The following are the current 2021 BDVA committee members:
President: Aiden Foster DipACVD, PhD, MRCVS
Aiden Foster qualified from Bristol and worked in general practice for several years before completing a PhD and undertook a residency in veterinary dermatology in the USA. He spent 10 years with APHA and developed an interest in exotic farmed species including camelids and deer. He is currently a senior lecturer at Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol, covering deer, dermatology, farm animal pathology and parasitology. He has a particular interest in publishing and is editor of Vet Record Open and is a member of the In Practice editorial board.
Junior Vice President: John Fletcher BVMS PhD HonFRCVS
John Fletcher is a leading specialist in the management of deer, as well as the diagnosis, treatment and control of deer diseases. He has played a crucial role in the development of deer farming in the United Kingdom and Europe, liaising with the British Government. He has contributed papers to a wide variety of learned and popular journals and is frequently called upon to act as an expert witness in litigation. He has written several highly acclaimed books about his own life and about deer and their role in human history and also participated in over one hundred radio and television broadcasts.
Treasurer: Gareth Boyes BVMS DBR MRCVS
A partner at Ark Veterinary Centre, his specialisms are in farm animal medicine and surgery in particular bovine reproduction and all aspects of deer work. Gareth obtained his Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 2009. He enjoys his deer farm, country pursuits and spending time with his family.
Secretary: Kit Heawood BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS
Kit Heawood is a large animal veterinarian currently practicing in Gloucestershire. Kit has a particular interest in deer, camelids, large exotics and wildlife species. Since graduating from Nottingham, he has worked in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Morocco and Mongolia with a wide variety of game and wildlife species, however deer is his primary focus.
Committee Member: Peter Green BVSc, Cert EO, MRCVS
Peter Green has maintained an interest in deer throughout his professional life. After 25 years in predominantly equine veterinary practice, he established a full-time veterinary consultancy in deer health, welfare and management in 2007. The majority of his clients are deer parks or farms. He also provides consultancy services in respect of deer and other wildlife to Government agencies. He is the honorary veterinary surgeon for the British Deer Society and veterinary surgeon to the deer of the Royal Parks of London and the deer parks of the National Trust. He lives on the edge of Exmoor.
Committee Member: Sam Ecroyd BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS
Sam qualified from Nottingham in 2014 and has worked as a farm animal vet in the South West ever since. He works in all areas of farm practice but mostly splits his time between deer and advanced cattle breeding, working with bovine embryos on farm and in the practice’s IVF lab. Sam especially enjoys working with farmed deer and spent 8 months working on a large deer farm and stud in New Zealand in 2019/2020.