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Dr Lara Wilson

BVMS MBA MRCVS

Candidate 14 of 14

Proposers: Amanda Boag, Dr Fiona McFarland

Contact details

M 07523 494 847
E [email protected]

Candidate biography

Lara Wilson, 2024 RCVS Council election candidateBased in Northern Ireland, I am a working general practice veterinary surgeon, married with four children, a noisy Schnauzer, and a fat Highland Pony. Since qualifying I have treated patients and worked with veterinary teams from Elgin to Canterbury, from Fife to Fivemiletown.

I wasn't an academic star at Glasgow Vet School, but I was proud to receive the Lanark Prize for attitude and ability in handling animals. I went to Northern Ireland, working in mixed practice then became a senior vet at Vets Now, Belfast, the first dedicated OOH service in Northern Ireland. I progressed to an area lead role supporting clinic teams, then led the 24/7 emergency service from the Vets Now Glasgow Referral Hospital. During this time I completed an MBA focused on team development and retention.

Now, I'm a Regional Clinical Lead for CVS, mentoring and learning from colleagues across Scotland and Northern Ireland. I support QI projects, take part in teaching and mentoring, and keep my clinical skills current working in primary care practice. I am a member of the BVA member benefits and events committee and a director of the Vet Trust and working towards a MA in Applied Linguistics.

Candidate statement 

The last years have been turbulent; Brexit, COVID, Under Care, XL bullies and more. I have weathered the consequent changes in practice while supporting teams through the same experience.

My core values are hard work, fairness, respect, and inclusive leadership. I am a good listener and take a big picture view. My opinions are informed and supported by a keen sense of professional responsibility. I am as comfortable working on a committee or board as in the consult room. I have a strong network across the UK and interact with the full spectrum of Veterinary Surgeons in my daily work.

The role of a Council Member is explicitly to listen to the voices of the profession and reflect them in discussions. I am committed to doing exactly this. I will be approachable, compassionate, and considered.

I have wide knowledge and experience. I am keen to enhance communication between the Council and the working veterinary team and to help align the Code of Conduct with the concepts of contextualised care and shared decision making.

My career so far has been challenging and enjoyable, in mixed practice, emergency work, referral setting and, now again, in primary care in urban and rural areas, days, nights and weekends. In addition to my clinical work I have experience across many aspects of the profession; finance, Quality Improvement, Vet GDP, teaching of professional skills, workshop design and facilitation, Human Resources and Committee work.

This is a time of adjustment for our profession. I would be grateful to be able to influence the changes to come so we can move forwards together as a veterinary team to continually improve the standards of care for animals, clients, the environment, and each other.

Please do vote. Consider including me as one of your choices.