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My 10 years as UK chief vet
  1. NIgel Gibbens

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Nigel Gibbens has been the chief vet for the UK since 2008. He retired on 28 February and has been replaced by Christine Middlemiss.

The role of chief veterinary officer for the UK (CVOUK) is a fascinating one. Domestically, the chief vet leads on disease control in England, and works with the chief vets for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that together we deliver a coherent and effective animal health and welfare system for the UK. Internationally, the CVOUK represents the whole of the UK, maintaining our world-leading reputation for animal health and welfare, and negotiating and facilitating our exports globally.

As a chief vet, you work with a host of people in different organisations and roles who actually make things happen. Not just in government and its agencies, or our local authority and contracted partners in practice, but also animal keepers themselves, as individuals as well as in sector organisations, and the vets that serve them on a day-to-day basis. There is almost nothing that …

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