UK - Catherine (Cat) Sayer has been elected as Chair of the UK's National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) for 2015, following this year’s AGM in London on 21 May.
NOAH represents the UK animal medicines industry, and aims to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals.
Brought up on a hill farm in Wensleydale, Yorkshire and with broad experience across the key animal medicine market sectors of companion animal, equine and pigs, Cat is currently Director of Forum Animal Health. Keeping an active connection with farming, she still breeds pedigree Dalesbred sheep.
A member of the NOAH Board since 2011, Cat has been Vice-Chairman for the past two years.
At the NOAH Annual Dinner held in London on 21 May, Cat outlined NOAH’s achievements over the past year, one of much change, with the publication of the proposed Veterinary Medicines and Medicated Feed Regulations by the European Commission and their progression through the European consultation process.
“The last time any changes were implemented to the Veterinary Medicines Regulations was 9 years ago and as long as 25 years ago for the Medicated Feed Regulations.
"With such duration of legislation when implemented, it’s important this legislation will continue to support the potential for new medicines, as it will shape our industry for years to come, once in place,” she said.
She called on the NOAH membership and guests at the Dinner to become involved with NOAH’s activities: "Not only as members and industry stakeholders should we ask what NOAH can do for us but we should also recognise its continued achievements on our behalf, as well as asking how we can become involved either in or jointly with the Association at the centre of our dynamic and ever evolving sector, especially at such a time of critical review and change, likely to influence many years to come.
“It is clear from the achievements of the Association to date that industry would be the poorer without these benefits, brought since its launch at the House of Commons in 1986, and next year we will be able to celebrate these more fully when NOAH reaches its milestone of 30 years,” she said.
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