The BVA Council regional representative for West Midlands is Nicholas Jackson.
Members in the West Midlands can contact Nicholas via email: [email protected]
Having worked in the West Midlands region for the last 6 years initially in rural mixed practice and then as a locum vet I have gained insight into various aspects of our local and national veterinary issues across all species. I believe that being a vet is a privilege, to be part of such a diverse and caring community, not just of vets but nurses, farriers, and other allied professionals. Being able to represent the views of the hard-working vets of the region and make sure that our voices are heard is hugely important as we deal with new disrupting, exciting and challenging times. As highlighted in some of the discussions at this year's BVA Congress, we are working with more demanding, more informed, and more controversial requests from our clients.
Being able to communicate accurately and clearly as a profession in support of animal welfare is so important in maintaining the trust that the public hold in vets and the BVA position statements and policies are a key way of doing this, but only as long as they truly represent the views of the profession and that means having informed and proactive representation, which I hope to offer.
I have helped set up and organise local YVN events in the past and campaigned along with colleagues to increase the BVAs support of this initiative. It has been great to see the enthusiasm with which young vets in many parts of the country have been able to access peer-led support assisted by the BVA and I would work hard to ensure that this is continued and improved in the West Midlands region. Helping to ensure we work together as a community of vets, regardless of employer, field of work, or level of experience is crucial to improving wellbeing in the profession. I would like to see the BVA offering member benefits that engage and support our community of vets to help reduce the pressures and isolation some vets feel. I actively attend local CPD and other events and am keen to help the BVA raise the availability and the profile of events to connect local veterinary professionals.