New BVA president champions diversity

Exotics and companion animal vet Daniella Dos Santos has been elected president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2019/2020.

She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, after having completed a degree in molecular genetics from King’s College, London. She has worked in small animal and exotics practice in various locations in the South East, most recently as principal exotics and small animal vet at Parkvets Hospital, Kent. She is also studying towards a certificate in Zoological Medicine.

Commenting on her appointment, Daniella said: “I am very proud to be a member of the small, but invaluable, veterinary profession and honoured to have been elected as BVA president. I’ve really enjoyed my year as junior vice president, getting to grips with the many challenges and opportunities facing the profession in the current political climate. I look forward to representing and championing all members over the coming year and I’m excited to continue our work encouraging and celebrating diversity and inclusiveness across our profession.

“Vets are such wonderful advocates for the animals in our care and I’m keen to ensure we are also advocates for our own welfare and wellbeing. The veterinary world is changing and we have a perfect opportunity in that change to create a profession that is welcoming and supportive of everyone.”

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