Our structure

CPD Committee

The BVA CPD Committee (CPDC) is make up 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 clinical CPD programme, including deciding on topics, speakers, and venues
  • developing our clinical CPD content at the London Vet Show, 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

Current CPDC members

Melissa Donald, Chair

Melissa graduated from Glasgow and worked as a production animal vet at Iowa State University before returning to the Ayrshire coast to work in mixed practice. Over the next 25 years Melissa and her husband developed a small animal practice, with Melissa the practice’s new graduate mentor.
Melissa has been involved with BVA for many years. She has served on various BVA committees as well as BVA Council, and is a past president of the BVA Scottish Branch and Ayrshire Veterinary Association.

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. Alex has completed a PGcert in Small Animal Surgery and a GPcert in Diagnostic Imaging, which he is currently converting to PGc status.

Hannah Leech

Hannah works in a busy small animal hospital in West London where she's currently enrolled on a Small Animal Medicine certificate. She has previously worked as an Online Resource Editor for the Royal Veterinary College's Learning Technology and Innovation Centre. Hannah is currently in charge of her hospital's blood donor programme.

Rob Williams 

Rob is currently Head of Organisational Development at VetPartners. He spent 15 years in small animal practice gaining his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2008. In his current role, Rob is responsible for creating education and development programmes and career progression opportunities to develop people to their potential.

Justine Shotton

Justine runs the Veterinary Department at Marwell Zoo, following a Masters degree at the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London. She's 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.

Mandy Nevel

Mandy is the Head of Animal Health and Welfare at the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board. From 2003-18 she was a senior Lecturer at the RVC. She is Chair of the Pig Veterinary Society CPD sub-group and helped develop the Cert AVP modules for pigs. She has a PG Certificate in Veterinary Education and has an interest in digital technology for teaching. 

Yoav Alony-Gilboa

After graduating in 1996 from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Yoav spent 7 years working in a 38 vets farm practice in Israel. In 2003 he moved to the UK where for 5 years he worked as a Senior Farm Clinician at the RVC. He holds a RCVS certificate in Sheep Health and Production and is a recognised Israeli Specialist in Small Ruminant Health & Production.

Paul Horwood

Paul Horwood qualified in 2000 from the RVC, and stayed on to undertake an internship and then residency in farm animal medicine and surgery. In 2008, Paul was awarded a diploma in Bovine Reproduction from the University of Liverpool, based in part on his work on synchronisation and AI in dairy cattle. Paul's particular veterinary interests are in cattle fertility and nutrition.