BVA CPD Committee

The BVA CPD Committee (CPDC) is comprised of 9 veterinary surgeons who provide a comprehensive insight into the discipline of CPD; with many regularly involved in the delivery of CPD to a wide range of audiences.  

The committee is responsible for:

  • developing our national multi-species clinical and non-clinical CPD programme annually, including topics, speakers and venues
  • developing our CPD programme at the London Vet Show annually, in partnership with CPD partners as appropriate
  • reviewing BVA member and non-member research and feedback relevant to CPD
  • advising the Board on CPD-related developments

BVA In Practice CPD policy and procedures (PDF 1.75 MB)

Current CPDC Members

James Russell, Chairman

James is a director of McMurtry and Harding veterinary practice. James has continued to pursue his keen interest in farm animal medicine, gaining a post graduate diploma in production animal and livestock medicine in 2008. He recognises the need to continue to evolve farm animal practice to recognise the benefits of proactive health management as well as disease control and will often be found looking a farms risk profiles late into the evening! He has a particular interest in bovine TB and Johnes disease, conditions he would like to see controlled at some point before he retires.

Alex Davies

Alex is surgical director at a busy south east London hospital, he graduated in 2004 and has worked in small animal practice since. His main interests are small animal surgery with a focus in orthopaedics and continued education and mentorship. He has completed a PGcert in Small animal surgery and a GPcert in Diagnostic imaging which he is currently converting to PGc status.

Alan Murphy

Alan is a member of the APHA cattle expert group with strong links to various universities and research bodies, both national and international. He has delivered CPD to organisations such as BCVA, FSA and NFU. Alan has also produced and delivered a variety of presentations and lectures to undergraduates at Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln and Surrey universities.

Ben Mayes

Ben is a Director at Mayes & Scrine Equine Veterinary Practice, a trustee of the research charity the Animal Welfare Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board for the new University of Surrey Veterinary School and is a vice-president of the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations (FEEVA).

David Williams

David qualified in 1988 worked at the Animal Health Trust and Royal Veterinary College gaining his CertVOphthal and a PhD, then returned to Cambridge, studied for his FRCVS in fish ophthalmology, a VetMD on age-related cataracts and now teaches ophthalmology there. He is a diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine and is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Education focusing on the teaching of veterinary ethics. 

Justine Shotton

Justine has nine years experience in practice, starting out in mixed practice working with a variety of domestic species, and now, following a Masters degree at the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London, runs the Veterinary Department at Marwell Zoo. She is responsible for practice management and staff training and has links with various universities and institutions working in animal health and zoological medicine. She lectures on exotic animal medicine to veterinary students at the University of Surrey and also runs student research projects and veterinary electives for these students. 

Kathryn Wale

Kathryn is a recent graduate and spent her first year in mixed equine and small animal practice before moving into 100% small animal in 2013, taking her current position at an RCVS accredited small animal hospital in 2015. She is studying for further qualifications in surgery and has a particular interest in oncology, and is also involved in clinical audit and responsible use of antibiotics and cytotoxic pharmaceuticals.

Mandy Nevel

Mandy is a Senior Lecturer at the RVC teaching and training both undergraduate and post-graduate students at the RVC and other Universities.  She is on the Pig Veterinary Society CPD sub-group and has helped develop the Cert AVP modules for pigs.  She has a PG Certificate in Veterinary Education and has an interest in on-line and digital technology as tools for teaching. 

Rachel Sant

Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in small animal medicine. She spent 10 years in general practice and the next 10 in specialist practice, where she saw both medicine and dermatology referrals. She was also responsible for nurse management and training as well as business input into recruitment and marketing.