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Date: Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th October 2021

Venue: Celtic Manor, Newport


For the first time, BCVA will visit Wales for their annual Congress!

We are delighted that our very own Farm Vet Champions team Fiona Lovatt and Lucy Coyne will be hosting an  reception on Thursday 14 October. This will give Farm Vet Champions the opportunity to meet and share their stories in person at the first BCVA event since the pandemic. This event is an exciting opportunity to build the Farm Vet Champions community and to continue the conversations on responsible antimicrobial use.

Fiona Lovatt will also present the opportunities that Farm Vet Champions offers the wider veterinary practice team. 

Fiona Lovatt

Fiona is the Clinical Lead for Farm Vet Champions at RCVS Knowledge. She joins the team with a passion for  proactive veterinary involvement on UK sheep farms, particularly enthusing both vets and sheep farmers to interact better through proactive individual flock health planning and Flock Health Clubs. Fiona runs Flock Health Ltd, a sheep veterinary consultancy business ( that works collaboratively with vets, farmers, processors, retailers and pharmaceutical companies, primarily in the UK but also further afield. She is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Sheep Health and Production, a diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management and works, on a very part-time basis, as a clinical associate professor at the University of Nottingham.

Fiona is a past president of the Sheep Veterinary Society and currently chairs the UK Sheep Antibiotic Guardian Group, having represented the sheep industry on the RUMA Targets Task Force since 2016.

Fiona Lovatt

Lucy Coyne

Lucy is the Project Manager for the Farm Vet Champions. Farm Vet Champions is a collaborative project between RCVS Knowledge and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate to unite and empower UK farm animal practitioners as they establish responsible antimicrobial stewardship practices and promote prudent antimicrobial use on farms. Lucy is leading phase 2 of the project which will continue to champion antimicrobial stewardship and allow practitioners to track their individual and practice progress.

Lucy qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 2011 and has a PhD in veterinary epidemiology exploring the behavioural drivers for antimicrobial use in UK pig practice. She has worked at the University of Liverpool, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Defra and the pig levy board in the areas of antimicrobial resistance, disease surveillance and animal health. Lucy has a background in research, policy and project management in the area of antimicrobial use and resistance in livestock.

At RCVS Knowledge Lucy is responsible for ongoing work and projects relating to antimicrobial stewardship for companion animal, equine and livestock.

Lucy Coyne

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