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.


John Fishwick became President of BVA in September 2017.

Senior Vice President

Gudrun Ravetz is a small animal vet in Cumbria. She become BVA Senior Vice President at our AGM in September 2017.

Junior Vice President

Simon Doherty became Junior Vice President of BVA in September 2017.


John FishwickJohn Fishwick became President at BVA Members' Day 2017.

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.

Gudrun Ravetz BVSc MRCVS

Gudrun ravetz head shot Gudrun became Senior Vice President of BVA in September 2017. Gudrun Ravetz’s career to date has taken in many different aspects of the veterinary world.

It was whilst studying at Liverpool University as a veterinary student that Gudrun became interested in the business side of veterinary practice. Pursuing this interest she was supported by the university to set up and run a business elective as a student, providing her with her first insight into this area of the veterinary world.

Alongside practising as a small animal veterinary surgeon on graduating in 2002, Gudrun furthered her interest in the business side of the veterinary profession by studying for the post graduate certificate in business.

Over the years Gudrun has worked as a clinician in a variety of different small animal practices, both in private practice and charity. This includes a large American group of veterinary practices which provided insight into a very different model of veterinary practice. As well as clinical jobs, Gudrun has also worked in a number of veterinary related roles including working in industry, management and as a veterinary consultant to a number of companies.

Gudrun has also been involved in veterinary politics for a large part of her career and has played a vital role at the Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS). She is Past President of the society (2012/13) and also worked as a councilor for them for several years.

Gudrun is a trained harassment listener, a skill she uses through her involvement with the SPVS graduate support network. Through this network she provides help to recent graduates with any problems they may be having in their jobs or with other veterinary related issues. She has also previously lectured to final year veterinary students on the subjects of employment law (she has a Graduate Diploma in Law) and basics of business in a veterinary practice.

Currently Gudrun works as a Veterinary Consultant to Pet Health Plans from Denplan and as an external interviewer for prospective veterinary students at University of Liverpool.

When not working Gudrun can often be found taking on challenges of a different kind, competing in endurance competitions like the Ironman triathlon, as well as marathon and fell running. She’s also successfully swum all of the major lakes of the Lake Districts!

Gudrun became Junior Vice President at the BVA Member’s Day and AGM on 24 September 2015.

Simon Doherty BVMS CertAqV MRCVS MRQA CBiol FRSB

Simon Doherty (officer pic)

Simon Doherty is Director of Blackwater Consultancy Ltd and Animal Science & Aquaculture Specialist to the UK Government Department for International Trade (DIT). Simon was President of the North of Ireland Veterinary Association and of the Northern Ireland Branch of BVA from 2015-2016. He is a member of the UK Board of livestock development charity, Send a Cow, and a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation. Simon Doherty became Junior Vice President of BVA in September 2017.