Madeleine Forsyth

Honorary Treasurer and Junior Vice President

BVSc, Cert.WEL, MRCVS, Barrister. I have  lived and worked in North Yorkshire all my life starting my veterinary career as a schoolgirl assisting James Herriot, the world's most famous vet. I subsequently worked as a veterinary surgeon in that Thirsk practice gaining experience in all aspects of mixed practice including OV cover at a large poultry plant but also dealing with all species, leaving to found my own mixed rural practice in Helmsley in 1983. I sold the surgery in 2002 only due to injury, but have not completely retired from clinical practice which I still carry out, although to a much lesser extent, and after re-training in law was called to the Bar in 2004. I am a non practising barrister but now act as an Expert Witness , my experience covering an unusual range of comprehensive disciplines. I also hold the Certificate of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in Animal Welfare Science Ethics and Law, a forensic qualification designed to train experienced practitioners to recognise any compromise of animal welfare, make an objective assessment of the significance of that compromise, and describe it in terms acceptable to a Court. Having early career experience of being a very junior OV in a chicken factory I later held contracts to provide OV services at two, three species killing plants from 1995-7 and was also involved in the export of pig meat as well as cover for small abattoirs and cutting plants until 2002. This background led to Expert Witness work in many areas of food hygiene and animal welfare as well as the provision of cpd for veterinary surgeons and lawyers .

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