Debby Reynolds

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Deborah 'Debby' Reynolds CB served as the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of the United Kingdom from March 2004 until she retired in November 2007.[1] She is usually referred to as Debby Reynolds,[1][2][3][4] or less often as Deborah Reynolds,[5] and occasionally as Debbie Reynolds.[6]

Chief Veterinary Officer[edit]

Reynolds was the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of the United Kingdom and for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) from March 2004 to 9 November 2007.[1] As CVO, Reynolds was the British government's main spokesperson on animal health,[1] and was in the British nationwide news repeatedly to explain policy and answer questions about outbreaks or control of serious animal infections, such as foot-and-mouth disease, H5N1 bird flu, bovine TB, rabies and bluetongue virus.[2][6][7] On 9 November 2007 DEFRA announced that Reynolds had opted to take early retirement at the age of 55 years, and that the Deputy CVO Fred Landeg would take over temporarily as acting CVO with immediate effect.[8] She was made a Companion of the Order of Bath (CB) in the New Year Honours 2008.[5][9]

Personal life[edit]

Reynolds is a keen birdwatcher and was a member of the Reading Ornithology Club in the 1980s.[10] Her husband keeps show game fowl, chickens and bantams.[10]

In 2012 she was elected to the Council of the National Trust.[11]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Chief Medical Officer - brief biography of Debby Reynolds, includes a photograph". DEFRA. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Suspected case of bat rabies in Staines". Health Protection Agency. 28 September 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Medical and veterinary sciences faculty news for alumni (winter 2005/06)" (PDF). University of Bristol. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 April 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "Notable alumni - Faculty of Medical & Veterinary Sciences". University of Bristol. 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "National News - New Year Honours: Tory donor among Brown's first list". Financial Times. 29 December 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Sheep virus 'low risk to the UK'". BBC. 19 September 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2007. 
  7. ^ "Farm infected with foot-and-mouth". BBC News. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007. 
  8. ^ a b "Chief vet leaves with plaudits after four years service". DEFRA. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Honour for Dolly sheep scientist". BBC News. 29 December 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Profile, Debby Reynolds". BBC. 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2007. [dead link]
  11. ^ "2012 Council election results". National Trust. 2012.