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Food for thought in the inaugural Ballyedmond Lecture

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ANTIMICROBIAL resistance, One Health and the role of vets in the food chain: these were among matters discussed by Stuart Reid, President of the RCVS and principal of the Royal Veterinary College, giving the inaugural Ballyedmond Lecture in Belfast on May 6.

The lecture has been inaugurated in the memory of Lord Ballyedmond, the founder of Norbrook Laboratories, who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in March last year (VR, March 22, 2014, vol 174, p 306; March 29, 2014, vol 174, pp 329-330). In his lecture, Professor Reid paid tribute to Lord Ballyedmond, referring, among other things, to his support for the veterinary profession and how, as a businessman, he had helped benefit society. Further tributes were paid by John Hill, chairman of Veterinary Northern Ireland (VetNI), and Edward Haughey, one of Lord Ballyedmond's sons, who was present for the occasion along with Lady Ballyedmond and other members of Lord Ballyedmond's family.

The event, held in the Harbour Commissioner's Office in Belfast, also marked the 10th anniversary of Vet NI. Vet NI provides the secretariat for local veterinary associations in Northern Ireland and, as Mr Hill explained, might not have become established without Lord Ballyedmond's support. About 150 people were present.

Discussing the relevance of the veterinary profession to society, Professor Reid drew attention to some of the challenges facing the world and the part that vets …

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