The Government has confirmed that Christine Middlemiss will be appointed as the UK chief’s veterinary officer, replacing Nigel Gibbens who has held the role over the last decade. She will start the role on 1 March 2018 and will be instrumental on advising Ministers on animal welfare matters during the process of leaving the European Union.
“I would like to congratulate Christine on her success against a strong field of candidates and I am certain she will be a great addition to the department. Her breadth of experience from work within Government and in the private sector will enable her to provide excellent veterinary leadership to the Defra group to deliver government’s ongoing commitment to maintaining our high animal health and welfare standards and to represent the interests of the whole of the UK internationally”.
Middlemiss said on her new appointment:
“I am delighted to have been appointed and it will be a privilege to lead my veterinary colleagues to support our farming and food industry in this hugely important role.
I am very much looking forward to working again with the team at Defra, its agencies, the devolved administrations and all the individuals and groups which will contribute to meet future challenges across animal health and welfare.
The UK Government has made no secret it wants to cement its place as a world-leader on animal welfare as they leave the European Union, and I’m delighted to have an opportunity to play a part in that”.