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New chief vet for Scotland

19/03/2003

Following an open competition Charles Milne has been appointed to fill the vacancy of Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland.

He is currently the Divisional Veterinary Manager for the SVS's South West Scotland Division.

In that role, Charles figured prominently in the Scottish Executive's efforts to tackle Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001.

The Chief Veterinary Officer (Scotland) is responsible for providing Scottish Ministers with independent veterinary advice. He will also oversee the delivery of the Executive's animal health and welfare policies through a network of animal health divisional offices across Scotland.

Leslie Gardner, Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland retires at the end of March after almost 30 years of working for the State Veterinary Service in Scotland. Amongst many other achievements over this period, Leslie was responsible for leading the veterinary response, which led to the successful eradication of Foot and Mouth Disease in Scotland in 2001.

The State Veterinary Service is a GB wide organisation, accountable to Scottish Ministers for its operation in Scotland.

The post of CVO Scotland was created in October 2002. This redesignation of the former Assistant Chief Veterinary Officer (Scotland) post was undertaken to more fully reflect the post's breadth of responsibilities in giving independent veterinary advice to Scottish Ministers and leading the SVS's operations in Scotland.