I’ve taken over the VCF Scotland email account from Fiona Bannerman who has so faithfully been leading us all for so long. Thank you so much for all you’ve done Fiona!
My name is Jennifer and I’m currently ‘non-practising’ but doing a PhD in Glasgow instead, which I love! I am really looking forward to helping folk co-ordinate VCF related events all over Scotland and would value any ideas you have.
If you would be willing, I would also really like to make a map here of where we are all based and our jobs +/- hobbies/families, partly to remember to pray more, partly to help stimulate ideas for meet-ups. For example, are you in the north of Scotland and like surfing or in the South and like walking, or eating cake? Are you a large animal vet or a researcher or a nurse? Email me back any details you want!
Also, if anyone would be interested in outreach - for example we’ve had VCF presence at various congresses over the last year, sometimes just meet-ups for meals or prayer, sometimes with banners and stalls. Students are always glad to hear of vets willing to give talks too!
Currently I know of an ‘Edinburgh’ group, which Stephen Anderson has started, primarily involving so far those in the Dick Vet VCF and those vets who are based in jobs in and around the university, but if you’re in the Edinburgh/Lothian/Borders region and would like to be involved let me know and I’ll send your details on.
I was at BCVA Congress a couple of years ago and, over the gala dinner, I had a chat with Andrew Cobner - then incoming BCVA president - about my involvement with Send a Cow as an ambassador, a member of the UK Board and as a veterinary advisor.
I remember him recalling the connection with Andrew Madel and it sparked a memory I had of him talking passionately about the work of Send a Cow at an Association of Veterinary Students (AVS) Congress at the RVC in 1998. He was such an amazing man… with an amazing ‘virtual’ Send a Cow herd.
But I’ll never forget picking up the call from Andrew Cobner a couple of months later when he told me that he’d set a fundraising target of £50,000 for Send Cow in the 50th year of BCVA. Robert Huey, CVO Northern Ireland, had joined me on the ‘Live Below the Line’ challenge a few years ago and it was on the back of that that he contacted me and said that we should do something to support Andrew’s BCVA £50k for 50yrs appeal.