Collin Willson

President and BVA Wales Representative

Collin qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1973.  On qualification Collin entered a rural mixed practice in Abergavenny S. Wales. At that time the practice was mainly large animal with some horse work and a little small animal.  Over the subsequent years Collin became a partner in the practice and married a local girl, they have 3 grown up children, none are Vets. In the late 1970’s the practice took on supervisory meat export work within the local area. This part of the practice saw considerable growth over the subsequent years to become a significant part of the practice business.  In 1995 the practice tendered under the newly formed MHS and was allocated more work than originally anticipated. Over the next few years there was a consolidation of the meat hygiene work that the practice carried out culminating in the contract to supervise the then newly built St Merryn plant at Merthyr Tydfil.  The MHS employed OV project saw a loss of the prime areas of meat hygiene work from the practice and Collin, although able to maintain some meat hygiene work, realised that with the changes in tendering for contracts the practice could not continue to provide OV services within the small structure the practice had.  Looking for a change of direction Collin left the partnership and Practice in 2003, initially doing self employed TB testing work and then moving to work for the SVS (now AHPA) in Llandrindod Wells in a temporary post. In 2005 Collin applied for and was successful in obtaining a role as Regional Veterinary Advisor for the MHS in S. Wales.  Subsequently in 2008 Collin moved on secondment to FSA Wales as the Veterinary Meat Hygiene Advisor for Wales and then successfully applied for a role as Business Manager in S. Wales and Borders. In early 2012 Collin took on the role of lead for the implementation of the new Welfare Regulations in the approvals and advice team, a role that has been very demanding with the changes these regulations bring.  In January 2013 Collin was appointed as Veterinary Manager for Wales and borders within the Approvals and Veterinary Advice team and subsequently became the Veterinary Field Lead for Wales. Collin has been a member of the VPHA Council since 2001. Collin is an advisor to the Farm Animal Welfare committee Welfare at Killing committee.

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