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A photo of Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer

Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer

Professor Nigel Gibbens CBE was the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer from 2008 to 20018.

He was appointed in May 2008 following previous experience in the State Veterinary Service and in policy roles on international trade, BSE controls, animal welfare and international relations co-ordination for Defra’s Food and Farming Group.

CVOs supporting the BCVA 50th anniversary Send A Cow appeal

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Chief Veterinary Officers pictured with members from the Send a Cow support team.

Why did the Chief Vet climb a mountain with an inflatable cow? No it's not a joke, CVO Nigel Gibbens on raising money for the Send a Cow charity as part of the British Cattle Veterinary Association's 50th anniversary celebrations with the other chief vets.

The proud history of our Government Veterinary Services

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Photo of anthrax laboratory at Alperton Lodge in the 1910s

Next year, we will celebrate the centenary of the opening of the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Weybridge. It's a great opportunity to reflect on our achievements and look ahead at our ever-changing and interesting roles, says Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens

Bluetongue disease risk: we must remain vigilant (and what we can do)

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Sheep standing in straw looking at the camera

Following outbreaks last year in France, a recent Defra assessment shows we are again vulnerable to the bluetongue virus (BTV-8 type). Vets working on farms can help us monitor livestock health and advise farmers on vaccination. During the European outbreak …