The BVA Council regional representative for London is Catrina Prince.
Members in London can contact Stephanie via email: [email protected].
I am a young, enthusiastic small-animal clinician, an MSc Veterinary Epidemiology student and intern in veterinary policy for the Lord Trees at Westminster. I am privileged to work with a wide variety of veterinary professionals in government, research and practice. My understanding of their views and experiences puts me in an ideal position to be the BVA representative in London.
The veterinary profession is fortunate to be made up of incredibly driven, hard-working and compassionate people. We are right to be proud of our profession and I believe we can have a substantial positive impact. Our BVA voice is a fantastic way to channel this. The upcoming year is a chance to make our voices heard more than ever. We need a strong voice in the face of the recruitment crisis and the possible changes after EU exit. Additionally, changing practice structures and the use of technology are opportunities to meet the increased expectations of clients, who may already be stretched to the upper-end of their budgets. Always at the heart of what we do is animal health and welfare and working with owners to make the day-to-day life of their animals better. Short-term, I would like to continue the work done to improve brachycephalic welfare in particular.
However, to look after animals we also need to look after ourselves. Disillusionment and poor well-being are faced in all age-groups and veterinary sectors. It is a multifaceted, complex issue. I am a qualified mental health first-aider and enjoy supporting my team. I understand that solutions in the face of complexity need to first come from a place of mutual understanding and non-judgment. On-going work by the BVA Young Vet Network and the Vet Futures Project as well as RCVS Mind Matters initiative is important in tackling these issues. I believe we should seek out and celebrate positive practice cultures so we may all learn from their success. I hope to bring my passion, insight into government policy and skill in critical analysis of complex problems to represent you to the best of my ability in the important role.