Dr Mark Vaudin has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the AHT. He will take the reins from current Chief Executive Officer, Dr Peter Webbon, at the end of September 2013.

Dr Vaudin, who is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Research at the charity, is looking forward to the challenge of leading the organisation into 2014 and beyond.

Dr Vaudin, said: "I have been a part of the AHT team for nine years and am delighted to be taking on the leadership of an organisation that I know makes such a difference to the health and welfare of companion animals. I am, like everyone at the AHT, committed to fighting disease and injury in animals, which as a charity is what we exist to do.  It has been a pleasure working with Peter Webbon and under my leadership, I'm determined that we will continue to make significant scientific and clinical advances that will have a major impact on the lives of all companion animals and their owners."

Dr Peter Webbon, said: "Leading an organisation like the Animal Health Trust, which has such a passionate team of staff and delivers so much for animals across the world, has been both demanding and incredibly satisfying. I am grateful for the commitment, loyalty and hard work of all the staff at the AHT, and extend grateful thanks to all of our supporters who make what we do possible. I wish Mark, and everyone at the AHT, all the best for the future."

The Lord Kirkham CVO, Deputy President of the AHT, said: "Dr Peter Webbon was a fine Ambassador and made a substantial and significant contribution to the Animal Health Trust during his six years as Chief Executive.  Through a challenging global financial environment he helped ensure stability and even growth in a number of key areas.  The Animal Health Trust continued to deliver important breakthroughs for horses, dogs and cats both in the UK and around the world. 

Followed in post by Dr Mark Vaudin who understudied Peter Webbon during his time in office, I look forward to continued growth and success of this world class organisation and working with our new CEO."

Dr Vaudin, added: "Of course, nothing of what the AHT achieves would be possible without the fantastic help of the general public. I hope all our supporters will share in my vision for the AHT and continue to give us their invaluable support in our continued fight against disease and injury."

Dr Mark Vaudin becomes Chief Executive Officer of the AHT on 30 September 2013.

(Source: aht.org.uk)