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Prof Sandy Trees ennobled
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Distinguished vet appointed to House of Lords

MRCVS.co.uk would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Professor Alexander (Sandy) Trees, formerly Dean of the Liverpool University Veterinary School and President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, upon the announcement of his being raised to the House of Lords as a Crossbench Peer. Professor Trees' future title will be announced at a later date, and he will become the second veterinary surgeon ever to enter the Lords after the ennoblement of Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior in 1990.

Commenting, Professor Trees said “I am delighted and humbled to be appointed as a member of the House of Lords, not least as I will become only the second veterinary surgeon to be ennobled. The understanding of science in public policy has never been more important and I look forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to the House.”

“I shall endeavour to be an advocate for science-based policy making and also for the veterinary profession. I believe that veterinary surgeons both in practice and academia could, and should, play a more prominent role in advising Parliament not only on animal health and welfare matters, but also on human healthcare.”

Also commenting, BVA President Carl Padgett said “The British Veterinary Association is absolutely delighted at Professor Trees' appointment to the House of Lords. He will bring a wealth of experience and scientific expertise into the political arena, not only in the fields of animal health and welfare but also public health, where he has particular knowledge and experience.”

"We are also proud that Professor Trees will be formally opening this September's BVA Congress in Liverpool where he inspired two generations of vets through his teaching and research, and we look forward to working with him to deliver a healthy future for animals, vets and the country."

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Professor Tim Gruffydd-Jones to receive Feline Foundation Award

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will this week recognise University of Bristol feline medical specialist, Professor Tim Gruffydd-Jones, BVetMed, PhD, with the 2014 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award.

The AVMA will honour some of the nation's top veterinary surgeons, individuals and organisations during several events and ceremonies. The recipients of the awards are dedicated professionals who have made a difference in the lives of both animals and people across the country and the globe.

The AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award is given annually to a distinguished member of the association. It honours the recipient's long-term commitment to advancing feline research.

Professor Gruffydd-Jones has devoted much of his career to feline medicine and has won several other awards for his work, including the BSAVA Woodrow Award. He is interested in all aspects of feline medicine, but particularly infectious diseases, gastroenterology, endocrine disorders and breeding problems.

He was chairman of the Feline Advisory Bureau, now known as International Cat Care, from 1980-2002 and is currently deputy chairman of Cats Protection, the UK's largest cat rescue charity.