Interview the Team – Parliamentary Veterinary Internship – The Veterinary Policy Research Foundation

This internship offers insight into veterinary policy and the parliamentary process, and is a chance to develop new skills during a unique career development opportunity!

Posted: 20/04/2023


Global, Zoom, Online


27th April 1pm BST


Professor The Lord Trees
Dr Harriet Davenport

Are you interested in policy making and the varied roles veterinarians contribute to society?

Come and watch back this Interview the Team session where we learn all about the Parliamentary Veterinary Internship and what it’s like to really influence wider society with regards to animal health and welfare.

This is a fantastic stepping stone role alongside one of the ultimate stay/go/diversify vets in the UK Lord Sandy Trees. The internship offers the chance to work at the House of Lords alongside the sole veterinarian in the House of Lords, Professor the Lord Trees (who is incredibly supportive). It offers a personal insight into veterinary policy and the parliamentary process; a chance for those interested in policy making and the roles of veterinarians in society to develop new skills and provides a unique career development opportunity.
Some amazing people in this community have done this role which have led to awesome squiggly careers!

Replay the interview with Professor The Lord Trees and current intern Dr Harriet Davenport (as well as their current funded EMS student Luke!)

About the team:

Professor The Lord Trees: Graduated in 1969 from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. Following a research expedition to Kenya and a year in mixed general practice, Lord Trees completed a PhD on bovine babesiosis, and then worked at Elanco (Rome) as veterinary advisor for their Middle-East/North African operations.

In 1980 he was appointed Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Liverpool, based in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Appointed Professor of Veterinary Parasitology in 1994, he went on to become the Dean of Liverpool’s Faculty of Veterinary Science from 2001 until 2008.

Funded by over £15m of external grants, Lord Trees’ research has produced over 160 scientific papers and numerous presentations at regional, national and international conferences.

Lord Trees also maintains an active interest in veterinary education and was President of the Association of Veterinary Teachers and Research Workers from 1996-97. He was a Council member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a founding Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College, is an Executive Board member of the World Association for Veterinary Parasitology. A council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons since 2000, he was President of the RCVS in 2009-10.

Retiring from the University of Liverpool in 2011, he is currently Veterinary Editor in Chief of the Veterinary Record and In Practice and Chairman of the Board of the Moredun Research Institute. In March 2016 Trees was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the RSE\’s highest class of Fellowship.

In 2012 Lord Trees was appointed a Life Peer (through House of Lords Appointment Commission route) to sit on the Crossbenches and whilst primarily involved in policy related to the wide remit of the veterinary profession, he also takes an interest in a range of other issues. He was a member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee from 2015-2017, and of its Sub-committee on Energy and Environment (which includes agriculture) from 2014-2017. In this committee role he contributed to some 19 Select Committee reports including 16 on Brexit.

Dr Harriet Davenport:

Harriet graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Veterinary Science in 2020, having intercalated at Imperial College in 2018 with a BSc in Immunity and Infection. Whilst a student, Harriet was awarded various research projects, as well as winning the Kennel Club Undergraduate Student Inspiration award, and a BBSRC STARs Studentship. Before her role at the VPRF, Harriet worked at a strategic market research consultancy firm, specialising in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Alongside her internship, Harriet volunteers as a Small Animal Veterinary at the Blue Cross in Hammersmith.

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