Deidre Carson qualified from the University of Sydney in 1982, and worked in general practice in Australia before heading to the UK. Original plans to stay only for two years were dropped when she started working for Rossdales in Newmarket, in 1983. She became a Partner in 1996 and an Associate Clinical Director in 2021. Her main areas of interest are stud farm medicine and youngstock care, but she also retains an interest in general equine practice.
Inspirationally for many, she has always put herself forward for roles where she can represent others and selflessly devotes her own time to those she serves. As a member of BEVA Council and Board of Management from 2005 to 2012, she worked tirelessly for the association when it was going through a fairly difficult time. She was appointed President in 2010 and proved herself a valued leader as the association transitioned structurally into what we see today. During this time she built many bridges for the association and the profession, and has remained a valued member who is frequently called upon as a source of sound advice and balanced views.
Aside from her professional commitments, she has tellingly spent several years as Chair and Trustee for a small charity near Newmarket, which supports human-animal relationships during times of hardship or vulnerability. On numerous occasions she has carried out fundraising and promoted this and other deserving charities, which is very much an exampled of her philanthropic nature.
In 2020, Deidre was appointed a Trustee of The Animal Welfare Foundation, where her passion for promoting animal welfare is being put to good use. Within this position she plays a key role in advising allocation of research funds, supporting veterinary education and encouraging debate on welfare issues, for the good of all.
She has been a powerful advocate for animal welfare and always puts herself forward in any situation where she can uphold her beliefs and help educate others. She strives for patients to receive the highest quality of care possible, whilst always taking into account factors relating to the owners, and industry as a whole. She endeavours to help others view the equine profession, animal welfare and the wider equine industry in a balanced and realistic way, in order to help maintain welfare at the forefront without losing sight of the big picture.
She has always played a vital support role within the profession, both as a clinician, an educator and as an advocate of wellbeing. She is highly regarded by fellow vets and nurses as a colleague who cares for individuals and the profession as a whole. She will have, and continues to, touch the lives of many within our profession in an unreserved way as a member who integrity is faultless and who speaks up for those who perhaps do not have a voice, or are unable to use it. She is very much an inspiring ambassador for our profession at every opportunity and is thoroughly deserving of Honorary Membership to the association she has served so well.