects running every 3 years.

Looking ahead, for the first time in 2013 BSAVA will be running a practical neutering course in collaboration with PDSA. This will be under the careful supervision of an experienced surgeon.

Thank you to Sue Paterson and Frances Barr for their continued hard work which has led to these exciting developments.

International Affairs Committee

IAC tirelessly represents the interests of the BSAVA at a number of international committee meetings. Under the Chair of Ross Allan, this committee ensures that BSAVA are represented around the world by collating information and participating in consultations via its representatives in a wide variety of international associations.

The committee has co-ordinated support for WSAVA's CPD in sub-Saharan Africa, which is of great benefit to vets in the countries involved, with the BSAVA donation being used to aid the progression of veterinary care in these countries.

The ongoing programme to invite and welcome veterinary delegates from developing small animal economies to Congress also falls under the remit of IAC and this year we are delighted to welcome our colleagues from Belarus as our guests. A thank you to Wolfgang Dohne for his continued assistance in organising this programme.

The topics of antimicrobial dispensing and veterinary education are two areas which IAC have been monitoring through representatives on FVE and UEVP, and BSAVA has the ability to influence European political decisions affecting vets in the UK through these channels.

We would like to thank Ross for his enthusiasm and hard work in taking over the Chair of this committee this year.

Membership Development Committee (MDC)

The main role of this committee is to develop our membership benefits and thereby increase and retain members. After feedback from MDC we saw the introduction of two membership intakes, in January and June of this year, which has been very successful.

MDC has continued to expand loyalty benefits to those members who support the Association year after year with the introduction of a new Bonus Book which is the companion “How to…” guide. In addition, this year sees the introduction of the Pocketbook for Vets and also the Pocketbook for Veterinary Nurses.

Well done and many thanks to Michelle Stead and her committee for the ongoing hard work of this important committee. Michelle is finishing her time on MDC and I'm glad to say will become the Affiliate Group liaison as we acknowledge the importance of working more closely with our Affiliate Groups.

PetSavers

PetSavers is the BSAVA's charity and raises money for research into clinical disease of companion animals. Any research funded by PetSavers has to meet the highest ethical and scientific standards.

This year PetSavers provided funding for the first Masters Degree by Research to the University of Liverpool on “prevalence and risk factors for extended-spectrum beta lactamase producing bacteria in companion animals”.

I feel it is appropriate at this point to pay a further fitting tribute to Peter Mann as the first Chairman of the BSAVA Clinical Studies Trust Fund – the precursor to the current day PetSavers.

Once again PetSavers participated in the London 10K with 15 runners who raised just over £1200.

Our thanks go to Phil Lhermette for his commitment to PetSavers as he hands over the role to Pedro Martín Bartolomé.

Publications Committee

Publications Committee continues to produce the renowned BSAVA manuals. This year saw two new manuals produced:

• BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Practice Management and Development

• BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pet and Wildlife Nursing

This year also saw the updated edition of the popular BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, which included a DVD with over 100 accompanying video clips.

As Mark has already said, the committee produced e-Book versions of five of our manuals and we are delighted to be working towards a full digitalisation project under the new Head of Business Unit, Greg Moxon. Publications has worked closely with MDC which has included a few lively discussions and have successfully produced the three specific member benefits books already mentioned.

The PROTECT poster which was produced in conjunction with SAMSoc has been reprinted and also translated for distribution in various other countries.

None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of not only the committee but also the authors and editors to whom we are thankful.

companion continues to produce essential information relevant to all the practice team, including BSAVA's new nurse members, and some new features have been added to the publication.

JSAP has continued to be a very well received member benefit producing fascinating articles in each edition; its current impact factor is 1·000.

Thank you to Mark Goodfellow and Kay Colquhoun for their dedication to companion; to Dr Carmel Mooney as Editor of JSAP for the hard work her and her team have put in and many thanks to John Chitty for his enthusiasm and commitment as Chair of this committee.

Scientific Committee

The role of the Scientific Committee has always been to provide the Association and its members with advice and information on matters of a scientific nature. At the start of last year, the committee reviewed its role and agreed that it should have a more strategic focus and this year has seen a development towards being more proactive than reactive. This will support the membership better by providing clear and timely advice for vets based on reviewing the current evidence and providing guidance statements.

