Fish vet ap­pointed to chair an­i­mal char­ity

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

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

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