Mrs Nicky Paull of Lostwithiel, Cornwall was elected President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) for 2008/2009. The ceremony took place during the Annual General Meeting of the BVA at the close of its Annual Congress, held in London.

1. Nicky Paull qualified from Liverpool in 1979 joining a three vet mixed practice in Lostwithiel, Cornwall with a work load of about 80% farm work, which she purchased in 1988. The practice has now grown to a partnership of three employing eight veterinary associates and 25 support staff. Both branches are Tier 2 and are actively involved in training veterinary nurses. The surgery also offers 24 hour on site nursing and on site accommodation throughout the year for EMS students.

2. Nicky has been President of the Cornwall Veterinary Association and Treasurer and President of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons, representing SPVS on BVA Council for four years. She was a member of the Member Services Group for three years and joined the BVA Veterinary Policy Group in 2005. She joined the RCVS ESSG group to continue helping the development of a structure for PDP representing the "mixed practice" view and recently retired from the role of organiser of the Final Year Students Seminar at Lancaster having run four seminars on behalf of SPVS/BVS/RCVS Trust.

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