Former E&J boss loses employment tribunal over dismissal

The former managing director of Eville and Jones (E&J) has lost a claim for unfair and wrongful dismissal against the company. Jason Aldiss brought the action after he was dismissed from his role with the Leeds-based firm two years ago, on the grounds of gross misconduct. But the claim was dismissed by an employment tribunal, … Read more

Seize ‘once in generation’ law reform chance, BVA boss tells politicians

The BVA’s president has urged MPs and peers to take “a once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reform the laws that govern the veterinary sector. Malcolm Morley argued that reform now would raise public confidence and might help tackle other current problems in the sector. He also called for cross-party collaboration on long-sought animal welfare legislation and an … Read more

Profession should do more to push not adopt shop position, says charity boss

A senior charity official has urged the sector to do more to encourage would-be owners to adopt, rather than buy, a new pet. The call comes after a new Cats Protection report revealed a surge in the number of animals being bought online, while the proportion of felids being adopted fell sharply. The Cats and … Read more

Vet law change ‘necessary and timely’, RCVS boss warns new PM

The new prime minister Liz Truss has been urged to make the laws governing the veterinary sector fit for the 21st century on her first day in the job. The call came from RCVS president Melissa Donald as senior industry figures set out their priorities following the handover of power. Meanwhile, her BVA counterpart, Justine … Read more

Northern Ireland Protocol plan ‘would prevent catastrophe’, AHDA boss claims

An industry body says Government plans to reform the Northern Ireland Protocol will prevent “catastrophic” disruption to the supply of veterinary medicines. The Animal Health Distributors Association (AHDA) has welcomed the publication of a new bill, which would give the VMD the power to override EU law. Grace period The EU has threatened legal action … Read more

Pets at Home announces new Vets4Pets boss

Pets at Home has announced the appointment of Louise Stonier as chief operating officer (COO) of the group’s veterinary business, Vets4Pets. Ms Stonier succeeds Jane Balmain, who announced her intention in January 2022 to retire from the business having rejoined Vets4Pets out of retirement more than three years ago. Transition Louise Stonier Ms Stonier (pictured) … Read more