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BVA Officers

BVA is led by our Officer team - BVA President, Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President - veterinary surgeons who serve for 3 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.

BVA President

Justine Shotton 

A 2008 University of Bristol veterinary graduate with a First Class intercalated degree in veterinary pathology from the Royal Veterinary College, Justine has over 12 years’ experience in zoo medicine, small animal practice and mixed practice in Oxfordshire, London and Hampshire, as well as internationally. In 2014, she completed a Master’s degree in Wild Animal Health from the Royal Veterinary College and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Since 2015, Justine has worked as the Veterinary Services Manager at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire. Alongside her veterinary and conservation work, Dr Shotton also works as a small animal and emergency veterinary locum.

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BVA Senior Vice President

James Russell

James is a 2002 Royal Veterinary College graduate and a post-graduate diploma holder in production animal and livestock medicine. He has over 17 years’ experience working in mixed practice. In September 2018, he stepped down as director of a large veterinary practice in Ashbourne to become an independent veterinary consultant. James was appointed as a non-executive director to the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE) in November 2021.

James has been associated with BVA since 2008, when he joined the Veterinary Policy Group. He went on to become the inaugural East Midlands representative on BVA Council from 2010-2012 and was Chair of the CPD Committee 2016-2019 when he joined the officer team.

BVA Junior Vice President

Malcolm Morley

Malcolm is a 1993 Bristol Veterinary School graduate with almost 30 years’ experience in equine medicine in the UK and Australia, with primary areas of focus including first-opinion practice, dressage horses and pre-purchase examination.

He is a Clinical Director at Stable Close Equine Practice in Winchester, a practice that he co-founded in 2003 and has since built into a leading first-opinion practice providing veterinary care to a wide range of horses across Hampshire.

Outside of clinical practice, Malcolm chairs BVA’s Member Benefits Committee and is a member of the BVA Policy Committee. He is also an honorary life member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians.

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