Our council

Northern Ireland regional representative

The BVA Council regional representative for Northern Ireland is Esther Skelly-Smith.

Members in the Northern Ireland can contact Esther via email: [email protected]

Esther Skelly-Smith

It is paramount for Northern Ireland’s voice to be heard on the main stage of the leading body representing the UK veterinary profession, particularly at a time when our profession is experiencing a unique set of challenges both politically and in the working environment. It is my aspiration to improve BVA’s engagement with local members to support BVA Council in fulfilling its primary role of representing members’ views on matters of veterinary policy.

Following graduation from Nottingham Vet School in 2012 I worked as an equine intern at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket under Dr Sue Dyson, and on my return to Northern Ireland in a rural mixed practice and laterally an equine dental clinic. During my time in practice I saw the need for a more integrated approach to veterinary medicine to improve horse performance and welfare.

In 2017 I established Shanaghan Veterinary Services, Ireland’s first equine veterinary referral service dedicated to providing an integrated approach to the veterinary treatment and care of horses. The practice recently won the Women In Business NI award for Outstanding Innovation. I have also recently been appointed to the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) College Advisory Group as their Equine Advisor.

As a BVA member and a practicing vet, I have always been passionate about improving our veterinary profession and I have served for the last five years as a council member and Honorary Secretary for the Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practicing in Northern Ireland (AVSPNI) and for North of Ireland Veterinary Association (NIVA). These experiences uniquely prepare me to champion the voice of Northern Ireland’s veterinary profession and each individual BVA members’ voice on BVA council.