Updating the BSAVA position statements has been a lot of work for the committee and they are now in a unified format and Sally Everitt, the Scientific Policy Officer, has researched and updated the evidence that supports these.

Major subjects addressed by the committee this year include dog breeding, reporting of surgical alterations and background information for the BSAVA/SAMSoc PROTECT poster on responsible antibiotic use.

A number of consultations for members have been run via the website and this has provided BSAVA with beneficial feedback and an understanding of the membership's viewpoint.

Many thanks to Penny Watson for her year chairing the committee which she has done with enthusiasm, organisation and professionalism.

Regions’ Co-ordinator

This year, the regional officers and regional representatives met during Congress and held two regional forum weekends. The topics discussed included how regional officers’ input was invaluable in helping the Membership Development Committee understand the needs and desires of the members. Feedback was also sought on various issues relating to BSAVA Congresses.

The new regional boundaries I mentioned last year have now been implemented with tremendous support from the regional volunteers. Each regional committee has worked diligently to provide day and evening CPD events for the membership within their region. This also includes to the two successful regional Congresses, both Scotland and Ireland. Mark greatly enjoyed his time at both these events! BSAVA would like to thank all the regional volunteers for their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm, which is what makes BSAVA so special.

Many thanks to Susan Macaldowie who has worked tirelessly with the regions over the past 3 years and has provided great input into A&M.

Public Relations Officer

The duties of a Public Relations Officer are to identify issues specifically affecting the small animal veterinary surgeon, and proactively manage those issues with the media. Recently, comments have been requested on the Government's announcement for compulsory microchipping for dogs, amongst other topics.

The PRO works with the WH team to deliver the Congress press conference which this year considered genetic and inherited diseases with a panel composed of some of our most eminently knowledgeable colleagues on this topic.

Kay Colquhoun has taken on the role of PR and Communications Manager and works closely with the PRO Officer and ensures a more coherent voice in our interactions with the public, press and profession.

Well done to Mark in this his first year in this new position.

Meetings

There have been nine Officer Meetings during the year and A&M has met three times. The role of A&M remains to determine the strategy of the Association. This year joint Officer Meetings have been held with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, BVA, SPVS, BEVA and BVNA.

The Association has been asked for feedback and responded to consultations on a number of documents which we have listed on the website.

Congress Attendance

The overall figure for delegate attendance at Congress, to 6.30 pm last night, was 6187 – a 6·4% increase from 2011. We are using 2011 figures for comparison as last year was the large WSAVA/FECAVA/BSAVA Congress. These figures are total delegate numbers and exclude exhibitor numbers.

Publication Sales

This year, as of 6.30 pm last night, the sales for Publications totalled £62,263, a 1·6% increase from 2011.

Membership

Association membership, as of March 28, 2013, is 8176 compared with 7722 at the same time last year. This increase on last year's figures is a clear indicator that our strategies for membership recruitment, retention and marketing are yielding clear benefits.

Conclusion

I hope that this report allows you to appreciate the extent of the Association's activities during the year. We would like to thank all the volunteers and Woodrow House team who have made this a successful year with their continued dedication and hard work.

Personally, I would like to thank my fellow Officers. Their commitment, good humour and some singing over the last year have been a great support and some hidden talents have been unwrapped.

A very special thanks to Carole Haile for her support and guidance over the last year and her continued calmness and smiles.

Thank you all very much for your attention. I would like to propose the adoption of my report.

Seconded by Mr P H Locke and carried unanimously.

13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report

  1. Top of page
  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

President, Members of the Association and Guests:

In compliance with BSAVA's legal obligation the Association accounts have been made available to all members. Paper copies of the accounts were circulated more than 14 days before this AGM. Members who have opted not to receive paper copies can download the accounts from the BSAVA website. Copies of the accounts are also available at this meeting for reference.

These Accounts have been prepared in accordance with the Charity Commission's Statements of Recommended Practice. For the first time BSAVA is reporting Consolidated Group Accounts.

In October 2012, BSAVA entered into collaboration with the University of Liverpool to run the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) project. SAVSNET Ltd is now a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. In financial terms, SAVSNET Ltd is controlled by BSAVA and is therefore a subsidiary of BSAVA. As a result of this, changes to our annual report and financial statements are necessary.

