AN EQUINE vet based in Winchester has been named has been appointed Junior Vice President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2021/2022.

Dr Malcolm James Morley, who set up Stable Close Equine Practice in Winchester with fellow vet Alexandra Sergeant in 2003, was appointed during a virtual awards and officer handover ceremony on September 23.

Dr Morley, a 1993 Bristol Veterinary School graduate, has almost 30 years’ experience in equine medicine in the UK and Australia, with primary areas of focus including first-opinion practice, dressage horses and pre-purchase examination.

Upon graduation, Dr Morley started out as an intern at The Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire, before joining an equine veterinary practice in Australia for a year.

After returning to the UK, he worked as a locum vet at the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire followed by a six-year stint back at Liphook.

In this role, he also provided veterinary services to Marwell Zoo, treating species including ungulates, primates, cats, birds and reptiles.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Morley said: “It’s an immense privilege and honour to take on the role of junior vice president of BVA, working alongside Justine Shotton and James Russell.

“I have undertaken many clinical roles during my career and that journey has given me first-hand experience of the challenges faced by many veterinary surgeons.

“It goes without saying that the veterinary profession will continue to face challenges post-Brexit and Covid, and those challenges may be very different across our diverse profession. However, having worked with BVA for the last few years, I am confident the depth of knowledge and expertise within our divisions, branches and the BVA team will be key to our vital representation and support for all members.

“One of my main passions and interests is people—how we communicate with them, influence behaviour and collaborate together.

“People are central to veterinary work, whether those people are our clients, the animal owning public or the teams that we work with. I look forward to the next three years representing BVA and championing the people of this profession.”

When he is not in clinical practice, Malcolm chairs BVA’s Member Benefits Committee and is a member of the BVA Policy Committee. He is also an honorary life member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians.