The new Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for the UK is Christina Middlemiss, currently CVO of New South Wales, Australia. She will take over from Nigel Gibbens, who is stepping down at the end of February 2018 after ten years in the post. 

Ms Middlemiss has been CVO of New South Wales since August 2016. During her time in the post, she led major improvements to biosecurity across many farming sectors. She comes from a farming family in the south of Scotland, and has a background in beef cattle and sheep. An experienced vet, she was previously deputy director for animal traceability and public health at Defra. She has also worked in private practice in Scotland and the north of England.

Discussing her new role, Ms Middlemiss says: “I am delighted to have been appointed and it will be a privilege to lead my veterinary colleagues to support our farming and food industry in this hugely important role. I am very much looking forward to working again with the team at Defra, its agencies, the devolved administrations and all the individuals and groups which will contribute to meet future challenges across animal health and welfare.

“The UK government has made no secret it wants to cement its place as a world leader in animal welfare as it leaves the European Union, and I’m delighted to have an opportunity to play a part in that.”