In the financial report, you will see that certain sections previously referring solely to BSAVA are now referred to as “Group” and, where necessary, SAVSNET sections have been added. In addition, the financial statements include the results and assets of SAVSNET Ltd in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Activities and the Group Balance Sheet, respectively.

The following is a brief overview of the Group financial activities for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2012.

Financial Highlights

The consolidated statement shows that the income for the 12-month period to December 2012 (excluding investment gains) exceeded £5·8 million, with expenditure totalling just over £5.3 million.

This resulted in an operating surplus of £520,077, an increase on the figure reported for 2011 and higher than budgeted. A substantial part of this was due to the surplus resulting from the very successful WSAVA/FECAVA/BSAVA Congress in Birmingham in April 2012.

The Association's investments increased in value by £295,909 in the 12 months leading to the December 31, 2012, reversing last year's investment losses and increasing year end funds. Investment income increased over that reported in 2011. This was due, in large part, to the maturation of a 1 year fixed term cash deposit at a favourable interest rate.

The overall surplus for the Association in 2012 was £815,986. This represents a significant difference from the 2011 figure and holds up well against the 2010 figure of £847,004 which was also bolstered by the significant investment gains in that year.

This chart details the broad areas of income and expenditure for the Association during the period. It is clear from this that three of the main areas of expenditure for the Association (namely Congress, Membership services and Publications) are also the three main income streams. These areas of the Association represent similar proportions of income and expenditure to previous years.

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The contribution of these areas to the operating surplus is summarised in the following chart revealing Congress, membership income and publications to be the main contributors to operating surplus. In 2012, income received from investments also contributed to the surplus. The main cost centres were continuing education and the investment in the SAVSNET project.

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The activities of the Association can be broadly divided into “products and services” and “membership subscriptions and member services.” So I will consider the financial impact of each area in turn.

Products and Services

Publications

BSAVA publications provide a significant part of the surplus in this financial period. During the period 6 manuals were published. More than 23,000 unit sales were made – an increase of 4% on the preceding 12 months. Sales to our distributor increased by 8% compared with 2011.

Publications
 2012
Income£877k
Expenditure£620k
Surplus£256k

Income from publications was almost £877,000, an increase on the 2011 figures. Costs of production were slightly lower than in 2011 resulting in a surplus of £256k.

Congress

The annual Spring Congress is recognised to be one of the most important events in the Association year. Clearly, the BSAVA Congress in Birmingham provides a substantial surplus for the Association but it is also an opportunity for the Association to meet with its supporters and members. In 2012, BSAVA hosted both the WSAVA and FECAVA Congresses within the Birmingham event. This attracted an increased number of overseas visitors and sponsors but there was a corresponding increase in costs for hosting the event.

Birmingham Congress
 2012
Income£3139k
Expenditure£2547k
Surplus£592k

As I have already mentioned, income from the 2012 Congress was greater than in recent years and although there was a corresponding increase in costs, a surplus of £592k was achieved.

Continuing Education

Delivery of quality CPD remains at the heart of the BSAVA's mission. The Association again contributed a substantial sum to running a subsidised CE programme for its members in 2012. In 2012, CE provision cost the Association almost £166k. This is significantly less than the contribution made in 2011 – largely due to the surplus produced by the BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate programme.

The BSAVA PGCert programme has exceeded all expectations of its popularity – all places on the 2012 programme were filled and the 2013 programme was over-subscribed within minutes of enrolment opening. Although this programme shows good financial success, the Association continues to invest significant sums in further development of this programme.

Continuing Education
20122011
–£165.7k–£222.7k

Membership Subscriptions and Services

The second main area of Association business is membership subscriptions and member services, including production of JSAP and companion. Also included in this area are the Membership Development and Scientific committees.

Membership Subscriptions (including MDC)

Membership subscription numbers increased in 2012 and total income was up on figures reported for 2011.

Membership
 201220112010
Subscriptions£1,053k£997k£1,242k
Expenditure£637k£703k£778k
Surplus£416k£294k£464k

JSAP and companion

The Association's journal publications are provided as a service to members. JSAP is published by Wiley and companion runs to a budget set by Council. In 2012, the cost per member of companion was £1·70 per issue. JSAP production costs are subsidised by library sales and advertising revenue and work out at around 55p per member per issue.

