The rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths has thanked Wales’ Chief Veterinary Officer, Christianne Glossop, who has left her post after 17 years in the role.
She thanked her for her outstanding contribution to animal health and welfare. Glossop was Wales’ first chief veterinary officer following the devolution of animal health and welfare powers in 2005. She was appointed after spending time in the State Veterinary Service, now known as APHA, dealing with the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak of 2001 and then bovine TB.
“Christianne’s contribution to animal health and welfare in Wales is immense,” said Griffiths. “During her time as CVO she has dealt with a number of difficult animal disease outbreaks such as avian flu, the impact on Wales of the 2007 foot and mouth outbreak in England, as well as tirelessly working with her team on the TB Eradication programme.”
“It has been a huge privilege to be the first chief veterinary officer for Wales – it has been my dream job,” said Glossop. “With the devolution of animal health and welfare powers it was a once in a generation chance to design the approach here in Wales, and I will always be grateful to have been part of that.