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Dr Ian Sayers

Dr Ian Sayers, RCVS Council election candidate 2021BVSc CertZooMed MRCVS

Candidate 9 of 14

Proposers: Dr Madonna Livingstone, Dr Laura Mather

Contact details

Greenbay Vets, 34 Walnut Road, Torquay, Devon TQ2 6HS

M 07909 516 802


Candidate biography

Currently Ian offers an ‘exotic only’ consultancy in Torquay seeing First Opinion Practice (FOP) caseload. Occasional referrals are accepted to help support local veterinarians and improve animal welfare. He is Veterinary Consultant to Shaldon Wildlife Trust (Zoo) and Veterinary Pathology Group Exotics Clinical Consultant.

‘Spare’ time is spent supporting Animals Lebanon – an animal welfare charity where he helps cats and dogs as well as rescue lion and hyena.

He gained his CertZooMed in 2006 and Advanced Practitioner status in 2015. He has lectured nationally and internationally on both ‘exotic’ and small animal topics. He has contributed to various publications, worked with a number of zoological collections and was guest lecturer at Royal Veterinary College 2009 – 2018.

He was a member of the inaugural BVA CPD Group, extending his involvement for a fourth year while it transitioned to Committee status.

Graduating from Liverpool University in 1992 he has worked within FOP, other than a stint of cheetah research in the Serengeti. Initially in mixed practice he has since worked in independent and corporate small animal practices including teaching FOP at University of Bristol (2001 – 2010), where he was an integral part of the UK’s first Rabbit Only Referral Service.

Candidate manifesto

  • In these massively challenging and difficult times, it’s a really important time to vote. Even with record voting last year, 74% of the profession didn’t. Fortunately we are a self regulating profession – by vets, for vets. Use your vote to benefit the profession.
  • Vote for me as an independent voice on Council trying to get RCVS “back to basics” to ensure professional standards are maintained, rather than becoming increasingly political.
  • Where is the profession/RCVS heading?
  • Does RCVS really need a legal right of entry?
  • Why is RCVS admitting graduates as members but limiting employment prospects to practices that have undergone VetGDP training? RCVS has no jurisdiction over where a graduate can be employed. RCVS must review “approved” University courses and ensure improvement in ‘inadequate’ areas.
  • RCVS meetings behind closed doors? RCVS must be more transparent – this was supposed to have been remedied years ago.
  • RCVS protect the term Registered Veterinary Nurse, via CoPC.
  • Reducing level of proof in disciplinary cases will likely increase the number of “guilty” findings – contributing further to stress levels/reduced wellbeing and worsening retention figures.
  • Telemedicine, encouraged due to #StaySafe, in my experience can be detrimental to animal welfare. Using telemedicine in my Lebanese charity work illustrates it’s no substitute for a physical clinical examination, which Government legislation allows us to do in a COVID responsible manner. Telemedicine must not remain the ‘new normal’. #BeProfessional.
  • RCVS potentially enforcing “practice standards” on all. The current system is primarily a box ticking exercise not understood by the general public. It should empower and educate the public as to what it really means for their animals.
  • RCVS campaigning for a reviewed Veterinary Surgeons Act. Following BREXIT negotiations it’s obvious you don’t necessarily get all that you ask for. We must be very careful for what we ask.

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