Jane Clark talks about how she moved into veterinary politics with a small "p", and why it's important for the voices of vets to be heard at a political level.
Jane is currently the Food Standard Agency’s Director of Veterinary Services and is a farmer’s daughter from Yorkshire who graduated as a vet from Edinburgh University in the 90s.
Since then she has had an interesting and varied veterinary career starting with a post graduate project in Oman, working in general practice in the UK, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and studying veterinary acupuncture before working as a Temporary Veterinary Inspector for the then State Veterinary Service (SVS) during the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak.
Within Defra and APHA she held roles in the operations, policy, veterinary and science directorates. This has included working as Defra’s Head of EU Relations for Animal Health and Welfare during 2012-15, as the Veterinary Lead for Avian Virology in the UK’s National Reference Laboratory at APHA, Weybridge and, most recently, one of APHA’s Veterinary Leads in Wales.