The following are the current (2023) BDVA committee members:
President: Aiden Foster DipACVD, PhD, MRCVS
Aiden qualified from Bristol and worked in general practice for several years before completing a PhD at the University of Bristol and undertaking 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 has a particular interest in publishing and is editor of Vet Record Open. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol.
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.
Committee Member: Ken Urquhart BVMS MRCVS
Ken has been involved with the management of wild deer since childhood in the Scottish highlands. After qualifying in 1977, his early veterinary career was in equine medicine until he, along with his wife, set up their companion animal practice in Edinburgh in 1982. He has not troubled the academic press with many publications during his career and prefers to talk rather than to type. After retiring in 2015, the Urquharts relocated to Devon where Ken undertakes a range of deer control activities on his own land, private farmland, along with afforested land in the state forestry, commercial forestry and charitable forestry sectors.