Fish vet appointed to chair animal charity
THE Scottish SPCA has elected Ronnie Soutar as its new chairman, the first fish vet to hold the post.
Soutar, head of Veterinary Services at Scottish Sea Farms, is one of the country’s most respected fish veterinarians, working with salmon farmers at home and abroad to advance health and welfare.
His career has included two terms as president of the Fish Veterinary Society and he has had a key advisory role in the recently announced Farmed Fish Health Framework.
With a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Soutar worked at a variety of veterinary practices before studying for an MSc in Aquatic Veterinary Studies at Stirling’s world renowned Institute of Aquaculture.
Commenting on his new appointment, Soutar said:‘To be elected chairperson of the Scottish SPCA is a huge honour. The charity provides a lifeline service to vulnerable animals the length and breadth of Scotland.’
Right: Ronnie Soutar