Lucy Grieve MA, VetMB, MRCVS, an ambulatory assistant at Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons, Newmarket, has been appointed as President of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) for 2020/21. She has taken over the role from Tim Mair but in the absence of BEVA Congress this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Lucy’s inauguration was virtual; she received the Presidential chains via an online ceremony at at the BEVA AGM on 10 September 2020.
Lucy qualified from Cambridge University in 2007 and went on to become the first diagnostic imaging intern at Rossdales. After completing this, she spent seven years as an in-house vet for Darley's pre-training facility in Newmarket, where she worked on yearlings, horses in training, rehabilitation and the occasional National Hunt horse. She returned to Rossdales in 2015 as an ambulatory assistant. Her main areas of interest are lameness, diagnostic imaging and poor performance.
Lucy has been a member of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Council since 2012, serving as chair of the Ethics and Welfare Committee and sitting on the Equestrian Sports Committee, liaising with regulatory bodies such as the BHA and FEI. She is also co-opted onto the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB)Thoroughbred Research Consultation Group. Lucy is particularly interested in equine obesity and weight management and was instrumental in helping to set up a pilot project earlier this year to help owners positively recognise and address weight problems. Building on this initiative will be central to Lucy’s Presidency. She said:
Obesity is one of the biggest problems facing equine welfare in the UK but a significant proportion of owners still don’t recognise that their horse is overweight, or feel motivated to take action. We have been looking at new ways to engage with horse owners and are currently assessing the results of our pilot project which revolved around careful veterinary interaction with clients on the topic during vaccination visits.