AO VET European Board Chairperson Toby Gemmill elected for second term


17 May 2021

Toby Gemmill

As AO VET European Board Chairperson Toby Gemmill looks toward his second term he sees the next 12 to 18 months as a critical period in reestablishing AO VET as the premier provider of postgraduate veterinary education in orthopedics and traumatology. At the same time, he says the coming months are an opportunity to embrace an increased demand for online activities alongside AO VET’s traditional face-to-face, on-site events.

Toby graduated from the University of Bristol (United Kingdom) and after a number of years in primary care practice undertook a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Glasgow (Scotland). He has been an RCVS and ECVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery for over 15 years, and holds a Masters degree for research into canine elbow dysplasia. He has worked at Willows Referral Service, a large small animal hospital in the centre of the UK, since 2005, and was Clinical Director from 2016-2020. He has been Managing Director of Willows and of Kentdale Specialist Referrals, a dedicated surgical referral centre in Cumbria in the north of England, since 2020.

Toby is a former member of the RCVS Small Animal Surgery Board and has been an RCVS examiner in Small Animal Surgery at both Certificate and Diploma levels. He has authored or coauthored numerous scientific papers and conference abstracts, and presented internationally on a wide variety of topics relating to small animal orthopedics and spinal surgery. He is the co-editor of the 2nd edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Fracture Repair and Management. He became an AO VET faculty member in 2008, and served on the AO VET European board and the AO VET Education Commission from 2012-2018. He has been chair of the AO VET European board and a member of the AO VET International board since 2018.

Toby explained: ‘Key educational aims will include re-establishing our traditional face-to-face, on-site courses based on regional needs, and working with the AO VET Education Commission to further develop a comprehensive global webinar program, online and blended courses, and accessible e-learning materials.’

‘It will also be critical to continue to engage younger surgeons to become faculty and supporting them to advance to chairing courses and becoming involved in AO VET boards and commissions. This will lead to better representation of the wider AO VET community, and will inspire the next generation of veterinary orthopaedic surgeons.’

‘We also need to improve accessibility to faculty and chair education programs, and cement in place a robust pathway for lifelong learning in orthopedics and traumatology.’

‘These aims - along with strategic partnerships with organizations such as the ECVS and the ACVS – will stimulate further expansion of the AO VET community,’ he added.

In turn, involvement in the community will allow members to develop lifelong friendships and relationships and open up opportunities for collaborative research which can contribute to our ultimate goal of improving patient care.’

Toby’s new term begins in July 2021 and ends in June 2022.

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