The cost of JSAP to the Association was as budgeted. The profit share paid to the BSAVA relating to the 2011 volume increased from £74k to £81k and this, combined with a reduction in costs, resulted in a significant reduction in the overall cost of the journal to the Association in 2012. The chart shows the significant reduction in costs of providing this valuable membership resource in the period of the contract with our current publishers.

JSAP
20122011201020092008
–£30k–£42k–£60k–£56k–£94k

Scientific Committee

The Scientific committee is core to the BSAVA's mission. It is recognised to be a vital source of scientific knowledge by both Government bodies and our sister Associations. In 2012, the costs of running this committee were just over £5000 and represent great value for money.

Scientific Committee
201220112010
–£5,456–£10,436–£5,830

PetSavers

PetSavers continues to provide funding to support clinical research projects, ultimately aimed at improving the welfare of small animals. In 2012, awards comprised a mixture of funding for research projects and clinical scholars.

In 2012, PetSavers awarded a similar total of grants as the previous year. However, a total of £85,174 was written back to the PetSavers’ accounts for grants that had been awarded but not taken up – approximately £52k of this was a write back due to an awarded grant being returned from one of the veterinary schools following failure to appoint a suitable scholar for their Clinical Training Programmes. Clinical Training Programmes (CTP Awards) have now been replaced by Masters Degree by Research Awards (MDRs).

PetSavers continues to seek innovative ways to increase revenue streams to secure the future of its clinical funding.

PetSavers Awards
201220112010(16m)
£8.8k£77k£133k

I will now turn to our investments.

Investments

BSAVA's policy with regard to investments safeguards the assets of the Association and is in line with the guidelines laid down by the Charity Commission. Should the Association be made aware that animal welfare is compromised in companies with whom investments are made, these companies will be excluded from the portfolio.

Investment portfolio
Value at year end
2012201120102009
31.12.1231.12.1131.12.1031.8.09
£4.55m£4.13m£3.62m£2.88m

The Association's existing investment portfolio increased in value as a result of stock market movement and was valued at £4·55 million at December 31, 2012. Distribution of investments as managed by Quilter at December 31, 2012 is shown in the below table, and remains largely unchanged from 2011.

Distribution of Investments
 201220112010
Fixed Interest161411
UK Equities394045
Overseas Equities242326
Hedge and Property Funds789
Cash14158

Reserves

Total reserves did not materially change over the 12-month period. Reserves are split into Restricted and Unrestricted funds. The Unrestricted funds being divided into designated funds, working capital and funds in fixed assets.

Restricted Reserves

PetSavers 1 is the restricted reserve comprising money received from legacies, covenants, donations and fundraising activities. This fund is restricted for PetSavers’ use only and provides interest and dividend income to support grant awards.

As a result of stock market gains at year end December 31, 2012 this fund stood at just over £1 million, a gain of almost £110,000 on the figure for the year end December 31, 2011.

Unrestricted Reserves

The Unrestricted funds include designated funds and funds invested in fixed assets. Details of the designated funds are shown in the below table.

Designated Funds
 20122011
Fixed Asset replacement£1,221,480£1099,998
Property Maintenance£200,000£200,000
Property Expansion£2,667,000£2,000,000
IT Development£181,311£50,000
Membership Development£53,000£300,000
WSAVA 2012£300,000
Marketing Congress Project£100,000£50,000
Education Project£200,000£350,000
SAVNET Project£600,000
Publications Department Development£350,000£130,000
Total£4,972,791£4,979,998

Significant additional money was set aside for property expansion. A preliminary study into property expansion (primarily for teaching purposes) has been carried out and the Trustees have now requested a feasibility study, specific plans and a detailed proposal to be drawn up. This is to be reviewed at planning weekend in 2013.

The preliminary investigation into digitalisation of the Association's publications and future production methods has now been completed, and this has identified that it will be necessary to add to the publications fund in order for the project to deliver the correct solution for the BSAVA. Some money has been utilised from the reserve to start the project and a further £254,475 has been added this year. It is likely that this project will require ongoing investment in future years. The Trustees believe that this project is critical to ensure the successful development of the Association's publication department.

Funds have also been released from reserves. Following the commencement of the SAVSNET research project, this reserve has been released in line with the business plan. SAVSNET Ltd has entered into a research agreement with the University of Liverpool and has a direct liability over a period of 3 years.

After the successful hosting of WSAVA World Congress 2012 and the completion of the financial arrangements concerning this event, this fund is no longer necessary. The remaining unused funds have been released and will be used to fund other BSAVA activities when and where required.

