Tiffany S Hemming (Chairman)
BVMS MSc PhD MBA DACVPM (epidemiology) CertWEL MIHM MRCVS RAVC
Tiffany worked in mixed practice before completing a thesis MSc and a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Guelph. She joined the Territorial Army as a Veterinary Officer before transferring to the Regular Army in 2000. Following roles in Germany, Washington DC and England she commanded a medical squadron with whom she was deployed to Afghanistan. She has also deployed to Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is currently a Lieutenant-Colonel and was elected AWF Chairman in 2011.
Gerard Brouwer-Ince MRCVS
Gerard is the Director of the Veterinary Services Unit at the University of Sheffield, where his responsibilities include managing the university ethical review process and a specialist central animal research support department. He brings to AWF a wealth of experience in teaching, research, operational management, strategic planning and policy development gained in the private and public sector.
David Chennells MA Vet MB, Cert PM, MRCVS
Cambridge graduate David has spent most of his career in general practice, with the last 20 years specializing in pig work as the senior partner of a Bedford practice. David is a former president of the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) and currently responsible for PVS publications, higher education and cpd. He is a member of the advisory committee of the RSPCA Freedom Foods and veterinary adviser to the technical committee of the Red Tractor/ Assured British Pigs Scheme.
miriam geraghty BVM&S MRCVS
After graduating Miriam took up a voluntary position with the Esther Honey Foundation providing veterinary care and welfare education in the remote Cook Islands. Since returning to the UK she has worked in mixed practice, initially in Scotland and now in rural Cornwall. She is an active member of the Cornwall Veterinary Association and particularly enjoys client educational roles. Outside of work Miriam breeds and trains Exmoor ponies and conducted research which contributed to the ban on the practice of hot branding registered pony foals without analgesia in Scotland. She continues to lobby for the practice to be outlawed in England.
David Harwood BVetMed MRCVS
Royal Veterinary College graduate David began his career in farm animal practice. He currently works at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA). In addition to diagnostic work, he manages the VLA animal welfare sub-programme and has a particular interest in farm animal welfare surveillance and veterinary forensic work. A former president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, David is also an Honorary Vet for the British Goat Society. He lectures on goat health and welfare and edits the Goat Veterinary Society Journal.
Peter Harlech Jones BVSc MRCVS
Peter is an international consultant on veterinary medicines. A Liverpool graduate, he worked in practice in Wales, London and Canada before working in the pharmaceutical industry. At the BVA Peter has served on the Veterinary Policy Group and as chair of the Medicines Group. He has been secretary and chairman of the Association of Veterinarians in Industry, and participates in the work of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE). He became BVA President in September 2011.
Chris Laurence MBE QVRM TD BVSc MRCVS
A Bristol graduate, Chris worked for 30 years in a predominantly small animal practice in Chippenham. In 1998 he joined the RSPCA and in 1999 became the charity's Chief Veterinary Officer. In 2003 Chris was appointed Veterinary Director at the Dog's Trust and he retired from this post in 2011. He was awarded an MBE in recognition of his work on the Animal Welfare Act. Chris is a member of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding and is also an RSPCA trustee.
Nicola Martin BVSc mrcvs
Liverpool graduate Nicola worked in a small animal practice in Shropshire before joining the PDSA. In 2012 she was appointed PDSA’s Head of Pet Health and Welfare with responsibility for using the charity’s communication channels to educate pet owners and young people about companion animal health and welfare. Nicola’s team developed and launched the highly regarded annual PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report in conjunction with YouGov and ran the education programme which reached over 300,000 children last year.
ben Mayes MA VetMB MRCVS
Cambridge graduate Ben dabbled in small and mixed practice before returning to his Mid-Surrey Pony Club roots in equine practice on the Surrey/West Sussex border. This is now Mayes and Scrine Equine Veterinary Practice, a five vet, RCVS PSS tier-2 100% equine practice with purpose built clinic facilities. He is a true equine general practitioner with clients from all disciplines of equine sport and is equally happy with routine call outs or in-house surgery. Ben joined BEVA Council in 2006 and was its 51st president.
Fred McKeating BVMS FRCVS
After graduating from Glasgow, Fred enjoyed a successful and varied career in mixed and small animal practice before joining the Veterinary Defence Society. In his current role as Technical Director at VDS he contributes to the day to day running of the organisation in an Executive Director capacity. His experiences in practice have provided opportunities to compare different ethical approaches to the provision of veterinary care and their effects on animal welfare.
Emma Milne BVSC MRCVS
After graduating from Bristol Emma spent a year doing fully mixed work followed by six years in small animal practices. She currently works for Minster Veterinary Practice in York. Emma has a strong interest in all aspects of animal welfare and has been particularly involved with the issue of tail-docking. Her book ‘The Truth about Cats and Dogs’ published in 2007, tackles her other main passion - the detrimental effect of pedigree breeding on the health of dogs and cats.
Ed Varley BVetMed MSc CertWEL MRCVS
After working in mixed practice, Ed joined the State Veterinary Service, latterly employed at the heart of Defra's animal welfare policy. Ed prepared the successful welfare case for banning the use of crates for veal calves in the EU and a bilateral agreement which established health and welfare controls for the import of captive birds. He is a founder member and current chairman of the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association and a veterinary adviser to the Farm Animal Welfare Council.