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Dr Kate Richards

MA BVM&S DipM MRCVS

Candidate 11 of 14

Proposers: Dr Rosie Allister, Dr Niall Connell

Contact details

T 0207 833 2770
M 07956 383 732
E [email protected]

Candidate biography

Kate Richards, 2024 RCVS Council election candidateQualifications:

Dick Vet graduate
Official Veterinarian (OV)
Diploma in Marketing
Veterinary Public Health
MA in Creative and Life Writing

Experience:

Fifteen years in farm animal practice in Aberdeenshire, including OV work
Livestock Veterinary Advisor in Schering-Plough Animal Health
Temporary Veterinary Inspector in Defra’s Disease Emergency Control Centre during Foot & Mouth 2001
Farm animal welfare Veterinary Advisor in Defra
BCVA Council, welfare and education committees
Leadership roles in Defra, Cabinet Office, HMRC, Scotland Office and Ministry of Justice
Animal Welfare Foundation Trustee

Currently:

Mentoring vet graduates
STEM ambassador
Tutor to disadvantaged students, The Access Project
Member of the SRUC, Food Standards Scotland and Moredun Boards working in consulting, education, food and feed, and research
RCVS Council, Chair of Education Committee and Mind Matters Initiative
Member of RCVS vet school visitation panel
Governor, The Glasgow Academy

Interests:

Writing, tap dancing, singing

Memberships:

RCVS, BVA, Association of Government Vets, Veterinary Public Health Association

Candidate statement 

We are a caring profession, a community demonstrating commitment to animal health and welfare daily. Our roles include clinical practice, veterinary public health, research, policy, surveillance and ensuring compliance with legislation, to name but a few! My aim is to raise awareness of our significant impact and increase the volume of the veterinary voice in society.

Our profession delivers in challenging circumstances including the XL bully ban, workforce recruitment and retention and protecting our borders against incursion of disease such as African Swine Fever. The challenges are many and can be sector specific. I bring experience, expertise and insight from my time in clinical practice, veterinary public health as an Official Veterinarian, the pharmaceutical industry and UK Government Civil Service. It is important to have breadth as well as depth of expertise on Council.

That we need legislative reform is beyond doubt, the current Veterinary Surgeons Act is nearly 60 years old and the world has changed significantly. We need legislation that is fit for purpose and I will continue to champion reform.

I believe in equality, diversity and inclusivity. A STEM ambassador, I am invited to schools to raise awareness of the multitude of vet roles and also tutor disadvantaged students.

I am passionate about raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing to counter stigma and discrimination, supporting nurturing workplaces where veterinary teams thrive. I use my connections across sectors to collaborate and learn. I am heartened by the appetite for discussions and understanding on this topic but there is more to do and we must not be complacent.

I would be honoured to be re-elected to Council, to work with and for the profession, a profession I deeply respect and to which I am indebted and committed.