With the financial success of the Postgraduate Certificate programmes (primarily a more rapid progress to profitability than predicted), we have been able to release back £150,000 to undesignated funds. However, the success of this programme means that the subjects offered and delivery platforms have had to be expanded earlier than anticipated. This has required a change to the original business plan and it has been necessary to add additional funds to the reserve to cover new start-up costs.

Conclusion

Each year the Association generates a surplus to replenish working capital and sets aside reserves for the development of future projects. The initiation of big projects such as the BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate programme and SAVSNET will provide benefits far outside our membership not only for the veterinary profession but also the wider public.

The BSAVA remains in a strong financial position and is now embarking on a series of innovative developments for the benefits of members, the veterinary profession and the wider pet-owning world.

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for your attention. I propose the adoption of this financial report. If there are any matters of clarification I will be happy to try and answer them.

Seconded by Mr I Mason and carried unanimously.

13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014

  1. Top of page
  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

Mr Johnston said: “The following nominations have been received for the election of Officers for the next Association year:

President: Prof M J Day

Senior Vice President: Mr M R Johnston

Vice President: Mrs K J McConnell

Junior Vice President: Mrs P M Colville

Honorary Treasurer: Mr P Lhermette

Honorary Secretary: Dr P J Watson”

Mr Johnston suggested that the nominations be accepted “en bloc”.

Mrs M Stead proposed the election of the Officers for 2013 to 2014, seconded by Miss F Malik and carried unanimously.

13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014

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  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

Mr Johnston said: “You have, on Page 59 of the circulated AGM booklet, a list of the Regional Officers proposed for 2013 to 2014. The elected Regional Representatives for this year are Ms K Arnold, Ms M Crockford, Mr Will Walker, Mr P M Bartolomé and Mrs M Roberts. The Past Presidents Representatives are Mr R A Ash (on by right) and Mr J A Wells (elected Representative for 3 years). Prof M J Day will be the BSAVA representative on BVA Council. I would like to propose the election of the above individuals, “en bloc”, to Council.

Mr Johnston asked if this was the wish of the meeting. There were no dissenting voices.

13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014

  1. Top of page
  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

Mr Johnston listed the names of the following Standing Committee Chairmen for 2013 to 2014.

Advisory and Management Committee Prof M J Day

Congress Committee Miss F Malik

Education Committee Mrs S Paterson

International Affairs Committee Mr R Allan

Membership Development Committee Mr S Middleton

PetSavers Management Committee Mr P M Bartolomé

Publications Committee Mr J Chitty

Scientific Committee Miss S Adamantos

Regions Co-ordinator Dr A Lynch

Public Relations Officer Mr M Goodfellow

Administration Officer Mr S P Torrington

Mr Johnston asked if this was the wish of the meeting. There were no dissenting voices.

13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership

  1. Top of page
  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

Mr Johnston stated: Honorary Associate Membership is awarded to non-veterinarians in recognition of outstanding services to the Company, the veterinary profession, small animal medicine, surgery or research.

The recipient studied physiology at King's College, London. Upon graduating in 1988 he started work as a specialist in poisons information at the poisons unit at Guy's Hospital, London, as it was then. Realising that veterinary toxicology data were scarce and with the support of the poisons unit he started to follow-up the veterinary enquiries and collate the data returned, and refined the advice provided using species and breed-specific data where possible. From this activity grew the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) which was launched as a fee paying service in 1992. The service was expanded and improved enormously over the subsequent two decades and with the invaluable support of the BSAVA, BVA and the veterinary profession as a whole. One of the great strengths of VPIS is its data collection. All reported cases of poisoning are followed-up with a questionnaire on the outcome of the patient. The recipient did confide to me a few years ago that veterinary surgeons were far better at following up with questionnaire than our medical colleagues. The VPIS now publishes original research regularly, contributes to university and CPD courses and collaborates with many animal welfare groups and charities as well. There has been a focus on poisoning prevention aspects and public awareness campaigns. Our awardee has headed the VPIS from the start but recently left to pursue other roles in the international toxicology sphere in which he has been active since the year 2000 as a member of the Board of the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT). He introduced the EAPCCT veterinary toxicological symposium at its annual congress in Seville in 2008. Although currently more involved in the human toxicology world in his new role as manager of the National Poisons Information Centre in Birmingham and with his EAPCCT role, he remains passionate about comparative toxicology, veterinary toxicology and VPIS and is committed to encouraging the development of toxicology services throughout Europe, albeit through others. It gives me very great pleasure to present Alex Campbell with Honorary Associate Membership.

