David Rendle, an independent equine medicine and therapeutics consultant and a sheep farmer, has been appointed as President of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) for 2022/23. He will take over the role from Huw Griffiths at the end of BEVA Congress, which runs from September 7-10, 2022. Roger Smith will become president-elect.
Following graduation from The University of Bristol in 2001, David worked in farm animal and equine practice in Somerset before completing an internship at Liphook Equine Hospital. A three-year Horserace Betting Levy Board residency at The University of Glasgow and Liphook Equine Hospital enabled him to train as a specialist in equine internal medicine and to gain a masters by research into equine asthma and an RCVS certificate in equine medicine.
David spent several years at Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire and had spells at The Royal Veterinary College, London, and Charles Sturt University in Australia before moving to Rainbow Equine Hospital in Yorkshire. There, he led the internal medicine and laboratory services as a director and subsequently as a clinical director following the hospital’s acquisition by the VetPartners group.
David returned to his Westcountry roots in 2020 and now combines his work as an independent equine medicine and therapeutics consultant with running the family farm on the edge of Exmoor. He is chair of BEVA’s health and medicines committee.
During his presidential year, David is keen to continue building on his recent work around antimicrobial and anthelmintic resistance as well as expanding BEVA’s global outreach to support more equine vets and have a greater impact on equine welfare.
He said: “I’ve had a great time being part of the profession for the past 20 years and I am now in a position to give something back.
“Huw has driven much activity in the past year around recruitment and retention, and I hope to be able to build on this and action results from the recent survey, under Huw’s continued supervision. I am also determined to maintain momentum around BEVA’s antimicrobial and anthelmintic resistance work as well as step up collaboration internationally on these and other projects to extend BEVA’s global outreach.
“Around 99% of the world’s horses are cared for by around 1% of the world’s vets so we are not going to change things overnight; however, BEVA has so much to offer and we should use our resources to support equine welfare, irrespective of where equine vets and their patients live and work.”
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