David Bartram



David Bartram

David graduated from the RVC in 1988 and moved into the pharmaceutical industry after three years in farm animal practice, keeping his hand in for over 10 years with regular weekend companion animal locum work. He is currently employed in a marketing and technical role for a leading animal health company and has postgraduate qualifications in marketing and finance.

David is passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of the veterinary profession. He gained an MPhil and RCVS Fellowship for his research in this field, has published extensively and presented at conferences worldwide.

He was a director of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund from 2008-2014 where he had special responsibility for the Veterinary Surgeons’ Health Support Programme. David was the 2013 recipient of the BVA Chiron Award for outstanding contributions to the profession.

His employment, research and charitable work have given him wide exposure to and an appreciation and understanding of the needs of our profession across its diversity of employment types and career stages. His familiarity with the profession in other countries provides a valuable frame of reference.


Council Member category

  • Elected: 2014 - 2018


Committee membership

  • Education Committee

Declaration of interests







Appointments to other bodies

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • BVA - Member
  • SVS - Member
  • BCVA - Member
  • European College of Small Ruminant Health Management - Diplomate
  • CIM - Member
  • RCVS - Fellowship
  • Veterinary Benevolent Fund - Life Member


  • Visiting Teaching Fellow at School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey
  • Zoetis - May 2010 to date
  • FordDodge Animal Health - Oct 2007 - May 2010
  • Eli Lilly and Company - Feb 1999 - Oct 2007
  • FortDodge Animal Health - Jan 1996 - Feb 1999
  • Janssen-Cilag - April 1991 - Jan 1996
  • Animed, Veterinary Hospital and Equine Unit July 1998 - April 1991

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • Chartered Institute of Marketing - DipM, MCIM
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - CDipAF
  • University of Southampton - MPhil

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

Other relevant information

  • Visiting Teaching Fellow, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey