Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Council have elected Dr Niall Connell as the new junior vice-president for 2018-19 and confirmed Amanda Boag as president for the same year.
Members elected Niall as junior vice-president at a meeting of Council on 8 March 2018 where a number of other appointments were confirmed for 2018-19, including Amanda as president, Professor Stephen May as senior vice-president, Dr Kit Sturgess as treasurer, Professor Susan Dawson as chair of education committee and Dr Kate Richards as chair of standards committee.
Niall qualified from the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and worked in mixed practice in Fife before joining the PDSA in 1984.
In asking for RCVS Council members’ votes, Niall said: “I am passionate about highlighting RCVS’ work, achievements and ethos in person and on several social media platforms to maximise engagement with our professions and with undergraduates. I have an excellent relationship with RCVS staff which is very important. I relish the prospect of working with my fellow Council members, College staff and our professional colleagues in the field for the best outcomes.
“The College is immersed in many important projects such as Vet/VN Futures, Mind Matters, graduate outcomes, career pathways and One Health, as well as Brexit, global positioning and the veterinary surgeons act. I would devote all my time and energy to being RCVS vice-president/president.”
Niall, along with other members of the College’s Officer Team, will take up their positions for 2018-19 at RCVS Day 2018, which takes place at the Royal Institute of British Architects on Friday 13 July.