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Brian Hosie lays down his scalpel in change of leadership at SAC Consulting Veterinary Services

Published Tuesday, 28th February 2017 in Veterinary Services news

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Brian Hosie has laid down his scalpel after retiring from his role as Head of SAC Consulting Veterinary Services – with George Caldow stepping into his wellies.

The move brings to an end Brian’s stellar career spanning 40 years with veterinary surveillance and investigation.

A presentation was held at Oatridge recently to mark Brian’s achievements and to allow friends and colleagues the opportunity to wish him well for his retirement.

Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive, and Mike Wijnberg managing director of SAC Consulting presented him with a shepherds crook as a gift to mark the occasion.

Brian’s involvement began just after he graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1977 when he gained work experience at the St Boswells’ VI Centre just prior to beginning a one year MSc in Tropical Veterinary Science.

That experience obviously did not put him off as, after graduating with his Masters, he was awarded a Postgraduate Studentship and began working in Perth.

Brian’s career then took him to the Yemen where he worked as for the Overseas Development Administration.

Returning to Scotland, Brian joined the East of Scotland Agricultural College’s Veterinary Investigation staff. In 1990 he spent a year in New Zealand – gaining valuable experience in the operation of animal health schemes, especially for sheep.

In 1999 Brian became the Assistant Head of what - following the three colleges’ merger in 1990 - was the Veterinary Services Division of SAC. He was promoted to Veterinary Manager in 2006 and two years later became Veterinary Services Group Manager of what is now SRUC.

Brian has faced many interesting challenges during his career – including the fallout risks to livestock of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the emergence of BSE, investigations into Scotland’s relationship with E coli O157, and the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001.

Mike Wijnberg said: “Brian’s commitment to his profession, our organisation and the many colleagues he has worked with has been second to none. We are indebted to Brian for his leadership and substantial contribution and we wish him all the very best for a well-earned retirement.”

George Caldow

George Caldow has now formally stepped into Brian’s role as Head of Veterinary Services. He said: “I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to lead this talented team of scientists and vets.

“We provide essential diagnostic support to Scotland's livestock sectors and have a vital role in the county’s animal disease surveillance. I am looking forward to developing our services in tune with the changing needs of the livestock industry.”

Photo caption 1: Brian with his retiral present of a shepherds crook which was presented by Mike Wijnberg and Wayne Powell on behalf of his colleagues.

Photo caption 2: George Caldow

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