BVA Officers

BVA is led by our Officer team - BVA President, Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President - veterinary surgeons who serve for three years, with one year in each post. 

The incoming President and Junior Vice President are voted in at our annual general meeting at BVA Members' Day in September, having been nominated by the BVA Electoral College and approved by  BVA Council.


Simon Doherty became President of BVA in September 2018.

Senior Vice President

John Fishwick became BVA Senior Vice President at our AGM in September 2018.

Junior Vice President

Daniella Dos Santos became Junior Vice President of BVA in September 2018.

Simon Doherty

Simon Doherty (officer pic)

Simon Doherty is president of the British Veterinary Association. He is a past-president of the North of Ireland Veterinary Association and of the Northern Ireland Branch of BVA. Simon is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast and is a certified aquaculture vet. He is a trustee of livestock development charity, Send a Cow, and of the Animal Welfare Foundation. Simon Doherty became President of BVA in September 2018.

John Fishwick

John Fishwick

John graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University in 1985 having gained an intercalated degree in Pharmacology. He worked for five years in mixed practice in Cheshire and Essex, gaining the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production in 1988. He moved to the RVC in 1990 as Lecturer in Farm Animal Practice. In this position he was responsible for the farm animal side of the RVC’s Large Animal Practice (Ambulatory Clinic) which served a large number of farm animal and equine clients throughout Hertfordshire and Essex.

In 1997 John moved to Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he worked as the Head Veterinarian to the world’s largest fully integrated dairy company, farming over 25,000 high producing dairy cows in a desert environment.

He returned to the RVC in 2003 as Senior Lecturer in Dairy Herd Medicine and was appointed as head of the newly formed Department of Production and Population Health in 2012. He holds the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production and is a Diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management.

Daniella Dos Santos

Daniella Dos SantosDaniella obtained a BSc (hons) in Molecular Genetics from Kings College London in 2007, before going to study veterinary medicine at the RVC, qualifying in 2012. Since then she has been in first opinion small animal and exotic animal practice and is currently working towards her CertAVP zoological medicine.

She became a member of the Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel at the BVA in 2015, and took the position of chair in 2017. She also became a Trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation in 2016.