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

Chair of Regions


This post is currently vacant and information about the role can be found here:


Board of Officers


Susan Paterson MA VetMB DVD DipECVD FRCVS

Sue qualified from Cambridge Vet School in 1984. She then went on to take her Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology followed by the Royal College and European Diplomas in Veterinary Dermatology. She has been a recognised specialist in Veterinary Dermatology for 20 years. She has written more than 50 peer reviewed articles and seven text books, the latter being widely translated including into German,  Spanish, Chinese and Russian. She has lectured extensively at NAVC, ESVD, WCVD, WSAVA, SEVC and EERVC and contributes regularly at BSAVA Congress. She has lectured in more than 30 countries. She has served as Chair of both Publications and Education at BSAVA. Sue is an elected member of Royal College Council where she sits on Education Committee. She is currently President of ESVD and has recently taken over as the Chair of Education at WAVD. Sue is a Veterinary Director of Rutland House Surgery Group in St Helens.

Sue has been married to her long suffering husband Richard for more than 25 years and has two children Samantha (20) and Matthew (18) and two large boisterous Labradors. She is a keep fit fanatic. She plays hockey regularly representing her club and the North of England at Masters level. She has recently had to give up marathon running after bilateral knee surgery. Over the last few years she has completed 25 marathons including 12 London marathons – each one has been in aid of an animal charity either GDBA or the BSAVA charity PetSavers. She has raised more than £20,000 for animal charities during that time.


Vice President


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.


Junior 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.




Senior Vice President

Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVetMed FRCVS

After completing an honours degree in animal physiology at the University of Nottingham in 1977, Philip went on to complete his degree in veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1982. Following four years in mixed practice in Surrey Philip moved to Kent to establish his own practice, Elands Veterinary Clinic, near Sevenoaks in Kent. Philip is Special Lecturer in Veterinary Endoscopy and Endosurgery at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and received the Simon award in 2011 for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery. 

Previous BSAVA posts that Philip has held include Chair of Kent BSAVA, member of publications committee and Chair of PetSavers Management Committee. He has also edited the BSAVA Manual Canine and Feline Endoscopy and Endosurgery.

Philip lives on a farm in Kent with his wife Elizabeth and three daughters, Anna, Sarah and Lisa-Nicole plus an expanding menagerie of pets and livestock. Hobbies include photography, scuba diving and
travel - plus the odd glass of good red wine!


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.



BSAVA Council

  • Independent Chair of Council - vacant post
  • Anneli Beese - East Midlands Regional Committee Chair
  • John Chitty - Past President Representative
  • Rachel Dunlop - Northern Ireland Regional Committee Chair
  • Rebecca Geddes - Metropolitan Regional Committee Chair
  • Mike Jessop - Past President Representative
  • Louise Longstaff - South West Regional Committee Chair
  • Aisling McGrath - West Midlands Regional Committee Chair
  • Angie McLaughlin - Scottish Regional Committee Chair
  • Kate O'Sullivan - Cymru / Wales Regional Committee Chair
  • Freda Scott-Park Chair of Volunteer Development Committee and Past President
  • Rebecca Smith - North West Regional Committee Chair
  • Amanda Stranack - Chief Executive Officer and Director/Trustee
  • Cathy Thomson - South East Regional Committee Chair
  • Julia Thomson - North East Regional Committee Chair
  • Lynn Turner - Chair of Audit and Risk Committee and Past President
  • James Warland - East Anglia Regional Committee Chair
  • Helen Watson - Southern 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
  • Vacant Post - Vice Chair
  • Angharad Belcher - Head of Partnerships
  • Amelia Brunt - Events Manager
  • James Harris - Sales and Marketing Coordinator
  • Eleanor Haskey
  • Paul Higgs - Chair of Congress Programme Committee
  • Barbara-Ann Innes
  • Hannah Langley
  • Madonna Livingstone
  • Caroline Queen
  • Sue Paterson - President/Board Member
  • Ian Ramsey - Vice President/Board Member
  • Tom Reilly
  • Beverley Woodruffe
  • Amelia Coates - Exhibition Coordinator/Minutes Secretary

Congress Programme

  • Paul Higgs - Chair
  • Duncan Barnes
  • Esther Barrett
  • Angharad Belcher - Head of Partnerships
  • Niki Burton
  • Meghan Conroy
  • Joe Fenn
  • Andrew Green
  • Eilidh Gunn
  • Aaron Harper
  • Edward Ives
  • Norman Johnson
  • David Killick
  • Bronwen Koterwas
  • Elizabeth Leece
  • Yolanda Martinez-Perez
  • Ian Ramsey - Vice President/Board Member
  • Tom Reilly
  • Sue Paterson - President/Board Member
  • Tim Shearman - Chair of Congress Committee
  • Tom Smith
  • Kit Sturgess
  • Clare Woolford
  • Helen Field - Operations Coordinator/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.

