The Vet Futures Action Group was set up to turn the recommendations of Vet Futures: taking charge of our future into realistic actions.

Over the coming months, each member of the Group will reflect here on their area of focus, and their experiences during the six-month period leading to the publication of the Vet Futures Action Plan.

Action Plan themes
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Animal Health and Welfare

James is the RSPCA’s Chief Veterinary Officer, an Honorary Fellow at the University of Bristol and University of Surrey, and an active member of the animal welfare research community. James qualified from the University of Bristol in 2004, where he also completed a bachelors degree in bioethics, certificate and diploma in animal welfare science, ethics and law, and a PhD in veterinary ethics. James worked in Gloucestershire in private practice, then at an RSPCA branch. He became head of the RSPCA’s companion animals department in 2011 and CVO in 2012.

James has previously undertaken roles as chair of the British Veterinary Association’s Ethics and Welfare Group, honorary secretary of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons, a member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Scientific Committee, and editor of the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA) journal.

Vet Futures is a clear chance for us as a profession to take control of our future. We can sit back and complain about changes that face us; or we can decide what type of profession we want to work in, and drive those changes. And that goes further than just our profession. We can decide what role we want in society: what sort of industries we want to support, what types of social change we want to drive.

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