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A new 'breed' of States Vet in Jersey

A new 'breed' of States Vet in Jersey

Tuesday 11 August 2020

A new 'breed' of States Vet in Jersey

A professional with more than 30 years' experience promoting the best animal health and welfare practice in local governments has been appointed as Jersey's new permanent Chief Veterinary Officer.

Alistair Breed has now filled the Jersey position, which has been held since last May by Interim Chief Vet Brian Smith.

The role of the Chief Vet is to promote the best animal health and welfare practice for farmed, captive and domestic species in Jersey, whilst also working to control diseases in animals, safeguard animal and public health as well as to facilitate the international trade in animals and animal products.


Pictured: One aspect of the Chief Vet's role is to promote welfare practice for farmed animals in Jersey

Qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Liverpool in 1984, Mr Breed spent the first part of his career working in private veterinary medicine before entering State Veterinary medicine. 

Before his move to Jersey, he previously held a similar role in the Isle of Man, where he was the Chief Veterinary Officer at the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture.


Pictured: Alistair Breed, the new permanent Chief Veterinary Officer

Mr Breed said: “I have travelled to Jersey on business several times over many years and I’ve always enjoyed my visits to the Island.

"I have a long experience of living on a small island and I’m delighted that I now have the opportunity to live and work in Jersey.

"I look forward to getting to know the island and its people better and working to help to safeguard and improve the quality of life for people and animals.”


Pictured: Qualified as a veterinary surgeon from University, Mr Breed spent the first part of his career working in private veterinary medicine

Willie Peggie, Director of Natural Environment, added: “I’m delighted that Alistair, who has a wealth of experience, has joined the department at such an exciting and fast-moving time.

"His previous practical, private work along with his long-standing career in government veterinary service makes him extremely well-suited to Jersey’s requirements for a Chief Veterinary Officer.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Brian, a safe and reliable pair of hands, who since May last year has worked very diligently to keep us on track in local and international matters.”

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