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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.

Programme of Meetings, 2003-2004

All 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, except for the RCVS Regional Meeting on 30th September at which there will be a free buffet, and the meeting at Chertsey on 22nd January 2004, which is also a buffet, cost to be advised.  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.

Thursday 18th September 2003

Kingswood Blue Room, Royal Holloway College, Egham

Speaker:  Dr. Philip Beesley, BSc, PhD

Subject:  "Of Mice and Men"

Philip is a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at Royal Holloway College.  After a 1st Class degree in Physiology and Biochemistry at Southampton he gained a PhD.  He joined Holloway and in 1992 was made Senior Lecturer.  In 1984-85 he was visiting Professor at the University of Toronto.  With the advent of the 1986 Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act Philip became the Named Animal Care Welfare Officer for the college with overall responsibility for the Animal Unit.  He will be talking about the pressures of being responsible for a University Animal Research Unit.  We are lucky that Philip has agreed to talk to us on what can be a controversial and potentially emotional subject.

Tuesday 30th September 2003
Buffet supper available from 7.00 pm (free!), meeting begins at 8.00 pm.
Contact Danielle van den Berg (0207 202 0766) to book your place.

Belgravia House, London

RCVS Regional Meeting

This meeting is the RCVS regional meeting for London and the South East.  Regional meetings do not come around too often so we hope that Fellows of the Central will attend to promote lively discussion with officers of the RCVS and to enforce our message of a vibrant and active territorial division.  The RCVS is providing a buffet supper at no charge.  There will be no Council or General meetings of the Society on this occasion.

Tuesday 11th November 2003

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. Graham Duncanson, BVSc, MRCVS

Centenary Prize Lecture:  "Adventures of an Equine Dentist Abroad"

Graham is nationally and internationally renowned for his expertise in Equine dentistry.  After qualifying from Bristol in 1966 he spent a period abroad in Africa before returning to engage in mixed practice in Norfolk.  He has published extensively on both equine dentistry and equine practice and is much in demand as a teacher for both veterinary students and equine dentists.  He is also an examiner in equine dentistry.  As senior partner in his practice he has built up a dedicated large animal service from purpose-built buildings, whilst overseeing the expansion of the small animal side of the practice.  Graham's talk will be of interest to all as he has a formidable reputation as a speaker and is in much demand.

Tuesday 2nd December 2003

Kingswood Blue Room, Royal Holloway College, Egham

Royal Holloway College is situated on the south side of the Thames at Runnymede, just outside the M25.  The map below gives directions to the College from junction 13 of the motorway (Staines exit).  Note that the Kingswood Blue Room is located not on the main campus, but in the area marked "Kingswood Hall of Residence".  Fellows arriving at Egham station (also marked on the map) should take a taxi, as the distance from the station is "a couple of miles".

Map of venue

Speaker:  Mr. Andy Muckle, BVSc, MRCVS

President's address:  "The Central, the Willett Family and the Peace Medal"

Presentation of the Victory Medal to Mr. John Oliver, BVetMed, MRCVS

John Oliver qualified from London in 1959.  After a short period in practice in North London he joined the practice of Willett & Boyde in Staines.  Rapidly elevated to partner, John recognised the need for efficient practice management and oversaw the rapid expansion of the practice and its facilities.  John combined his clinical and management skills with an interest in continuing education, developing a close relationship between the practice and the Unit for Continuing Education at the RVC.  He entered the world of Veterinary Politics in the late 1960s, performing several roles within the BSAVA - culminating in his time as Honorary Secretary between 1965-67.  John has remained a stalwart of the Central, for many years the Hon. Sec and Minute Sec.  He was elected President in 1983-84.

Thursday 22nd January 2004

The Crown Hotel, Chertsey, Surrey.
A map of the venue is available on an external link only.

This evening is a departure from the usual CVS formula.  Instead of a sit-down dinner we will be having an informal buffet supper, cost only £10 per person.  Food will be available from 7.00 pm, and the debate will kick off around 8.30.  If you can't make it in time for the meal, feel free to turn up for the debate.  We would particularly like non-members to come along and sample the CVS atmosphere, so if you are interested in attending, please phone or email the Hon. Sec. - full contact details on the home page.

Debate:  "This House believes that Corporate Practice will be the saving of the veterinary profession"

For the motion:  Mr. John Sheridan and Mr. Julian Wells (Veterinary Practice Initiatives)

Against the motion:  Mr. Carl Boyde and Mr. George Tribe

Chairman:  Mr. Stephen Ware (Senior Vice-president, RCVS)

This will be a more informal meeting than usual, with a buffet dinner (cost to be advised).

Tuesday 2nd March 2004

The Farmers' Club, London

Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Gordon Gatward, OBE

Subject:  "The Work of the Arthur Rank Centre"

Tuesday 11th May 2004 (Annual General Meeting)

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

Speaker:  Miss Jane Hern, MA, RCVS Registrar.

Subject:  "Opening the Veterinary Surgeons Act"

Extra Summer Meeting

Tuesday 15th June 2004

BVA Headquarters, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ.

Speaker:  Mr. T. Greet, BVMS, MVM, DipECVS, CertEO, DESTS, FRCVS, President of the BVA.

Subject:  "The Future of the BVA"

The meeting will begin with a buffet dinner, served from 7 pm.  Following dinner Mr. Greet will address the meeting, however the primary aim of the evening is to stimulate as much discussion as possible.  This is a subject of pressing importance to the profession, and we trust all Fellows will make an effort to attend.

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