National honour for Pendle vet

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A Pendle vet has been elected as president of the British Veterinary Association for 2013/2014.

Robin Hargreaves, a director with Stanley House Vets, was elected into office at the BVA’s annual Members’ Day in Cardiff.

Mr Hargreaves was born and raised on a hill farm in the Yorkshire Dales and attended the local grammar school.

He qualified in 1985 and joined a two-vet mixed practice in Shropshire before moving on to a spell at a small animal practice in Leeds and finally settling in Colne.

He played rugby union for Liverpool University Vet School, Liverpool RUFC and Lancashire B and coached mini and junior rugby at Wharfedale RUFC for 14 years.

He has been married to Lorna for 25 years and says the pair are “occasional late-adoption cyclists”

In his inaugural speech as President, Mr Hargreaves said: “I feel hugely proud and very privileged to stand here at the beginning of my term as president – an office with such a proud tradition.

“I hope to bring my experience of developing trust amongst a very diverse clientele in my day job as a practitioner to the relationships we have with colleagues, government and other stakeholders.”

Stanley House Vets has practices in Colne, Nelson, Barnoldswick and Burnley and has four co-directors and a staff of 50.