Veterinary Record 170:135 doi:10.1136/vr.e838
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New representative on BVA Council

Young Vet Network member Laura Parish has been selected by the BVA's Nominations and Awards Group to be a recent graduate representative on BVA Council. Here, Laura (right) outlines why she stood for the role.

I felt I could make a very valuable contribution to the BVA as a graduate representative. I am a recent enough graduate (I qualified from Liverpool in 2005) to have a great understanding and empathy with new graduates, but have already gained a vast amount of experience of different issues within veterinary practice.

I have a rural mixed practice background, having worked in the Scottish borders initially, but then going on to work in a specialised equine practice in Kent. I currently work part time as a large animal vet in a mixed practice. I am an OV, a racecourse vet and am working toward an equine certificate.

I believe I would be an excellent voice for young female veterinary graduates, who are often underrepresented in the demographic of veterinary politics. I have a 10-month-old son, and a practical working knowledge of maternity employment issues which I could use to provide support to members.

I was a member of the BVA for years during college and immediately following graduation, but drifted away until rejoining recently. I believe that the BVA is moving in the right direction in supporting new graduates, and is an extremely important organisation for its members that is sometimes undervalued by new graduates. I would like the opportunity to help the BVA with supporting, encouraging and engaging young vets.

I am enthusiastic about the prospect of being a representative on BVA Council – I worked some enormously long hours in the early years of my career, but have some breathing space now to be able to offer something back.

■ Jennifer Hall was selected to replace Chris Booth in October when he finishes his term as recent graduate representative. Jennifer qualified from Nottingham in 2011 and is a large animal vet at St Davids Farm Practice in Devon. She was president of AVS in 2009/10 and writes the monthly ‘New graduate’s diary' for Vet Record Careers.

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