Dr Susan Paterson

MA VetMB DVD DipECVD FRCVS

Candidate 7 of 10

 

Susan PatersonProposers

Mr John Rogers Chitty, Dr Freda Marion Scott-Park

 

Address and contact details

Rutland House Veterinary Hospital, Abbotsfield Road, St Helens WA9 4HU

T 01744 853510

M 07766 553675

E spatersonvetmb1959@btinternet.com

W www.rutland-vets.com

 

Candidate biography

I graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1984. I am an RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. I was honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the RCVS for contributions to clinical practice in the field of Veterinary Dermatology in 2017. I am Senior Vice President of ESVD.

I have worked in many different aspects of the profession starting as a large animal veterinary surgeon on Exmoor, before undertaking Charity work at the PDSA then becoming a specialist in both small and large animal dermatology.

As Junior Vice President of BSAVA and a member of RCVS Council I have been able to become involved with some of the challenges facing the profession such as antimicrobial resistance, the health issues associated with brachycephalic dogs, the illegal importation of puppies, mental health issues and the support for young vets through mentorship.

I have been married for almost 30 years, I have two teenage children and two large Labradors. I am a keep fit fanatic and still play hockey at my advanced age. I am an active charity fund raiser and as this goes to press I will hopefully be summitting Kilimanjaro in aid of the BSAVA Pet Savers Charity.

Candidate manifesto

I have been honoured to serve on RCVS Council for the last 4 years. I currently sit on Education Committee, CPD Referral Sub-Committee and Recognised Veterinary Practice Sub-Committee.

We do not train enough veterinary surgeons to fulfil the commitments of the profession in the UK. Whilst it is important we continue to welcome European veterinary surgeons and nurses to this country, it is equally important that we address the problem we have at home to recruit enough home-grown students into a veterinary career. We must also work harder to prevent the haemorrhage of veterinary talent from the profession.

I am actively involved in one of the most recent RCVS initiatives, the Graduate Outcomes Working Group, where I chair one of the sub-groups. This group has been set up to address many of the problems that Brexit has highlighted. The group’s remit is wide ranging, from the promotion of the profession to youngsters in schools, through the fundamental design and structure of the veterinary degree. In the past veterinary students have qualified with an exceptional clinical education but without many of the life skills that are so important to survive post-graduation. I feel it is crucially important that veterinary graduates are equipped not just professionally but emotionally for their careers, so that they have the chance to explore a diverse range of employment opportunities within the profession.

Whilst the “Mind Matters” Initiative has helped increase the awareness, and allowed people to recognise and support colleagues with mental health issues there is still work to be done to provide our new graduates with the resilience they need to avoid the stresses a career in veterinary medicine can produce.

I would welcome the opportunity to continue to work on Council and to try to help make a difference to the profession.

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