Christine Middlemiss has been appointed as the UK’s next Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).

She will take over from Nigel Gibbens, who is stepping down at the end of February 2018 following 10 years in the post.

Dr Middlemiss has been working as CVO in Australia for the past 16 months. 

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Responding to the news, British Veterinary Association president John Fishwick congratulated Dr Middlemiss on her appointment and return to the UK.

He said: “As Christine notes, she will take up her role amidst EU Exit negotiations, when the vital role veterinary surgeons play in so many areas of political and public life must be championed and considered more than ever.

“The work of all vets in government is indispensable in protecting and promoting animal health and welfare and public health, and current UK CVO Nigel Gibbens CBE has been crucial in steering this with calm direction and sage insight from the heart of government.”

He added: “We hope to continue our effective working relationship with the new UK CVO, and really look forward to the opportunity to work with Christine moving forwards.”