Esteemed vet set to become RCVS president

AMANDA Boag, Vets Now’s clinical director, is to become the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s junior vice-president.

The University of Cambridge graduate will step into the role in July, when it becomes vacated by Professor Stephen May, who will become RCVS president.

After her 12-month term as vice-president, Amanda will move on to become RCVS president — the highest office in the veterinary profession’s regulatory body.

Amanda said: “I am honoured that members of the RCVS Council have elected me to the role of junior vice-president.

“It will be a great privilege to serve the veterinary professions and the public in this role.

“I am looking forward to working with the whole veterinary community embracing the challenges articulated in the recent Vet and VN Futures projects.”

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Amanda graduated in 1998 before undertaking further clinical training at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the University of Pennsylvania.

Between 2003 and 2008 she was a lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) at the RVC as well as head of the intensive care unit and co-director of the blood transfusion service.

Amanda took up the post of clinical director at Vets Now in September 2008 and oversees clinical and professional standards across the group.

She is also founding president of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ECVECC), which oversees specialist training in ECC in Europe.

Amanda added: “Having spent a lot of my career working with students and younger members of our professions, I have a particular interest in supporting vets and veterinary nurses to have long and successful careers supported by a good work-life balance.

“I am lucky to have had employers who have invested in my development — ensuring we support veterinary surgeons and nurses in developing a range of skills, both as clinicians and as leaders, is crucial to us being a strong and dynamic professional team into the future.”

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Amanda has been an elected member of RCVS Council since 2012 and RCVS treasurer since 2014.

She has also served as a member of the Education Committee and the Preliminary Investigation Committee/Disciplinary Committee Liaison Committee.

Following her year as president, Amanda will become senior vice-president, in July 2019.

There are currently 42 members on RCVS Council, including 24 elected members, who are all veterinary surgeons, two members appointed by each university with a veterinary school and four appointed by the Privy Council.

Among their responsibilities is to oversee matters of governance and the management of resources of the RCVS.

Amanda’s full manifesto can be found here.