Mr Campbell replied: Mr President, colleagues and friends. It has felt a bit like Christmas attending BSAVA Congress this year, receiving the Blaine Award on Thursday and this honour today; of course the snow on Thursday was perfectly timed. I was not really the first person at the London Poisons Centre to show an interest in veterinary toxicology but I was the first person who decided to be more systematic about data collection and putting everything in one place and indexing everything and that's really how the whole thing grew. No venture or gamble such as this can be successful without a good team behind you, and I had a fantastic team behind me. I would like to mention a few of those people: there's my team at home, that's Nicky Bates, Alison Jones, Karen Sturgeon, Nick Sutton and Leonard Hawkins. I would also like to thank all the fantastic people in the veterinary world who have helped us along the way, so that's BSAVA – all the Presidents from John Dalton onwards – and all those at BVA. I would like to pay particular tribute to one past BVA President in fact, a fantastic chap called Tom Gibson, long since deceased unfortunately; he told me to get up and go for it and see what happens and I think without his support we would not have got were we are today. So I would like to thank him in memoria.

The most important thing to say is that veterinary poisons has been a success because of all of you – because actually without all the data, your data, that you returned we would not know as much about the difference between human and animals and different types of animals and even different breeds with a species.

It's a fantastic science; it's a very specialist science. So thank you for the return of all those data, a 65% return rate on follow-up questionnaires is unheard of really, particularly over a period of 20 years plus. I think the final thing I would like to say is that obviously I have moved onto pastures slightly new, but what I have become aware of in the past 6 months is that we are really all dealing with one science. When I started VPIS my human toxicology knowledge was informing my veterinary experience – I am now finding that it is the other way around and that actually 20 years of working in veterinary toxicology is informing my human toxicology experience. I think the recognition that we are dealing with one medicine is really important and there should more collaboration between human and veterinary medicine, particularly in small specialisms such as toxicology. So I hope that this is an example to other specialties, that talking to colleagues out in the human medical profession is probably going to be an advantage. I think that's all I want to say, thank you very much for the honour, you have not got rid of me yet and I have lots of other plans.

13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls

  1. Top of page
  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

Mrs Colville advised: As Honorary Secretary it is an honour to make this presentation of the Armada Bowls.

At the end of his term as Honorary Secretary in 1963, Nick Henderson presented the Association with an Armada dish on which the names of all future Honorary Secretaries would be engraved and fill a delicious place in BSAVA history. In Simon Orr's year there was no room left, even for a three-lettered surname! One day, Simon was wandering round an antiques fair when he happened upon an almost identical Armada dish, which he presented to the Association at the end of his term of office.

In BSAVA folklore the story is repeated of the AGM when the Honorary Secretary did not have the Armada Bowl because it was being engraved. To ensure that the Honorary Secretary of the time was not standing here empty handed a couple of peanut bowls were procured from the Hyatt; however, the substitution did not go unnoticed as unfortunately Simon was in the audience. Thankfully I have one of the real Armada Bowls here today.

So Penny can you come forward to so that I can present you with the bowl as we welcome you to the Officer team?

13.15 Any Other Business

  1. Top of page
  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

Mr D Thompson addressed the President: he wished to congratulate the BSAVA and to thank them for working with FECAVA to host the FECAVA meeting in Dublin in October 2013, he encouraged all to attend.

Mr Green wished to congratulate Mr Johnston and the Officer team and all the committees for their work under a good leader. The Association would not be able to accomplish all it did without the volunteers and we had once again made steady progress. He gave his hearty congratulations to Mr Johnston and thanked him for all his work.

