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‘I WAS keen, during my year as BVA President, for BVA to explore three things: what roles the profession can and does play in addressing some of society's most pressing challenges in the Anthropocene; how, as a profession, we can ensure the interests of sentient animals are given prominence and credibly advocated in the face of numerous competing global pressures; and how we can continue to ensure our members are brilliantly supported and represented, in order that, as vets and vet nurses, we can feel good and thereby able to fulfil our duty to ensure animals feel the same.’
So said Sean Wensley, the outgoing BVA President, during his speech at BVA Members' Day, held in Bristol on September 22. Having taken the theme of ‘Vets in the human-animal age’ for his presidential year, Mr Wensley explained that this recognised the place of the veterinary profession in the ‘Anthropocene’, a period in which human activities were having such impact on the climate and environment that they characterised the geological era. He believed that, over the past year, BVA had taken meaningful steps to explore the three areas he had listed.
Regarding animal health and welfare, he said that, if the veterinary profession had a ‘core competence’, it was the understanding, prevention and treatment of animal disease. ‘Physical health is …