Collin Willson

Collin Willson

Animal Welfare Rep and Past President

Qualified from RVC in 1973 and joined a mixed practice in Abergavenny S. Wales.

Left the Practice in 2003, doing TB testing work and working for the SVS.

2005 Regional Veterinary Advisor for the MHS in S. Wales.

2008 FSA Wales Veterinary Meat Hygiene Advisor.

2008 FSA Business Manager in S. Wales and Borders.

2012 FSA project lead for implementation of the EU Welfare Regulations working with Defra, Welsh Government Scottish Government and DAERA.

January 2013 FSA Veterinary Manager for Wales and borders.

June 2014 FSA Field Veterinary Lead with responsibility for welfare at slaughter.

2018 FSA animal welfare at slaughter lead.

2019 chaired for BVA Animal Welfare at Slaughter Working Group.

With BVA and AHDB worked with Halal bodies to improve understanding of the requirements for Halal slaughter and stunning methods.

With NFU, AHDB, BVA, VPHA and others a group chaired by Lord Trees who developed the “Demonstration of Life” protocol.

I have been a member of the VPHA Council since 2001.

2022 FSA Vet of the year.

Senior Vice President of BVA Welsh Branch ending in June 2025.

July 2023 RCVS Impact Award for my work with Halal bodies, FSA and BVA.

2024 NYH I was awarded an OBE.