RCVS Election

Tom Lonsdale is a candidate for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Council elections. Campaign information will be posted at this site closer to the election. For background information please consult Tom Lonsdale's Home Page or the listing on Vet Web and the Raw Meaty Bones Campaign page.

Election manifesto

Published in the veterinary record 8 March 1997 and March issue of RCVS News.

Your vote can add an international dimension to Royal College representation as we prepare for the next century. Issues facing the College frequently have aspects of international importance. Current examples are reciprocal recognition of qualifications, veterinary school standards and quarantine arrangements.

The RCVS has a membership of about 13,900 UK resident members plus about 3,500 members who reside outside the UK. It seems to me that as a group we are well placed and perhaps obligatedto take an active interest in the health and welfare of animals on a global level. At the turn of the century at the height of empire our profession and the RCVS had a global outlook in the fight against epidemic contagious diseases such as Anthrax, Tuberculosis and Pleuro - Pneumonia. Now as we approach the millennium the principle disease of the companion animals under our care is periodontal disease. I believe that our public has a reasonable expectation that we will act with due diligence in seeking solutions.

Animal welfare and food safety are matters of concern to our public and are best dealt with on a cooperative international basis. Assisting in this regard is the explosion in communications technology. This fast moving two way traffic means that issues quickly gain importance and simultaneously require official response.

I am a 1972 London graduate with general practice experience. Currently engaged in companion animal practice in Sydney, Australia with a research interest in periodontal disease. I pledge my commitment and seek your support. Thank you.