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2011 RCVS Election Statement


Each year that I stood for President of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) I received about 10% of the vote. In 1994 my good friend the late Jon Lumley wrote in support of my candidacy:  

Tom has been a friend for 32 years. He graduated London 1972, worked as a volunteer in Kenya, then returned to study politics at the London School of Economics. He worked briefly in Western Australia in the 1980s and has established four practices in outer Sydney.
In 1989 through lectures and articles he promoted veterinary involvement with environmental issues, which became the theme of the 1991 Darling Harbour Conference. His subsequent interest in diet and disease has given him a high profile and he articulates the thoughts of many on this subject. His important contribution, ‘Cybernetic Hypothesis of Periodontal Disease’ will be published in the American Journal of Veterinary Dentistry 1994.

Tom combines energy and enthusiasm; is clear thinking and dedicated to excellence in the veterinary profession. If elected he will devote himself unreservedly to the promotion of the profession and the welfare of our animal patients.

For AVA and RCVS election campaigns see: For ACVSc award nomination and expanded biography see:
My 1998 RCVS election manifesto posed basic questions:

Does it concern you that modern small animal veterinary science is founded on information derived from artificially fed animals?
Is it of concern that the majority of artificially fed animals suffer from periodontal and other diet induced diseases including an "AIDS-like" condition? []

Does the absence of naturally fed controls, in veterinary practice and clinical research, suggest a drift towards pseudo science?

The human medical and dental professions extol the benefits of a healthy natural diet, but the veterinary profession is influenced at every level by the junk pet-food industry. Does this matter?

Now in 2011 Roger Meacock asks why basic questions remain to be addressed let alone answered:

Can the veterinary profession, regulated by the RCVS, claim to be an authority on animal health whilst failing to acknowledge and investigate concerns first raised in 1991— concerns that are endorsed annually by hundreds of veterinarians voting at RCVS elections?

David Cuffe comments

I have voted for you in every RCVS election for many years. I have bought, read, and loaned out Raw Meaty Bones, and after most of a career automatically warning against feeding bones I eventually saw sense and realised the degree of advertising propaganda which encouraged me to think, incorrectly, that dogs are 'omnivores' and that feeding cereal based commercial food was largely responsible for increased longevity in dogs and cats. So most UK (I am Irish, but London based) vets believe, unthinkingly; as I did. They are genuine in these beliefs if somewhat dense. But that is the effect of merchandising propaganda on a largely unquestioning profession.

The veterinary profession, RCVS and DEFRA have the resources and the legal and moral obligation to investigate the pet food/pet disease connection. Please consider and please show your support.

Thank you.

Tom Lonsdale
PO Box 6096
Windsor Delivery Centre
NSW 2756
Tel: +61 2 4574 0537


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