John Blackwell MRCVS
John was born and brought up in Wrexham, North Wales. The defining moment leading to his ambition to join the veterinary profession, was when the family moved into the countryside where casual work was easily available on the local farms.
Working with dairy cattle, milking around 80 cows a day developed a long interest in working with farm animals and cattle in particular.
Following graduation from Liverpool University in 1985 he spent the first 2 years in a busy mixed practice in Penwortham in Lancashire gaining a wide range of experience across the spectrum of animals. Following this he moved closer to home joining the Brownlow Veterinary Group based at the Ellesmere surgery.
John was President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), a specialist division of the BVA, in 2008/2009 having served as a BCVA council member for 12 years. During that time John also chaired the BCVA medicines committee. This interest in medicines prescribing and dispensing led to him becoming the BVA nominated director on the Animal Medicines Training and Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) from 2008 to today.
During his time at BCVA council John chaired the working group producing the “Guidance notes for Veterinary Surgeons on the Emergency Slaughter of Cattle” in collaboration with the Food Standards Agency and the Meat Hygiene Service. For the last few years he has also been an external lecturer on emergency slaughter of cattle for the veterinary public health module at Nottingham Veterinary School.
He is keen to promote the wider understanding of the veterinary profession’s role within animal rescue, often during incidents involving road traffic incidents where a coordinated approach is required with all facets of the emergency services but in particular the Fire and Rescue Services. As such he is a member of the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association. sitting on the newly formed education committee.
John has been married to Julie for 10 years, they have 4 children, In their spare time the family likes to relax in their caravan.
John became President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) in September 2014.
David Martin MRCVS
Dave graduated from Liverpool University in 1997 and became a member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons the same year.
He joined the Brownlow Veterinary group in 2004 and now has a heavy workload as an Expert Witness and duties on the large animal side of the group.
Dave is also a designated Member of the British Veterinary Association – Ethics and Welfare Group.
He became a registered Forensic Practitioner with the CRFP in 2005 and was appointed as Speciality Assessor for the CRFP in 2008.
Elaine Russell MRCVS
Gemma Robinson MRCVS