13.16 Induction of New President

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  2. 13.01 President's Introduction
  3. 13.02 Apologies for Absence
  4. 13.03 Minutes of the 19th Annual General Meeting
  5. 13.04 Matters Arising from the Minutes
  6. 13.05 President's Address
  7. 13.06 Honorary Secretary's Report
  8. 13.07 Honorary Treasurer's Report
  9. 13.08 Appointment of Auditors
  10. 13.09 Election of Officers for 2013 to 2014
  11. 13.10 Election of Members of Council for 2013 to 2014
  12. 13.11 Ratification of Elections made by Council for 2013 to 2014
  13. 13.12 Election of Representative on BVA Council
  14. 13.13 Award of Honorary Associate Membership
  15. 13.14 Presentation of Armada Bowls
  16. 13.15 Any Other Business
  17. 13.16 Induction of New President
  18. 13.17 Date, Time and Venue of the Next Annual General Meeting

Michael Day qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Murdoch University in Australia in 1982 and after working in small animal practice he returned to Murdoch University when he completed a residency in microbiology and immunology followed by a PhD in collaborative research with the Royal Perth Hospital. He went on to hold postdoctoral positions in experimental immunology at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford and then in 1990 Michael returned to Bristol.

Within BSAVA, I first met Michael when he was a member of PetSavers’ Grants Awarding committee a number of years ago. He went on to be Chair of Scientific and Education committees. As Chair of Education committee he laid the groundwork for the BSAVA postgraduate certificate programmes.

Michael has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Small Animal Practice and edited the first and second editions of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine.

Michael also chairs the WSAVA One Health Committee as well as its Vaccination Guidelines Group and Scientific Advisory Committee. He is a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Pathology and holds a Fellowship of the Australian Society for Microbiology and the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Comparative Pathology.

Michael has also received the following awards: the BSAVA Amoroso award, the BSAVA PetSavers award (three times), the RCVS Trust award for outstanding research into animal diseases and the Pet Plan Charitable Trust Scientific award. He also sits on a large number of other committees too numerable to mention.

As I said I have known Michael for some years and you know what – I would never have known half his achievements had I not read his biography for this Congress. He is a modest and quiet man who would never as they say “blow his own trumpet”. Looking back I believe he is also an extremely patient man, as I must have said some foolish unscientific things while sitting on committees with him over the years, yet he has never made me feel an idiot. What's more, only recently did I discover his talent for karaoke.

What advice can I give Michael – very little, carry on as you are and you will be a very successful President, enjoy every moment because it will pass very quickly. It is a unique position you will feel very proud and honoured to lead a truly wonderful Association. You will meet the profession's great and good and the profession's characters and they are all almost without exception great company.

It is a great pleasure to welcome Michael to his new role. Michael is the ideal person to take on this responsibility. He has the highest of reputations among the academic community, he is greatly appreciated by the students and veterinary surgeons he lectures, and has worked tirelessly to advance the profession's knowledge in a vast number of areas.

The Association will be in safe hands during his Presidency, as long as he does not lose his hard-backed diary and he is not allowed to drive to any hotel without a reliable Sat Nav!

Michael, I take great pleasure in inducting you as President of the BSAVA.

Prof Day responded: Members of the Association and Honoured Guests. I am humbled by the trust you have placed in me through this appointment as the 56th President of the BSAVA. In two respects, I am perhaps an unusual choice to fill this role. First, I believe that I am the first Australian President of the Association; but, I hasten to add, an Australian who has now spent 26 years in his adopted country and has developed immunity to jibes over cricket! Secondly, I am a veterinary pathologist; but one whose diagnostic role keeps him in close contact with first opinion practice. All of which simply shows that our wonderful Association is all-inclusive and that there is something that BSAVA can offer everyone.

My journey as a BSAVA volunteer began in 1997 with an invitation from Ian Mason to join what was then the Clinical Studies Trust Fund Grant Awarding Committee. After 6 years on GAC, I spent a further 6 years on Scientific Committee (3 years as chair) and then 3 years on Education Committee (2 years as chair) before joining the Board as Junior Vice President in 2011. Along the way were 4 years on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Small Animal Practice, just a few Congress lectures and continuing education courses and two editions of the snappily-titled BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine. The legacy of which I am most proud was chairing the working party that laid the groundwork for our showcase postgraduate certificate programme and I am in awe of how Frances Barr and her team continue to develop these initial concepts. I will also always have particular regard for PetSavers. I have been fortunate to have received numerous PetSavers research grants, including my first independent grant as a junior lecturer in 1991. That modest sum of just over £2000 allowed me to define the immunological basis of anal furunculosis in German shepherd dogs, which in turn led to the successful introduction of ciclosporin therapy for that disease. You will note that I just had to slip some immunology in here somehow!

