London

The London regional representative on BVA Council is Anthony Ridge.

We encourage you to contact Anthony via the London forum on the BVA community or by emailing london@bva.co.uk.

Anthony Ridge

Anthony RidgeI am a young, enthusiastic veterinarian and my perspective as a recent graduate combined with my clinical experience, passion for the veterinary profession and unique view into veterinary policy put me in a strong position to both represent veterinarians in London and to contribute to discussions on policy at BVA council.

Just over a year ago I moved to London having spent two years in clinical practice to start my current role working as intern to Lord Trees (a veterinary Crossbench Peer). This has given me the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of veterinarians across London working both within and outside clinical practice. As the BVA representative for the London region I would help convey this diversity of views to BVA and would be interested to hear from other London vets via email or online via the BVA community forum.

The challenges we face as a profession are two-fold: internal and external. By promoting a sense of community and providing a unified voice for our profession I believe that the BVA has a crucial role to play in meeting these challenges.

Internally, disillusionment and poor veterinary wellbeing are widely prevalent. We need a profession that serves our needs and the needs of our colleagues yet the BVA has found that over 40% of vets feel that their careers have failed to meet their expectations. My personal experience of entering clinical practice for the first time coupled with the views received from young vets attending a recent forum on disillusionment which I helped organise at the House of Lords have given me a broad view of this complex issue. The Vet Futures project, the BVA Young Vet Network and the RCVS Mind Matters initiative represent some of the key progressive steps already being made to help bring about change but more needs to be done and I am keen that this work is closely informed by and meets the needs of all vets.

Our profession also faces many external pressures that pose an existential challenge. Many factors including societal changes, rapid developments in technology and the changeable and uncertain political environment in a post-Brexit UK present us with both threats and opportunities. We need a resilient, forward thinking profession that adapts quickly to change, embraces technological advances and evolves innovative ways of working to ensure that the veterinary services of the future remain affordable to those that need them and provide adequate financial recompense to those providing them. Key to this is the appreciation of the value of our work. Over the last year my work as parliamentary intern has helped me to appreciate this value from both veterinary and policy making perspectives and as the London representative I would help to bring these viewpoints to BVA.