Our council

East Midlands region

It’s election time at BVA and your opportunity to choose the best candidate to represent your views at BVA Council for the next three years.

Following the open nomination period we have two candidates standing in the East Midlands region.

We have selected UK Engage to manage the voting process on our behalf, which will run for 4 weeks from Monday 20 January. UK Engage will send you details via email enabling quick, easy, and secure online voting.

We hope that you will take the time to consider the candidate manifestos below and would encourage you to put questions to the candidates by emailing council@bva.co.uk before placing your vote.

If you have any questions about the election please contact ameliaf@bva.co.uk

Chantal Bryant

I am Chantal Bryant and I have been the representative for the East Midland vets on the BVA Council for the last three years. There are many complex veterinary issues that require a wide range of people to try address them in order to protect our profession. This necessarily starts with the Council.

I have really enjoyed being involved with the Council as it has been a pleasure listening to your opinions on issues facing the profession and using this to inform my discussions at council meetings. These meetings are a collaborative event where we work to find solutions to these problems. I enjoy speaking in public and engaging our clients in frank discussions of the problems they face. This helps to inform my understanding of both local and national anxieties. I qualified from the Royal Dick in 2006 and am now a farm animal veterinary surgeon. I joined the BVA at university as I found the articles in ‘In Practice’ both informative and useful. My first 6½ years were spent in mixed practice mostly around the Midlands, a part of the country with which I fell in love.

I have been working in Derby for 7 years and have never looked back since making the move to purely farm practice. I spend a large percentage of my working life dealing with my routine farm clients particularly working with them to improve both their herd health and productivity. I run a Smallholder Club and a Flock Health Club, providing regular newsletters and meetings. This provides a good contrast between the big businesses who are concerned with their animals at the herd or flock level and people who are worried about each animal as an individual. Many of our clients are struggling as a result of the issues with which the BVA is involved. For example how to control TB being one of their biggest concerns.

Especially as the national viewpoint is often different to the local one. Working in a large farm practice there is plenty of discussion and a lively exchange of ideas between us which enables me to hone my diplomacy skills. We have a young group of vets at the practice and I enjoy helping them learn and thrive in their chosen career. I feel that the profession is facing an uncertain future especially with the terms of Brexit still to be decided. It is important to work as an industry to formulate plans for attracting new vets and to encourage them to stay as a veterinary surgeon into their later years.

As part of being the East Midlands Rep I have attended the East Midlands YVN meetings to try and improve their awareness of the BVA and show them what help is available for younger vets. I would very much like to continue as your East Midlands Representative and hope you will all put your faith in me again.

Nat Scroogie

I am a small animal vet based in Nottingham. As a new graduate, I used exercise to help me manage the stresses of life in practice. I started sharing my experiences through a blog, This Vet Runs, and found a passion for improving mental and physical health in our profession.

I speak and write regularly about wellbeing and a positive workplace culture. I have developed a strong social media presence, forming relationships with vets across the country, in all fields. Whilst we must continue improving support for new graduates, I also want to ensure that this is also prioritised for experienced vets, who can find themselves struggling too.

I co-founded the Vet MINDS group after suffering a miscarriage. Vet MINDS offers support and understanding to those in the profession facing infertility or baby loss. Through Vet MINDS I have developed strategic thinking, problem solving, communication skills and committee experience. The support the project received has been overwhelming and is what gave me the confidence to explore how else I can make a difference as a vet.

The BVA is the voice of every member of our profession, and our bridge with the public. I’ve been impressed with the bravery of the current committee in tackling the hard stuff and would love to contribute. I have a passion for the wellbeing of my colleagues, but I also care deeply about the health and welfare of the animals we treat, and the planet we share. Whether it is educating owners about brachycephalic breeds before point of purchase or supporting our British farmers in maintaining high welfare standards, whatever Brexit brings. In this uncertain political climate, the BVA will play an even bigger role than before in representing our voice. Together, we can influence government policy on UK welfare standards in agriculture, at point of slaughter, and disease surveillance across all species. I also have interests in improving education around responsible use of antibiotics; sustainability; the use of animals in the media; and improving public perception of the veterinary profession.

I have recently become freelance, working mostly as a locum, to see where my interest in the wider veterinary field takes me. Working in multiple practices across the East Midlands has allowed me to build strong relationships with many local colleagues. I feel I can represent the views of our region and have the time and energy to dedicate to the role. When I qualified, I didn’t expect my path to be so varied. But whether it is about wellbeing, animal welfare, or pregnancy loss, I have found that I have a voice. I want to use this within the body of the profession to make a positive impact. We are in a period of rapid, and sometimes frightening change. I would love the opportunity to be part of embracing this new chapter, helping support my colleagues with the challenges and opportunities this change brings, and to build trust between the profession and the public.