Many of you will know that I have a parallel volunteer life with WSAVA where I continue to chair the Scientific Advisory Committee, Vaccination Guidelines Group and One Health Committee, in addition to acting as Vice-President of the WSAVA Foundation. It has always been a pleasure to give back to the profession which has given so much to me.

I am looking forward to this Presidential year enormously. It will be an incredible privilege to lead an amazing team of BSAVA volunteers in the regions, on Advisory and Management Committee and Officers. More than half of Advisory and Management Committee are new Standing Committee chairs that take up their appointment this month and we welcome Penny and Phil to Board, giving us a complete Officer team for the first time in several years. At my Planning Weekend last October it was clear that the Association has a very strong leadership team and it will be a pleasure to work with you all. I am also looking forward to being able to work with our fantastic Woodrow House staff. I have heard it said on numerous occasions that a full appreciation of what goes on in Woodrow House only comes during the Presidential year and I plan to be a frequent visitor to “the office”.

When I joined the Officer team in 2011, Andrew, Mark and I developed the Association Business Plan for 2011 to 2013 that would cross our combined Presidencies. This plan focused on the restructuring of Woodrow House teams with the introduction of Heads of Business Units and a Scientific Policy Officer. These key appointments are now all made and have already had enormous impact on our activities. Consequently, the targets in that Business Plan have been achieved a year early and so after the last Planning Weekend, Katie, Tricia and I developed the 2013 to 2015 Plan to which we are currently working.

To give you a preview of the upcoming year; we have planned the first major membership survey for many years that we hope will give us direction and understanding of member needs for the future. A major upgraded IT system will shortly go live at Woodrow House and will revolutionise our communications with members. Frances and her team will launch new programmes in our highly successful PGCert portfolio to complement the existing medicine and surgery certificates. We will continue to explore how we best deliver postgraduate education to the profession and whether this might be through development of a BSAVA Education Centre distinct from our existing facility at Woodrow House. In publications, Greg Moxon and his team will implement a new platform that will offer a fully integrated multimedia vehicle for delivery of the BSAVA “knowledge vault” in an exciting 21st century fashion. Amanda Stranack and the Congress team have already developed fresh approaches and strategies which will ensure that BSAVA Congress remains the premier international small animal meeting. Many of these, including new opportunities for our valued sponsors and exhibitors, will be apparent at Congress 2014.

New Presidents are often asked if they have a particular theme or focus for their term of office. My personal wish is to have BSAVA consider taking a more global outlook. This no doubt stems from my Australian perspective and commitment to the ideals of the WSAVA global veterinary community. BSAVA has been an inordinately successful national body, but our educational and scientific portfolio has much to offer the wider world. Entry on to the world stage may have clear commercial benefits, but I also particularly believe that we should develop a parallel altruistic ethos. As a first stage to this new direction we are shortly to introduce a free online membership for veterinarians in developing countries; sharing elements of our knowledge vault with those who could most benefit. This will complement our existing support for the vital WSAVA continuing education programme in Sub-Saharan Africa and our support for colleagues from Eastern European countries to attend Congress.

The appointment of Sally Everitt as our Scientific Policy Officer has had an incredible impact on the ability of BSAVA to maintain a political voice and to ensure that the Association is represented at key meetings discussing small animal issues. BSAVA now has a seat on the newly convened Canine and Feline Sector Group of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, and Officers, Sally, the Scientific Committee and our Affiliate Groups will continue to work with BVA and the BVA Divisions to ensure a voice in small animal matters. In the coming year we have many such issues to address, including the lead-up to compulsory microchipping in 2016, broadening of practice standards to consider standards of care, the welfare of pedigree dogs and exotic pets, illegal importation of puppies, antimicrobial resistance and disease risks associated with travelling pets. Addressing many of these issues necessitates having a strong scientific evidence base and the Association is now well placed to deliver this knowledge through our investment in the SAVSNET project. The BSAVA-SAVSNET team is now in place and during the coming year we anticipate the first tangible outcomes from the project.

I am looking forward to a busy and rewarding year. I am grateful to my employer, the University of Bristol, for having the foresight to allow me to take a partial sabbatical year to take on the role of BSAVA President. I know that I have the support of my children, Chris and Natalie, and that I am backed by an incredible team of volunteers and permanent staff. Let the challenge begin!