Rebeca Garcia





Rebeca qualified as a vet at the University of Zaragoza and completed a PhD at the University of Reading. She has worked in private practice as a small animal and equine vet as well as an Official Veterinarian and Veterinary Adviser on a number of subject matters for the FSA, Defra and APHA. Rebeca has also volunteered with exotic animals in a number of different countries. Rebeca has participated as an animal welfare specialist in several training events, workshops and conferences across the world. She currently works as Government Veterinary Adviser on animal welfare, is the Animal Welfare Representative for the Association of Government Vets and an active member of the European College on animal welfare and behavioural medicine specialised in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. Rebeca is also a passionate advocate of ‘One Welfare’ and founder of an initiative to help define and disseminate this concept globally (

Junior Vice President and Secretary




Liz Kelly





Liz graduated from the University of Glasgow with both a veterinary degree and a PhD. She then spent several years working at a variety of jobs available to vets including mixed practice (both small animal and cattle specialist), as a veterinary investigation officer for the West of Scotland Agricultural College and as a veterinary officer for a research and development dairy farm in Dumfries. She then moved down to England to work firstly in product development, followed by technical adviser, for a pharmaceutical company. A twelve year maternity break followed which included studying at the Open University (Diploma in French) and working on the farm at home. Liz returned to her veterinary career with a short stint as a casual veterinary officer for the SVS in Reigate (brucella and TB testing) and then joined Defra in London to work as a veterinary adviser in the surveillance team. She remained with Defra for 13 years, her longest spell anywhere, working in animal welfare, research and development and latterly as policy lead in zoonoses. She has now returned to the farm and works as an independent veterinary adviser to World Horse Welfare, is Junior Vice President of the Veterinary Research Club, council member and secretary for AGV and a trustee for a local charity.


Senior Vice President




Kate Sharpe

(Home Office)




Kate graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London and spent nine years in a very mixed practice in Lincolnshire and Cumbria. She moved to the then State Veterinary Service as a Veterinary Officer and obtained an MSc (Veterinary Epidemiology) at the RVC/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. At AHVLA (now APHA) she has worked as a Field Veterinary Adviser then Divisional Veterinary Manager. She was Head of Research and Field Epidemiology through 11 notifiable disease outbreaks from FMD 2001 to 2013. Her last role at the agency was Head of AHVLA Scanning Surveillance. Kate is now an Inspector under the Animals (Science Procedures) Act at the Home Office. She is a Council member and Past President of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire BVA and Council member and currently President AGV and our BVA Policy Committee member

Treasurer and Membership Secretary




Anthony Ridge




Anthony graduated in 2013 from the University of Cambridge with degrees in Veterinary Medicine and Zoology. He worked for 8 months at the RSPCA’s flagship Birmingham Animal Hospital providing veterinary care for stray animals, pets and wildlife before spending a year working as a veterinary surgeon at a large private small animal practice in Birmingham. He subsequently spent two years as the Parliamentary Veterinary Intern in the House of Lords working closely with Lord Trees (a vet and crossbench peer) to help provide a strong veterinary voice in Parliament. In 2017 he joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as a Senior Veterinary Inspector. He is a council member of the British Veterinary Association (Regional Representative for London) as well as a Council member of the Association of Government Veterinarians and Central Veterinary Society. Anthony is interested in policy and in promoting the roles of veterinarians in society particularly in relation to animal welfare, environmental sustainability and One Health.

Council members




Amanda Carson





Jane Clark




Jane is a Past President of AGV, and currently a member of BVA’s Welsh Branch Council and AGV’s representative to, and President of, EASVO (European Association of State Veterinary Officers). This means that she is a member of the UK’s European Coordination Group led by the RCVS and BVA and attends EASVO and FVE (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe) General Assemblies on behalf of AGV, and FVE Board meetings in her role as EASVO President.


Jane is currently the Food Standard Agency’s Director of Veterinary Services and is a farmer’s daughter from Yorkshire who graduated as a vet from Edinburgh University in the 90s. Since then she has had an interesting and varied veterinary career starting with a post graduate project in Oman, working in general practice in the UK, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and studying veterinary acupuncture before working as a Temporary Veterinary Inspector for the then State Veterinary Service (SVS) during the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak.


Within Defra and APHA she held roles in the operations, policy, veterinary and science directorates. This has included working as Defra’s Head of EU Relations for Animal Health and Welfare during 2012-15, as the Veterinary Lead for Avian Virology in the UK’s National Reference Laboratory at APHA, Weybridge and, most recently, one of APHA’s Veterinary Leads in Wales.




Adrienne Conroy




Adrienne graduated from UCD and has gained broad ranging experience from across the Profession having worked in private practice, large charity organisations, the food and pharma industry and a number of Government organisations including Local Authorities, Defra and the Food Standards Agency (FSA). At the FSA she was involved in formulating policies and strategies to address public health controls. These included crises resulting from foodborne illness such as E.coli, BSE and nvCJD and required her to represent government at EU negotiations throughout the BSE crises. She has also been a member of the Editorial Panel for the Government Veterinary Journal, Chair of the GVS Communications & Networking Group and past president of AGV. Adrienne has been actively involved in initiatives for various Professional organisations including BVA, RCVS and VPHA and for both farm and companion animal veterinary associations. Currently she is Head of Policy for a membership organisation and continues to contribute to AGV activities whilst undertaking the role of BVA Council Representative for the Association. 




Joana Crisotomo




Joana graduated in 2008 from Porto University in Portugal. She worked in small animal practice and veterinary sales before she moved permanently to the UK in 2012. She worked initially as a meat inspector and later joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). She currently works as an APHA field vet in Devon. As a student she took active part in her local and national veterinary students associations in Portugal and she is very happy to be able to contribute again to the veterinary profession through her representation at the AGV council.




