The BSAVA is an Association that is run by its members, for its members, promoting high levels of scientific and educational standards in small animal medicine and surgery in practice, teaching and research. In order for the Association to deliver the support and advice veterinary professionals require, numerous Committees bring together members from a diverse range of backgrounds. Further details and the function of each committee can be found below.

Members can also log in and read the AGM minutes from the last four years.

Advisory and Management Committee

Ancillary Officers


Board of Officers



Ian Ramsey April 201...Ian graduated from Liverpool University in 1990, completed a PhD at Glasgow University on feline leukaemia virus in 1993 and a residency in small animal medicine at Cambridge University in 1997. During this time he also did locum first opinion work in a wide variety of small animal practices. He then moved back to Glasgow University in 1998 where he has been ever since.

Ian first went to BSAVA Congress in 1988 and has been to all the others but one since then and still loves every minute of it.

He started his volunteer role in the East Anglia Region as Secretary in 1994 and then moved on to Publications Committee. In 2002 Ian became Chair of the PetSavers Management Committee. In 2006 he took a few years break from BSAVA volunteering (during which time he served as Secretary for the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) before coming back in 2011, first as member of, and then as Chair of Congress Programme Committee from 2012-2015. In 2016 he moved into his current role.

Ian is currently the Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Glasgow University Veterinary School and editor of the BSAVA Small Animal Formulary. He is an RCVS and European diplomate in small animal medicine and his main interest is in endocrinology. He has written and co-authored numerous scientific papers, review articles and book chapters in various aspects of small animal medicine. In 2015 Ian received the BSAVA Woodrow Award for his contributions to small animal medicine.

Away from veterinary work his hobbies are DIY, cycling and walking (preferably, but sadly all too rarely, up mountains).
He is married to Yvonne, has two teenage children, Alastair and Heather, and two dogs, a corn snake and gerbils.


Vice President

Sheldon Middleton MA VetMB MRCVS

Sheldon graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2007. He stayed in the area as a new graduate, taking a job in a mixed practice in Bedford. He became Senior Vet there in 2011 and a Partner in 2013. He gained a GPCert(Ophthal) whilst in practice.

Sheldon’s BSAVA career started immediately after graduation when he joined the East Anglia Regional Committee. He then took on the roles of Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of the region in succession and afterwards became a Regional Representative. This led him to be a committee member of the Membership Development Committee and he subsequently became Chair. Sheldon became Honorary Treasurer of the Association in 2016.

He has edited the BSAVA Pocketbook for Vets and is involved in the production of BSAVA’s PDP resource bank.

Sheldon lives with his wife (also a small animal vet) and two children in Bedfordshire. Originally from the Yorkshire Pennines, he still enjoys hillwalking but has to travel out of Bedfordshire to do so! He also enjoys skiing, classical music and days out as a family.


Junior Vice President

Alison Speakman BVMS (Hons) PhD CertAVP MRCVSalison-speakman-2015...

Alison qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1991. After a year in mixed practice in Lancashire she completed a residency in feline medicine followed by a PhD on Bordetella bronchiseptica infection. Following a short period of post-doctoral research, she returned to small animal practice in Lancashire. Apart from a 2-year spell as a veterinary technical director in industry and a year in Australia, Alison has remained with her roots in the North West for most of her working life. She currently works in a small animal practice in Lancashire and has recently completed her CertAVP.

 Alison first joined BSAVA as a new graduate and has been a member ever since, joining her local regional committee in 1995 followed by Education committee and Chair, Congress committee, Honorary Secretary and Petsavers committee. She currently sits on North West regional committee.

 Alison has been married to Victor for 25 years and they have 2 grown up children, Rebecca and Joseph, and a cheeky Border Terrier, Roxy. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, keeping fit, reading and travel.


Senior Vice President

Susan Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD FRCVSSue Paterson April 2...

Dr Sue Paterson has been a dual Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European College of Veterinary Dermatology specialist in Veterinary Dermatology for more than 20 years. She is a Fellow of the RCVS awarded for her contributions to clinical practice in the field of Veterinary Dermatology.

Sue was until two years ago a Veterinary Director of a large veterinary hospital group in the North West. Since selling the practice she has established a telemedicine advisory service and is passionate about making specialist veterinary advice accessible to both veterinary surgeons and the public. She has written seven veterinary dermatology text books, including three on ear disease, a subject on which she is considered to be a world authority. She has written more than 90 refereed publications in English, European and American journals and lectured all over the world, in more than 30 countries.  She is an elected member of RCVS Council where she is Education Chair and Council lead for sustainability. She is a past President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology and currently sits on the Board of the World Association of Veterinary Dermatology. She is a trustee of Battersea Dog’s home and a supporter of StreetVet.

Sue lives in Cumbria has two children and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than long walks across the fells with her two Labradors (and husband) Saffron and Thornton.


Honorary Secretary

Carl Gorman BVSc MRCVS

Carl graduated from Bristol in 1985. After working in Swindon, Portsmouth and Cheshire, he took on a practice in Newbury where he is now Clinical Director. He has a wide range of clinical interests including surgery, avian and exotic medicine and geriatrics. Since 2000 he has been Small Animal Editor, and now Consultant Editor of UK Vet Companion Animal. He is the author of ‘The Aged Dog’ and ‘Clients, Pets and Vets’.

Carl is on the Southern Region committee and has served as secretary. He has been a Regional Representative and sat on Scientific committee. As a member of BSAVA since 1983, he can boast membership of the association for well over half its existence. He has seen and admired the development of BSAVA over that time.

A firm believer in having a variety of interests to balance veterinary life, Carl has taken part in many challenges for charity, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, cycling the length of Wales off road, cycling from London to Edinburgh, a half marathon and a Tough Mudder. He has been on charity trips to Malaysia and Greece, neutering strays and continuing to advise the local charities.  He is a keen tennis player and golfer.  At home his family share space with three dogs, three cats and an increasing herd of tortoises (5 at the last count).


Honorary Treasurer

David Godfrey BVetMed CertSAD CertSAM DipABVP CBiol FSB FRCVS

After qualifying from the RVC in 1988, David spent a few months in mixed practice in Bangor, Co Down, six months in emergency practice in London and then an exciting year in small animal practice in St John’s, Newfoundland which enabled extensive travel around North America. He then settled for a few years in London and took RCVS Certificates in dermatology and medicine. David and his wife, Rosie, moved to Solihull and started the first feline-only veterinary practice in England. During those years, he passed the American Board of Veterinary Practitioner exams in feline practice and performed research in practice including work on feline osteoarthritis that eventually led to an RCVS Fellowship.

After our feline practice, David worked part time at home for a commercial laboratory, and ran some other veterinary businesses, before moving back into clinical work. This time he went back to small animal dermatology and BAER hearing testing. David drives between Cheltenham, Telford, Milton Keynes, and points inside this triangle, seeing dogs and cats with skin and ear problems.

David started volunteering with BSAVA’s Midlands committee as Treasurer. After a couple of years, restructuring led to East and West Midland Regions being created and he found himself chair of West Midlands and so a Director/Trustee of BSAVA. David was then a Regional Representative for a year before moving to Regions Coordinator for three years. These roles included serving on the Membership Development Committee and the Education Committee. 

David and Rosie have two grown children, Ella and Oscar, who are pursuing careers in theatre and film and Rosie works as a
small animal practitioner in Coventry. The family have an old cocker spaniel and a middle-aged North American box turtle and like
sightseeing, art galleries, films, theatres, a bit of gentle walking, and David does try to do some oil painting.


Chief Executive Officer

Amanda Stranack

Amanda graduated in Human Sciences from UCL in 1993 and in seeking her next steps, a fortunate introduction led to a role in small but growing business delivering corporate events.  This started her career in the world of corporate events where she moved through project management and account director positions and finally to senior management positions working with the boards to develop commercial and business strategies. 

For some time she had looked for a position to move to the client side of events, seeking for the chance to shape and build events strategically from within an organisation and the Head of Congress position at BSAVA fitted the bill.  BSAVA Congress is the UK’s largest annual association event and something to be proud of, within the veterinary profession but also the world of professional associations and events as a whole.  After 4 years in this role Amanda moved to the Director of Operations position and became Chief Executive in 2019.


Stephen Spill MA (Oxon), FCA- Non-executive director

Steve is BSAVA’s first non-executive director, and a non-veterinarian.SBS Web Photo

Steve graduated in History from Christ Church, Oxford and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. He has enjoyed a long executive career, initially as an auditor and later a business adviser and manager. The final segment of his executive career was as Chief Operating Officer of the Central & Eastern European operations of a major global professional services group, where he oversaw its operations in more than 30 offices across 19 countries.

As well as London, Surrey and South Wales, Steve has lived and worked in Rome, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw.

Steve now holds a portfolio of non-executive positions which, as well as BSAVA, include social housing, an NHS trust, international employee benefits and a mental health charity. His specialisms are finance, risk management and business growth strategy.

He lives in the Vale of Glamorgan in converted farm buildings, surrounded by (mainly large) animals, his involvement in small animals limited to the family cat, watching the neighbour’s sheepdogs at work, and providing protection for a hedgehog family. He enjoys cycling and walking in the rural Vale and travelling.


BSAVA Council

  • Independent Chair of Council - Ian Mason
  • Andrew Ash - Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and Past President
  • Tory Darke - West Midlands Council Representative 
  • Rachel Dunlop - Northern Ireland Council Representative
  • Rebecca Geddes - Metropolitan Council Representative
  • Julian Hoad - South East Council Representative
  • Kat Holt - North East Council Representative
  • Mike Jessop - Past President Representative
  • Louise Longstaff - South West Council Representative 
  • Philip Lhermette - Past President Representative
  • Angie McLaughlin - Scottish Council Representative
  • Kate O'Sullivan - Cymru / Wales Council Representative
  • James Warland - East Anglia Council Representative
  • Helen Watson - Southern Council Representative
  • Vacant Post - Chair of Volunteer Development Committee and Past President
  • Vacant Post - North West Council Representative
  • Vacant Post - East Midlands Regional Committee Chair
  • Carole Haile - Minutes Secretary


Companion Editorial Board

  • Samantha Taylor - Editor-in-Chief
  • Nicola Davies - Managing Editor
  • Sheldon Middleton - Junior Vice President
  • Dan Batchelor
  • Andrew Fullerton
  • Dan Makin
  • Lucy McMahon
  • Tony Ryan
  • Nele Van Den Steen
  • Graeme Kowalewicz - Designer and Typesetter

Congress Committees

Congress Committee’s sole purpose is to produce the finest annual small animal veterinary conference in the world at a reasonable cost to members. An outstanding scientific programme, featuring national and international speakers, is complemented by a varied social programme and the largest small animal veterinary exhibition in Europe.

Congress Committee

  • Tim Shearman - Chair
  • Angharad Belcher - Head of Partnerships
  • Amelia Brunt - Events Manager
  • Helen Field
  • Eleanor Haskey
  • Paul Higgs - Chair of Congress Programme Committee
  • Barbara-Ann Innes
  • Lucy Irvine 
  • Hannah Langley
  • Madonna Livingstone 
  • Carolynne Malvern
  • ​Ian Ramsey - President
  • Amanda Stranack - Chief Executive Officer
  • Beverley Woodruffe
  • Amelia Coates - Minutes Secretary

Congress Programme

  • Paul Higgs - Chair
  • Duncan Barnes
  • Esther Barrett
  • Poppy Bristow
  • Amelia Brunt - Events Manager
  • ​Meghan Conroy
  • Joe Fenn
  • ​Rebekka Fiorani
  • Andrew Green
  • Aaron Harper
  • Bronwyn Koterwas
  • Elizabeth Leece
  • Sheldon Middleton - Vice President
  • Yolanda Martinez Pereira
  • Ian Ramsey - President
  • Tom Reilly
  • Linda Ryan Roberts
  • Tim Shearman - Chair of Congress Committee
  • Christopher Sturgess
  • Claire Woolford
  • Helen Field - Minutes Secretary 

JSAP Editorial Board

The Journal of Small Animal Practice Editorial Board monitors scientific content, scrutinising of articles and oversees the production of commissioned articles.