  • Kit Sturgess – Chair
  • Nina De Franco
  • Lucie Goodwin - Head of Education
  • Carl Gorman - Honorary Secretary
  • Karlien Heyrman
  • Michelle Lambert - Education Team Leader
  • Laura Pandolfini
  • Mark Pertwee
  • Alison Reid
  • Sarah Williams
  • Jane Greenwood - Minutes Secretary

International Affairs Committee

IAC enhances the global standing of BSAVA by gathering and evaluating information and producing reports on topics of international interest for dissemination to a global audience. The committee aims to foster positive perceptions of BSAVA services, opinions and policies by the international small animal veterinary community. In addition, IAC promotes international veterinary education.

The committee is responsible for creating and maintaining communication channels between BSAVA and major relevant associations, umbrella organisations and global opinion leaders. These include Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), Union of European Veterinary Practitioners (UEVP), Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA), World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) and others including UK based international organisations and UK veterinary organisations with an international interest.

  • Krista Arnold – Chair
  • Pedro Martin Bartolome Aresti
  • Heather Bacon
  • Pascale Collins 
  • Tricia Colville - BSAVA Representative to FECAVA
  • Wolfgang Dohne - FECAVA Representative
  • Nicolette Hayward 
  • Mark Johnston - BSAVA Representative to WSAVA
  • Kenelm Lewis - UEVP Representive
  • Philip Lhermette - BSAVA Senior Vice President
  • Sebastian Nogas 
  • Freda Scott-Park - BSAVA Representative to UEVP
  • Nick Stuart - BSAVA Representative to UEVP
  • Laura Turner - IVSA Representative
  • Carole Haile - Minutes Secretary

Membership Development Committee

The Membership Development Committee is responsible for helping to address the concerns of BSAVA members in general practice also supports the Public Relations Officer in responding to comments and suggestions from members as well as wider enquiries from members of the public.

Students are vital for future membership, which in turn is vital for the growth of BSAVA. The Membership Development Committee recognises this by forging links with students via our student liaison officer and endeavours to increase our membership via the membership recruitment working party.

The Membership Development Committee maintains links with other small animal organisations by representing BSAVA at their meetings such as the Veterinary Nursing Council and the Practice Standards groups within the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

  • Amanda Stranack – Chair
  • Gillian Alford
  • Paula Bailey
  • Elle Bullimore - Head of Marketing and Membership Manager 
  • Emilie Callaghan - Practice Standards Representative
  • Konstantinos Fontas
  • Emma Gerrard
  • Lucy Graham
  • Simon Grover - Membership Services Manager
  • Kerry Hall
  • Sue Paterson - President/Board Member
  • Sharon Swift - 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
  • 2014-15 K. McConnell
  • 2015-16 P. Colville
  • 2016-17 S. Dawson
  • 2017-18 J. Chitty

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.

  • Jim Hughes – Chair
  • Elle Bullimore - Head of Marketing and Membership
  • Jane Cordier - PetSavers Coordinator
  • David Godfrey - Honorary Treasurer/Board Member
  • Rosie Godfrey
  • Karen Humm
  • David Killick - Chair of PetSavers Grants Awarding
  • Madonna Livingstone - PetSavers Regional Representative
  • Kerry McNie - PetSavers Regional Representative
  • Vanessa Miller - PetSavers Regional Representative
  • Sheldon Middleton - Honorary Secretary/Board Member
  • Daisy Norgate - PetSavers Regional Representative
  • Alison Speakman - PetSavers Regional Representative
  • Jan Stevenson - PetSavers Regional Representative

PetSavers Grants Awarding Committee

  • David Killick – Chair
  • Elle Bullimore - Head of Marketing and Membership
  • Thomas Cammack - PetSavers Grants Secretary
  • Eithne Comerford
  • Marie-Aude Genain
  • Peter Graham
  • Alison Hall
  • Jim Hughes - Chair of PetSavers Management Committee
  • Sue Paterson - President/Board Member
  • Jane Cordier - PetSavers Coordinator/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
  • Georgiana Woods
  • 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
  • Paula Boyden
  • Sarah Caddy
  • Thomas Davies
  • Alex German
  • Jeremy Kirk
  • Caroline Kisielewicz
  • Lisa Morrow
  • Ian Nicholson
  • Ian Ramsey - Vice President/Board Member
  • Melissa Upjohn
  • Adrienne Conroy - Head of Policy and Scientific Communications/Minutes Secretary
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