Amanda Carson became the new President of the Sheep Veterinary Society during the Virtual Autumn Conference held on 19th September 2020. Amanda takes over the role from Nick Hart who becomes Senior Vice President as Yoav Alony-Gilboa retires from the committee. Joining the officials is new Junior Vice President Rebecca Mearns
Amanda graduated from the University of Sydney in 1988. Following 15 years as a partner in rural mixed practice in Cumbria Amanda joined the government in 2006 and in 2014 became the Small Ruminant Species Expert and leads the Defra-funded small ruminant disease scanning surveillance project in APHA.
Amanda’s sheep related activities include: representing APHA on the Sheep Health and Welfare Group; vice chair of the Farmer Scientist Network of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society; trustee of the charity The Sheep Trust; member of the Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee (FAnGR) and secretary of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders’ Association. In 2019 she was awarded Associateship of the Royal Agricultural Societies in recognition of her outstanding contribution to agricultural and rural progress in the sheep sector.