Paul Jepson, BVSc MSc MRCVS, has been appointed as new president of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) for 2013-14. He will take over the role from Keith Chandler, BVMS, CertEP, MRCVS, at the end of 2013 BEVA Congress, which ends Sept. 14. Andrew Harrison, BVSc, CertEP, CertVA, MRCVS, a partner at Three Counties Equine Clinic becomes president-elect and Mark Bowen, BVetMed PhD CertEM (IntMed) MRCVS, becomes junior vice president.

Brigadier Jepson graduated from Liverpool University and worked in mixed practice for five years before joining the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. He was chief executive of the Home of Rest for Horses (now The Horse Trust), from 1997 to 2010, where he was both a hands-on equine veterinarian as well as guardian of the Trust’s scientific research and clinical scholarship funding program. He is a member of a government and equine industry core group on exotic diseases, chairman of the committee responsible for delivery of the Great Britain Equine Health and Welfare Strategy, a member of the National Equine Forum committee, and a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He works as a veterinary advisor from his home in the New Forest.

Jepson said, “BEVA is a cornerstone of the newly created Equine Sector Council for Health and Welfare, which brings together the diverse interests of the equine industry to work with Government in protecting our horses and an industry worth an estimated £7billion to the UK economy. BEVA is a recognised world leader in promoting the highest standards of equine health and welfare, scientific excellence, and education. BEVA really makes a difference and it is an honor to be president.”

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