Marwell’s Veterinary Services Manager Dr Justine Shotton has been named Junior Vice President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
Justine will take on the role for 2020/21 alongside her role managing our veterinary team at the zoo.
She said: “I feel very lucky to be fulfilling my lifetime ambition of working as a vet and feel especially privileged to be working at Marwell, a conservation-focused zoo, improving the health and welfare of a range of species.
“The veterinary profession is facing diverse and uncharted challenges. I am excited to be taking up the role of BVA Junior Vice President, where I hope to be able to use my experience to support all members of the profession through these unprecedented times and to ensure our profession continues to thrive.
“I look forward to working with veterinary and veterinary nursing students, supporting their navigation through the Covid-19 changes to their education as well as working with veterinary teams to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. I am also a passionate advocate for animal welfare across species and for supporting veterinary teams in helping their clients improve animal welfare.”
Justine has worked at Marwell since 2015. As Veterinary Services Manager, she leads our team of vets and animal scientists to help ensure a high standard of welfare for animals in the zoo.
In addition to her clinical work, Justine lectures on exotics and zoo animal medicine at the University of Surrey andhelms the veterinary zoological elective for the university’s final-year veterinary students. She has been a member of BVA’s CPD committee since 2016 and was appointed as a Trustee of BVA’s charity, the Animal Welfare Foundation, last year.