About Us

The Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management (VAWM) is a membership organization for veterinary surgeons in the UK with an interest in effective and humane wildlife management. Its members include practitioners, academics, and vets in industry.

VAWM’s objectives are to promote the management of British wildlife, by methods which are advantageous for animal welfare, to protect: biodiversity and vulnerable species, the health and welfare of livestock and pets, the livelihoods of farmers and other guardians of the physical environment, and also public health.

The Association publishes two newsletters a year and holds its Annual General Meeting and dinner in the autumn.

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Meet the VAWM Committee

  • D. J. Renney, BVetMed, MRCVS

    Chairman

    David Renney

    David Renney graduated from the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London. He worked in mixed practice in Northamptonshire, then entered the veterinary pharmaceutical industry as a veterinary adviser. He founded Nimrod Veterinary Products in 2007 and is the company’s Managing Director.

    His professional interests are large-animal medicine and gut health in poultry. He frequently gives lectures in these subjects; his audiences include the large-animal elective students at the Bristol University and Surrey University veterinary schools.

    He is a member of the Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society and a recorder for the Gloucestershire branch of Butterfly Conservation. He was an adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Middle-Way Group during “Hearings on the Evidence” concerning hunting in 2002.

  • Dr L.H. Thomas, MA VetMB, PhD, FRCPath, MRCVS

    Secretary

    Dr Lewis Thomas

    Dr Lewis Thomas graduated from the Cambridge Veterinary School in 1967 and, after a short period in general veterinary practice, he joined the Institute for Research on Animal Diseases, Compton in 1968.

    At Compton he worked on the pathology and immunology of large-animal diseases, principally respiratory disease and mastitis of cattle. He retired in March 2000 from what by then had become the Biology and Biotechnology Research Council’s Institute for Animal Health.

    In 2004 he became secretary of the newly formed Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management.

  • Richard Greenwood, MA VetMB, MRCVS

    Treasurer

    Richard Greenwood

    Richard Greenwood qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University.

    After three years in general practice, he started to specialise in equine work, particularly with thoroughbreds, first in Australia and then in Newmarket, becoming senior partner in the practice which developed into the Newmarket Equine Hospital.

    He became treasurer of VAWM at its inception, and has now retired from practice.

  • Aoife Byrne, DrMedVet, CertAVP, MRCVS

    Membership Secretary

    Aoife Byrne

    Aoife Byrne is from Ireland, but studied veterinary medicine in Budapest, Hungary graduating in 2007. After completing an internship at an equine hospital in Ireland, she worked for a further year in a busy mixed practice, where her duties included testing cattle for TB and advising farmers on how to manage the threat to the health of their herd. She then developed expertise in equine embryo transfer, first in Argentina, then at a specialist centre in Gloucestershire. She next took an ambulatory equine role in an equine practice with a special interest in ophthalmology.

    Aoife currently works at a large equine practice covering the South West of England. She has an extensive knowledge of hunting and deer management. She is the Membership Secretary of the Association.

  • Jim Barrington,

    Press Officer

    Jim Barrington

    Jim Barrington is a former Executive Director of the League Against Cruel Sports and has been involved in various animal-welfare campaigns for over 40 years.

    He has worked with the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management almost since its inception, dealing mainly with the publicity aspects of the organisation, as well as work within the political field.

    He is currently a welfare consultant to the Countryside Alliance and Council of Hunting Associations.

  • Dr A. J. Mudd, BVSc, PhD, MRSB, MRCVS

    Committee Member

    Tony Mudd

    Tony Mudd was brought up in East Lancashire on a Government Experimental Farm, where he learnt to control the predators that devastated his outdoor poultry flock. Following graduation from Liverpool Veterinary School, he did locum work in mixed veterinary practice being awarded a scholarship from the Pig Industry Development Authority to do work at Newcastle University leading to a PhD. After these studies he joined the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Research on Animal Diseases at Compton, Berkshire, to work on metabolic diseases of ruminants. After four years at Compton he took up a post Beecham Research Laboratories to establish facilities for dairy-cow research, including mastitis control.

    Subsequently, he held appointments at the Agricultural Division of ICI heading a group developing nutritional products for cattle, as International Technical Director for Cyanamid, at American Home Products and at Roche Products. He was involved in the founding of the organization that became the International Federation for Animal Health, and later became the head of the organization. He now does consultancy work in Europe in collaboration with an ex colleague in California.

    Tony is a former Chairman of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Trust.

  • Liz Rhys-Jones, BVM&S, MRCVS

    Committee Member

    Liz Rhys-Jones

    Liz Rhys-Jones graduated in 1972 from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. She worked in practice on the North Yorkshire Moors from 1972 to 2012, largely doing farm work, including TB testing, which occupied most of her last 10 years in practice.

    Liz has been a member of the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management since its inception.

  • David Walker, BVetMed, CertSAO, MRCVS

    Committee Member

    David Walker recently retired after 41 years in veterinary profession. For the majority of his career his practice was in Warwickshire, where clinical work included farm animal, horses, and pet animals, and providing professional services to several UK animal charities.

    His interests are centred on the broader and diverse issues of animal welfare and particularly the effects of climate change.