  • Nick Jeffery - Editor-in-Chief
  • Darren Berger - Associate Editor (Dermatology)
  • Vicki Black - Associate Editor (Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease)
  • Rachel Dean – Clinical Research Assessment and Guidance panel
  • Mark Dunning - Reviews Editor 
  • Gawain Hammond - Associate Editor (Diagnostic Imaging)
  • Rachel Hattersley - Reviews Editor
  • Bianca Hettlich - Associate Editor (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Melanie Hezzell - Associate Editor (Cardiology)
  • Steven Holloway - Associate Editor (Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease)
  • Karen Humm - Associate Editor (Critical Care)
  • Daisuke Ito – Associate Editor (Surgery)
  • Rachel James - Supplement Editor
  • Nicola Kulendra - Associate Editor (Soft Tissue Surgery)
  • Diane Levitan - Associate Editor (Internal Medicine)
  • Valerie MacDonald - Associate Editor (Oncology)
  • Michael Macfarlane - Associate Editor (Oncology)
  • Christoph Mans - Associate Editor (Exotic pets)
  • Richard Mellanby – Clinical Research Assessment and Guidance panel
  • Kate Myrna - Associate Editor (Ophthalmology)
  • Dan O'Neill - Associate Editor (Epidemiology)
  • Daniel Pang - Associate Editor (Anaesthesia)
  • Val Parker – Associate Editor (Internal Medicine)
  • Karen Perry - Associate Editor (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Carlos Pinto - Associate Editor (Theriogenology)
  • Gerry Polton - Editorial Advisor
  • Marije Risselada - Associate Editor (Soft Tissue Surgery)
  • Kate Stalin - Associate Editor (Neurology)
  • Elizabeth Swanson - Associate Editor (Soft Tissue Surgery)
  • Stein Istre Thoreson - Associate Editor (Internal Medicine)
  • Mickey Tivers - Associate Editor (Soft Tissue Surgery)
  • Lauren Trepanier – Clinical Research Assessment and Guidance panel

Education Committee

Education Committee organises BSAVA CE courses for veterinary surgeons and nurses. The Committee is mindful of the RCVS commitment to lifelong postgraduate learning, the new proposed RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and that CPD will be mandatory for revalidation under the Veterinary Surgeons Act.

  • Christopher Sturgess - Chair
  • Lucie Goodwin - Head of Education
  • Karlien Heyrman
  • Micehlle lambert
  • Laura Pandolfi
  • Mark Pertwee
  • Sarah Williams
  • Tim Williams
  • Jane Greenwood - Minutes Secretary

Past Presidents

  • 1957–58 (C.E. Woodrow)
  • 1958–59 (C.E. Woodrow)
  • 1959–60 (S.J.F. Hodgman)
  • 1960–61 (W.B. Singleton)
  • 1961-62 (A. Steele-Bodger)
  • 1962-63 (O. Graham-Jones)
  • 1963-64 (W.H. Carr)
  • 1964-65 (K.G.D. Evans)
  • 1965-66 (M. Young)
  • 1966-67 (A.N. Ormrod)
  • 1967-68 (R.S. Kay)
  • 1968-69 (F.G. Startup)
  • 1969-70 (W.M. Wadman-Taylor)
  • 1970-71 (W.D. Tavernor)
  • 1971-72 (R.L. Beckett)
  • 1972-73 (H.E. Carter)
  • 1973-74 (P.G.H Mann)
  • 1974-75 (J.P. Sheridan)
  • 1975-76 R. Green
  • 1976-77 (J.M. Evans)
  • 1977-78 I.B. Hughes
  • 1978-79 C.P. DeVile
  • 1979-80 (A.T.B Edney)
  • 1980-81 E.A. Chandler
  • 1981-82 (G.A. Kluth)
  • 1982-83 D.J. Thompson
  • 1983-84 P.G.C. Bedford
  • 1984-85 J.S.M. Bower
  • 1985-86 (G.D. Parkin)
  • 1986-87 (A.D.R. Hilbery)
  • 1987-88 P.H. Beynon
  • 1988-89 S J. Foster
  • 1989-90 W.A. Bradley
  • 1990-91 (C.J. Price)
  • 1991-92 M E. Herrtage
  • 1992-93 N.T. Gorman
  • 1993-94 (R.L. Butcher)
  • v1994-95 L.V. Hill
  • 1995-96 J.R.F. Dalton
  • 1996-97 H S. Orr
  • 1997-98 D.F. Wadsworth
  • 1998-99 J.F R. Hird
  • 1999-00 P.H. Locke
  • 2000-01 L. Turner
  • 2001-02 J.A. Wells
  • 2002-03 R.G. Harvey
  • 2003-04 F. Scott-Park
  • 2004-05 I.S. Mason
  • 2005-06 C.T. Mooney
  • 2006-07 M.K. Jessop
  • 2007-08 F.J. Barr
  • 2008-09 E.J. Hall
  • 2009-10 R.M.Dixon
  • 2010-11 G. Petrie
  • 2011-12 R.A. Ash
  • 2012-13 M. Johnston
  • 2013-14 (M.J.Day) - see Michael's condolence book here
  • 2014-15 K. McConnell
  • 2015-16 P. Colville
  • 2016-17 S. Dawson
  • 2017-18 J. Chitty
  • 2018-19 P Lhermette

