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‘THE veterinary profession has unique opportunity – and responsibility – to advocate animals’ best interests at individual, community and national levels. At the individual level, we have regular contact with animal keepers and pet owners, who, in a recent poll, placed veterinary surgeons in the top three most trusted professions. At community level, veterinary practices offer animal health and welfare expertise through local media, school visits, farmer meetings and valued relationships with their local parliamentarians; and at the national level, through professional bodies, like BVA, we formulate policies and lobby to ensure the strong voice of vets on animal health and welfare is heard by key influencers and decision makers.'
So said Sean Wensley, the BVA President, during his speech to the BVA's annual London dinner, held at One Great George Street in London on February 3. Mr Wensley also used the occasion to formally launch the BVA's new animal welfare strategy, ‘Vets speaking up for animal welfare’, which aims to provide a framework to help the BVA advocate good animal welfare, and to support its members in maximising their advocacy potential and achieve good welfare outcomes for animals (VR, February 6, 2016, vol 178, p 128).
‘For most people – veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, the public, and hopefully everyone here as well – protecting animal welfare …