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Dr Grant Hampson

Grant Hampson RCVS Council election candidate 2021BVetMed MRCVS

Candidate 5 of 14

Proposers: Dr Portia Northwood-Smith; Dr Chelsea Warren

Contact details

M 07455 017 829

E grant.r.hampson@gmail.com

Candidate biography

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018 and started my adventure in clinical practice at the PDSA were I had an incredible amount of support from my peers. After 18 months of fast-paced learning, I moved into private practice. I also volunteer for Street Vet, supporting pets of the people experiencing homelessness. My clinical interests involve feline medicine and in January 2020 I began my Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. I hope to designate this in feline medicine.

Outside of work I love being in my garden, planting as many different things as I can. I have always enjoyed cooking and finding a new recipe. During the pandemic I have developed a keenness for baking and am trying to perfect macarons. I’m also partial to a cheesy 90’s movie.

Candidate manifesto

Having recently graduated I can offer a fresh perspective to the RCVS council. I have a novel outlook on the journey recent and new graduates are undertaking.

During my time as an undergraduate student, I had extensive involvement in the student council, serving as Welfare Officer and Vice-President. This experience has allowed me to understand how change occurs and how one person’s representation can make a profound difference to individuals, as well as more systemic progress and change. During my time on council, I set up multiple mental health initiatives and transformed support available for members of the LGBTQ+ community during their time at university. We successfully broke down stigma surrounding mental health and gave a safe space to those who felt vulnerable.

We are constantly facing new and increasing challenges within the entire veterinary community and I have a passion for ensuring progress and change continues at the same pace.

Over the past 12 months we have all felt new kinds pressures and struggles. I want to help ensure nobody gets lost and ensure that even the quietist voice feels they are heard. I would help guarantee focus on the mental health and wellbeing of all those within the veterinary profession remains the highest priority of the RCVS council.

It is essential we have representation from all demographics within the veterinary profession. Building on the excellent work of Niall Connell and Mandisa Greene on diversity and inclusion, I want to stand as a voice for those who are starting out in their careers and as well as representing those more experienced who look forward to and value, positive change. I feel passionately that the vets of the future need to see themselves represented.

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