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Minutes of a meeting of Council held on Tuesday 29th March 2005 at BVA Headquarters, 7 Mansfield Street, London, W1G 9NQ.

Present:  the President Mr. B. Hoskin, Prof. J. Bleby, Mr. C. Boyde, Mr. H. Hellig, Mr. C. R. Herbert, Dr. M. Kerr, Prof. A. R. Michell, Mr. J. Oliver, Dr. A. Porter, Mr. H. Robinson.

Apologies for Absence:  Mr. L. Gibson, Mr. A. Muckle, Mr. R. Ewbank, Mr. K. Meldrum, Mr. M. Nelson.

Minutes of the previous meeting on 6th December 2004 had been circulated and were approved.

Matters arising from the minutes not covered elsewhere:  Prof. Bleby reported that he had received a copy of the audited accounts of the AWF.

Correspondence:  The usual emails regarding consultation documents and news digests, passed on to Council members and interested Fellows.  A menu selection for the dinner at the House of Lords. A letter from Mr. Tim Sainting of BVA enclosing two sets of address labels - one of all BVA members in Surrey and Sussex, including existing Fellows of the CVS, and a list of students.  Concern was expressed that what had been requested was a list of new members, and that a lengthy list of longstanding members did not fulfil this requirement.

President's report:  no separate report.

Secretary's report:  Dr. Kerr expressed some concern that bookings for the Centenary Prize lecture at Egham the following week were rather low, and requested that Fellows should scare up some attendees.

Treasurer's report:  Mr. Herbert reported that the BVA had attempted to charge the CVS for a dinner in December, when we had merely had a cup of coffee and repaired to a restaurant after the Council meeting.  They had now withdrawn this invoice!  The reserve account stood at £5069.22, the McCunn current account at £560.43, the McCunn reserve account at £1608.68, the Centenary Prize current account at zero, and the Centenary Prize reserve account at £1201.02.

BVA Representative's report:  Prof. Bleby submitted a written report on the BVA Council meeting on 8th December 2004, which had been circulated in advance.  He noted that both the CVS nominees had been approved for the relevant positions.

BVA Council Agenda:

AWF Representative's report:  taken as read.

Membership:  Dr. Kerr reported that Mr. Peter Koder had resigned, following his retirement from Imperial College and the veterinary profession.  Mr. James Barnett also resigned, having recently moved to work in Devon.

Any other business:  Suggestions and nominations for post of Junior Vice-president 2005-06 were invited.  Prof. Bleby suggested Dr. Porter, and intimated that this appointment would be within the constitution.  However, Dr. Porter declined to accept the nomination.  Prof. Michell indicated his intention to stand down from Council at the end of the current year, and the Hon. Secretary reported that Mr. Muckle had indicated a similar intention.  It was noted that a call for nominations for all Council posts for 2005-06 should accompany the next general mailing.

Arrangements were discussed for the April meeting at Royal Holloway, with Dr. Kathy Clarke receiving the Centenary Prize and the President of the RCVS Students Union attending as guest to receive the McCunn Prize.  Arrangements were also discussed for the May meeting at the House of Lords, which was subsequently cancelled due to a clash with the State Opening of Parliament.

Date, time and place of next meeting:  subsequently arranged for Tuesday 31st May 2005, at 5pm, at the Athenĉum Club, 107 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ER, before the AGM.

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