PetSavers Committees

The PetSavers Management and Grants Awarding Committees are responsible for the everyday running and organisation of the charity and in ensuring that the funds raised are administered in an appropriate manner. The funds are distributed by the PetSavers Grants Awarding Committee on the basis of independent reviews.

PetSavers Management Committee

  • Jim Hughes – Chair of PetSavers Management Committee
  • Krista Arnold – Committee Member
  • Hannah Bills-Brown – Petsavers Regional Representative
  • Eleanor Bullimore - Head of Marketing and Membership 
  • David Godfrey – Honorary Treasurer/Board Member
  • Rosie Godfrey – Committee Member
  • Sara Hillyer – Committee Member
  • David Killick – Chair of PetSavers Grants Awarding Committee
  • Vanessa Miller – PetSavers Regional Representative
  • Daisy Norgate – PetSavers Regional Representative
  • Yeon Joon Park – PetSavers Regional Representative
  • Jan Stevenson – PetSavers Regional Representative
  • Sarah Williams   – PetSavers Coordinator/Minutes Secretary

PetSavers Grants Awarding Committee

  • David Killick - Chair
  • Alisdair Boag
  • Elizabeth Bode
  • Eleanor Bullimore
  • Eithne Comerford 
  • Thomas Cammack 
  • Marie Aude Genain
  • David Godfrey - Honorary Treasurer/Board Member
  • Peter Graham
  • Alison Hall
  • Jim Hughes - Chair of PetSavers Management Committee
  • Nick Jeffery 
  • Harriet Syme
  • Sarah Williams - Minutes Secretary

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee is responsible for ideas for new publication projects and these are implemented by a team of enthusiastic professional staff at Woodrow House. Book authors and editors are recognised experts in their field and ensure the most up to date and practically oriented information is published.

The Publications Committee is responsible for the production of the manuals series and the indispensable BSAVA Formulary, as well as other printed and digital resources for members and the profession as a whole.

The Committee exists first and foremost to serve the needs of BSAVA members, especially those in general practice. If you have ideas for new products or comments on the existing ones, please contact

  • Julian Hoad – Chair
  • Carl Gorman - Honorary Secretary/Board Member
  • Jonny Hughes
  • Nicola Lloyd - Commissioning & Managing Editor
  • Ian Mellor - Publications Manager
  • Jenny Stavisky
  • Craig Tessyman
  • Adrian Ward
  • Georgia Woods
  • Clare Low
  • Jasmine Malm 
  • Cameron Shuttlewood - Minutes Secretary

Regional Committees

Throughout the year BSAVA Regional Committees organise courses which are aimed at the practitioner looking to update their current knowledge and techniques, as well as those who are studying towards various veterinary certificates.

Your local committee are instrumental in providing an array of events that provide unique opportunities to support you and connect you to others.

BSAVA Regions:

Regional CPD Support

Jennie Bartholomew - BSAVA Education Coordinator -
BSAVA Education Coordinator

Other Regional Support

Carole Haile - Volunteers Manager -


Scientific Committee

The role of the Scientific Committee is to provide the Association and its members with advice and information on matters of a scientific nature. The committee responds to specific professional and legislative matters as they arise, and works to prospectively identify potential issues of scientific importance to companion animals. Where appropriate it is within the remit of the committee to instigate surveys and projects on small animal disease.

The committee provides a link between the Association and its affiliated groups and works with the Association’s Public Relations Officer to address issues of public importance.

  • Ian Self - Chair
  • Sarah Caddy
  • Adrienne Conroy - Head of Policy and Scientific Communications
  • Alex German
  • David Kilick - PetSavers Grants Awarding Chair
  • Jeremy Kirk
  • Caroline Kisielewicz
  • Lisa Morrow
  • Sue Paterson - Senior Vice President
  • Melissa Upjohn
  • James Warland
  • Luisa Dormer - Scientific Editor and Minutes Secretary
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