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Programme of Meetings, 2006-2007

Unless otherwise arranged, meetings are preceded by dinner, at 7.00 pm for 7.30.  Following dinner (approximately 9.00 pm) there is a short General Meeting of the Society, after which comes the invited speaker for the evening.  The cost to those taking dinner is £30 per person, again unless otherwise notified.  There is no charge to attend the meeting and address only.

Fellows will receive a Notice of Meeting and Agenda in the post and should reply to this in the usual way.  Cheques should be made payable to "Central Veterinary Society".  Non-Fellows who may wish to attend a particular meeting (other than as a guest of a Fellow) should contact the Hon. Secretary.

Most meetings are at moderately smart venues where gentlemen are expected at least to wear a tie and not to wear jeans.  Ladies - well, avoid the jeans, anyway.  Menus are table d'hôte, and Fellows should advise the Hon. Secretary in advance if a vegetarian meal is required, or of any other major dietary restrictions.

Tuesday 17th October 2006 - NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

The Farmers' Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EL.

The location is as indicated on the map below, within easy reach of Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster Underground stations.

Speaker:  Mr. Brian Cass, FCMA, CBE, of Huntingdon Life Sciences.

Address:  "Remember to Smell the Flowers" - the trials and tribulations of running a business in the face of terrorism.

Presentation of the CVS Victory Medal to Mr. Cass, and a second medal to Mr. Christopher Hall, MBE and Mr. John Hall, of Darley Oaks Farm.

Mr. Brian Cass is an accountant by profession, who has worked for the last 27 years in the non-clinical CRO business.  His first exposure to this industry was for two years in the early 70s, at Huntingdon, where he is now Managing Director.

Prior to re-joining Huntingdon in September 1998 he was a Vice President of Covance Inc. and Managing Director Covance Laboratories Ltd. (previously Hazleton Europe Ltd) for nearly 12 years, having joined the company in 1979 as Finance Director.  He is therefore no stranger to the activities of the Animal Rights Movement at both a business and personal level, and would claim some success in tackling them.

He has previous experience with other companies in the electronics and heavy plant industries.  He has also held directorships with North Yorkshire Training and Enterprise Council Ltd. and Business Link North Yorkshire Ltd., community-based organisations committed to developing local businesses and encouraging the training and development of their staff.  He is a member of the ABPI R&D Committee.

In 2002 he was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his service to medical research.

Messrs. Christopher and John Hall were owners and managers of a farm that bred laboratory animals.  They were the targets of a particularly sordid attack by animal rights extremists when the body of Christopher's mother-in-law, Mrs. Gladys Hammond, was stolen from the churchyard where she had been buried in 1997.  Mrs. Hammond's remains were discovered in May of this year, and she was reburied in the churchyard.

Tuesday 28th November 2006

The Farmers' Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London, SW1A 2EL.

Speaker:  Professor Peter Lees, CBE, BPharm, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol, Dr(hc), HonAssRCVS, HonDipECVPT, of the Royal Veterinary College.

Centenary Prize Address:  "300 years of NSAIDs and still going strong"

Presentation of the Centenary Prize Certificate to Professor Lees.

Professor Peter Lees is a pharmacologist with interests and expertise in basic and veterinary aspects of the discipline.  His expertise was utilised for a period of 20 years as a member of the United Kingdom’s Veterinary Products Committee.  His research interests are in the field of inflammation, anti-inflammatory drugs, cartilage biology and antimicrobial chemotherapy.

His work on inflammatory mediators has focussed particularly on the eicosanoid group of compounds.  The anti-inflammatory drugs in which he has had a particular interest over 20 years of investigation are the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory group.  He has researched the toxicology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of these compounds in a wide range of domesticated animal species.  His recent work on NSAIDs has involved pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modelling of data to generate key pharmacodynamic parameters in vivo.  These methods have been used to enable determination of COX1:COX2 inhibition ratios for a range of existing and novel drugs.  He has also been involved in research on the mediators and mechanisms of equine degenerative joint disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He began his teaching career in 1964 as an Assistant Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, and remained at the RVC until his retirement in 2005.  He was appointed Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology in 1988, Head of Department of Veterinary Basic Sciences in 1991, and served as Deputy Principal of the College from 1997 to 2001.

Tuesday 23rd January 2007

The Farmers' Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London, SW1A 2EL.

Speaker:  Professor John Oxford, PhD, of St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospital.

Address:  "Is bird flu (H5N1) a red herring or do we have a warning from bird flu (H1N1) of 1918?"

Professor John Oxford is a world-renowned influenza virologist.  He is Professor of Virology at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospital, and Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry.  He is Scientific Director of Retroscreen Ltd., which he established in 1989.  This has grown into Europe's leading contract virology research company.  He regards one of his most interesting and useful activities to be his participation in the EC-funded European surveillance network for vigilance against viral resistance (VIRGIL).

Wednesday 14th March 2007

The Crown Hotel, 7 London Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8AP.
A map of the venue is available on an external link only.

Speaker:  Dr. Lewis Thomas, MA, VetMB, PhD, FRCPath, MRCVS, Secretary of the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management.

Address:  "The need for wildlife management and the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management"

Thursday 10th May 2006 (Annual General Meeting)

The Athenaeum Club, 107 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ER.  (Entrance in Waterloo Place.)

The AGM will be at 6 pm, followed by dinner at 7 for 7.30, and the General meeting and address will follow at around 9 pm.

Speaker:  Professor Quintin McKellar, BVMS, PhD, FRagS, CBiol, FIBiol, DipECVPT, FRSE, MRCVS, Principal of the Royal Veterinary College.

Address:  "The Future of the Veterinary Profession"

Professor Quintin McKellar graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1981.  He went on to gain his PhD in 1984 and was appointed to a lectureship at the Veterinary School in the same year. He became Head of the Veterinary Pharmacology Department in 1990, and was also appointed to the Veterinary Products Committee in 1993.

He was awarded a personal professorship by Glasgow Veterinary School in 1996 and in August 1997 Professor McKellar took up the post of Scientific Director of Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation.  In 2004 Professor McKellar was appointed Principal of the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London.  His research interests are in the pharmacology of anti-infective and anti-inflammatory drugs in domestic animals.

Athenaeum meeting

Miss Jane Hern MA, RCVS Registrar, adresses fellows of the Central Veterinary Society and their guests in the Garden Room of the Athenaeum Club on Tuesday 11th May 2004.

Programmes from previous years

2003-04 | 2004-05 | 2005-06

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