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Dr Danny Chambers

Dr Danny Chambers, RCVS Council election candidate 2021BVSc MSc MRCVS

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Proposers: Dr Ebony Escalona, Mr Robin Hargreaves

Contact details

Hall Manor, Kelly, Lifton, Devon PL16 0HQ

M 07736 473 702

E danny.chambers@live.com

W www.instagram.com/danny_the_vet

Candidate biography

I graduated from Liverpool in 2008 with an intercalated MSc in Infectious Disease Control, which led to me volunteering with One Health projects throughout India and Africa. Implementing a livestock improvement programme in Iraq gave me an even greater appreciation of how the veterinary sector can improve livelihoods worldwide.

I have worked in mixed, equine and small animal practices all over the UK and New Zealand, including the equine departments of the Universities of Edinburgh and Bristol. I currently work in first opinion equine and small animal practice.

I’m a trustee of the mental health charity Vetlife and regularly speak at conferences about mental health in practice.

I’ve campaigned extensively to promote evidence-based medicine and am a trustee of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine charity RCVS Knowledge. I sit on the RCVS Education Committee, the Environmental and Sustainability and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Groups.

Outside of work I have hiked the Offa’s Dyke route for veterinary charities. I enjoy mountain biking, trail running, and playing the guitar terribly. This Christmas, to give everyone a smile, I co-wrote and directed an online veterinary pantomime to raise money for Vetlife. This was a massive success because I’m hilarious.

Candidate manifesto

 

As a general practitioner, a trustee of Vetlife, and co-founder of Veterinary Voices support group which includes 13,500 vets and RVNs, I am well attuned to the mental wellbeing of the profession which has been exacerbated by the pressures of working through this pandemic. Having striven to be a human link between RCVS and our profession, I stepped up to provide immediate clarity and field questions when the RCVS Covid guidance was initially published.

I endeavour to keep mental health at the heart of all Council discussions and believe in transparency in all RCVS communications.

Working conditions, such as clinical support and working hours, are pressing issues facing recent graduates already feeling pressure from increasing client expectations and student debt. I’m delighted to be a member of the RCVS Education committee, implementing improved and more standardised support for recent graduates by replacing the current PDP system with a genuinely effective solution.

Throughout my professional and political career I have campaigned to tackle the multifactorial and socio-economic barriers to equality of opportunity which prevents many talented people from attending university. Furthering this agenda would be of huge benefit to our profession as we struggle with recruitment and retention.

I am excited to be on the new RCVS Environmental and Sustainability working party because I believe our profession is uniquely placed to play a meaningful role in the climate crisis and should demonstrate leadership.

There will undoubtedly be controversial issues to tackle and we need first opinion vets on Council to ensure RCVS totally embodies compassionate regulation. Empathetic leadership is required when facing the extreme uncertainties of the immediate future.

Above all I have demonstrated commitment and effort on behalf of all members of the profession. If you re-elect me, I will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of you.

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