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Dales man Robin Hargreaves is new British Veterinary Association president
8:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
Dales-born Robin Hargreaves has taken over as president of the British Veterinary Association.
Mr Hargreaves, a small animal vet, was installed during the association’s annual members’ day, held at Cardiff City Hall.
Born and raised at Hanlith Hall Farm, Hanlith, he was educated at Kirkby Malham School and Ermysted’s Grammar School and joined the BVA while he was a student at the University of Liverpool Veterinary School.
He qualified in 1985 and joined a two-vet mixed practice in Shropshire before moving to a small animal practice in Leeds and finally settling in Colne where he is a director of Stanley House Vets, a four-centre mixed practice.
In his inaugural speech, Mr Hargreaves said his theme for the year would be trust.
He said: “I hope to bring my experience of developing trust amongst a very diverse clientele in my day job as a practitioner to the relationships we have with colleagues, government, and other stakeholders.
“As a profession we enjoy a tremendous degree of trust from the people we deal with. This is no accident. For generations veterinary surgeons have followed through on their promises and built up a legacy of faith in our profession.”
As a youngster in the Dales, Mr Hargreaves was a member of the Young Farmers and later coached mini and junior rugby at Wharfedale for 14 seasons.
He has been married to Lorna for 25 years and they have two children.
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