Jane Gibbens




Jane qualified from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and spent two years in mixed practice in Britain. She gained an MSc in Tropical Veterinary Science in 1984, and then worked in British Aid projects in Belize and Yemen. She joined the GB Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1991, as a Veterinary Investigation Officer and diagnostic pathologist.  In 1996 Jane gained an MSc in Epidemiology (with distinction) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She continued to work in MAFF (later Defra), first in VLA Weybridge on epidemiological studies on non-statutory zoonoses including an intervention trial on Campylobacter in broiler chickens and developing an epidemiological approach to scanning surveillance. She later moved to Tolworth and then central London to work as a veterinary adviser on surveillance and exotic disease policy and control. She was a member, and later leader, of the national epidemiology teams created for the control of Classical Swine Fever in 2000, Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001 and 2007, bluetongue in 2007, and several outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Newcastle Disease, and Equine Infectious Anaemia. She became Head of the Epidemiology and Risk team in 2008, developed and chaired the Veterinary Risk Group and established a sustainable structure for the National Epidemiology Emergency Group (NEEG) to provide rapid response to exotic disease outbreaks. Over the last two years of her time in APHA she created and lead the bovine TB Epidemiology Assessment Centre, a multidisciplinary team focused on developing and sharing a better understanding of bTB’s determinants and distribution, and the efficacy of controls. From 1999 to 2017 Jane was a lecturer, course organiser and examiner on the Veterinary Epidemiology MSc run by the RVC in collaboration with LSHTM. Jane left APHA/Defra at the end of 2017 and now provides veterinary epidemiology consultancy including teaching on the veterinary undergraduate course at the University of Guildford.




Katherine Grace




Katherine graduated from the RVC in 2008 then worked in practice in Queensland, Australia for 2 years. She did another two years in practice in the UK before completing a masters in Veterinary Epidemiology at RVC/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Following the masters she joined the VMD, initially in the Pharmacovigilance team and then the AMR team where she managed the surveillance, R&D and evidence needs. In January 2017 she joined APHA as a veterinary adviser in exotics and notifiable disease and she is now also advising for Epidemiology and Risk. She also works as a small animal veterinarian.




Mick Park




Mick graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1988 and spent a year in farm animal practice before returning to Glasgow as a pathology resident and then took on a research fellowship on genetic resistance of sheep to gastro-intestinal parasites leading to a PhD.  Mick then left Glasgow for seven years of mostly farm animal practice in Aberdeenshire and then Lanarkshire.  Both the practices had MHS contracts and he contributed to the Official Veterinarian work.

 Mick joined the State Veterinary Service in 2003, and has had a number of roles including Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Business Partner for Scotland, Veterinary Head of Exotic Disease and Welfare, and now Veterinary Lead for Scotland, covering South East Scotland.  Key achievements have been working on exotic disease outbreaks including leading the tracing team in the response to FMD in 2007 and various roles in avian influenza outbreaks from field inspector to LDCC Veterinary Manager, delivering risk-based TB surveillance changes in Scotland and rolling out changes on welfare at time of killing in Scotland and England.  Mick is now committed to developing the veterinary and technical teams in APHA and improving animal health and welfare through his role in APHA, delivering an effective multi-agency approach and actively engaging with stakeholders and industry.




Lindsay Rochford




Lindsay qualified from the Royal Dick Vet in 2009.  After a spell in rural mixed practice in Scotland she joined the Animal Health pharmaceutical company Elanco where she worked as the sole Technical Consultant for the UK ruminant team for 3 years.  In this post she was responsible for the cattle and sheep product range from a veterinary perspective and played a critical role in bringing new pharmaceutical products to market in the UK and Europe.  Lindsay’s interest in psoroptes ovis and also psorptes bovis stemmed from her work with the macrocyclc lactone endectocide Doramectin at Elanco and a project involving Carmarthan AHVLA.  After spells working as a consultant for other pharmaceutical companies Lindsay joined AHVLA in 2014 in Perth as a Senior Veterinary Inspector and took on the role of coordinator vet for Sheep Scab.  Lindsay currently holds a temporary position as a Veterinary Advisor – Field Delivery (VA-FDt) for Inverness and continues as coordinator/lead for Sheep Scab, alongside her work as VA-FD with responsibilities.  She has been an active member of the welfare BCF, with work on fish welfare and gamebirds.  Lindsay was identified as an epi field vet in 2016.  Lindsay brings to APHA a deep passion for veterinary public health and animal welfare alongside a similar passion to implement innovation from her experiences of the private sector.

Past Presidents

Year President



Year President
1979-80 Trevor J Blackburn   2000-03 John A MacKenzie

Bernard  M Williams

  2003-04 Alan B MacPhee
1981-82 David J Lucas   2004-05 Mike (JMW) Jones
1982-83 Frank H Whaley   2005-06 Sarah Jackson
1983-84 Alex Dudgeon   2006-07 Sophia Rizvi
1984-85 David (RD) Locke   2007-08 Neil Smith
1985-86 Janet Bach   2008-09 Jane Clark
1986-87 Mick (MET) Watts   2009-10 Adrienne Conroy
1987-88 Mike H Lamont   2010-11 Cath M McVicar
1988-89 Robin A Bell   2011-15 Linda Smith
1989-90 Mike Kelsey   2015-17 Kate Sharpe
1990-91 Richard D Drummond      
1991-92 Alan (FA) Eames      
1992-93 Tony (JA) Keele      
1993-94 John M Williams      
1994-95 Paul A Manser      
1995-96 Mike J Prince      
1996-97 Robert A Paul      
1997-98 Theresa Phillips      
1998-99 Cath M McVicar      
1999-00 Nick M James