Scotland's chief vet, Sheila Voas, has been awarded an honorary fellowship by the Moredun Foundation, the governing body of the Moredun Research Institute.

Ms Voas qualified from the 'Dick Vet' college at the University of Edinburgh in 1988, then spent almost 20 years in private practice in the Scottish Borders and the North of England, including 15 years in a mixed practice based between Biggar and Peebles.

She joined the Scottish Government in 2007 as a veterinary adviser, and then as deputy CVO, having previously worked for the State Veterinary Service as a field based veterinary officer, and was permanently appointed as Scotland’s Chief Vet in 2012, having been acting in that role since June 2011.

At a ceremony after the Moredun Foundation's agm, chairman Ian Duncan Millar praised Sheila for her contribution to livestock health and welfare and her work in Scottish Government: “With her ‘can do’ attitude, her grounded practical and veterinary knowledge means she is respected across our industry.

"Her determination to promote the wellbeing of both the livestock and the farmers shows that she shares the same ethos as the Moredun Foundation, and we are delighted to recognise her efforts towards our common goals.”