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Two leading vets promoted to senior roles at ECC provider

Two senior vets, Dr Laura Playforth and Dr Daniel Lewis, have been promoted into newly-created roles at Vets Now, the UK's leading provider of emergency veterinary care for small animals in the UK.

Laura has been appointed professional standards director, a role which will see her leading the veterinary standards team and having accountability for the highest professional standards at board level.

ECC specialist Dan, who is based at the Vets Now 24/7 emergency and specialty hospital in Glasgow, has been promoted to national ECC lead, enabling him to continue focusing on advancing ECC across the business and wider profession.

As part of this role, Dan will also oversee all external ECC CPD programmes which Vets Now offers throughout the UK as well as leading the ongoing development of Vets Now's internal specialty ECC training (including the ECVECC approved residency programme) at the Glasgow hospital.

Vets Now's clinical director and RCVS senior vice president, Amanda Boag, announced the appointments last week and said: "Both Laura and Dan have contributed greatly to emergency and critical care across the professions and the announcement of their new roles today is great news for the entire ECC community.

"Along with the rest of the clinical leadership team, we will continue to work together evolving our strong clinical and professional culture and leading the field of emergency practice."

Laura Playforth said:

"It's a great honour to have been asked to join the operating board at Vets Now and it demonstrates just how seriously the business takes the issue of raising clinical and professional standards.

"I feel enormously grateful to work for a company which has always supported me in my development and to have had managers who believed in my potential more than I believed in myself.

"When I joined the veterinary profession, I wanted to help as many animals and their owners as possible, which may only be a handful a day as a frontline vet. However, in this role I'm able to help our vets and vet nurses improve the care of more than 150,000 animals a year. It's a real privilege."

Dan Lewis, who is currently building the 2020 CPD programmes for the ECC Congress and Bitesize ECC roadshow, added:

"With the largest emergency caseload in Europe at Vets Now, we're well placed to help share best practice when dealing with emergency cases.

"Because emergencies don't only happen out-of-hours we're committed to working with general practitioners to deliver the best possible care to pets at the time they need it most. I am very honoured to assume a new role as National ECC Lead which will allow me to focus on progressing the quality of emergency and critical care across our professions."

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