Tributes paid to former BVA president after death at age 57
Colleagues and friends described him as “an inspiration” and one of the profession’s “true greats” after the news of his death was confirmed on March 31.
Mr Padgett, known as Padge, graduated from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and was a partner at Bay Vets in Lancashire for many years.
Having initially acted as its BVA representative, he was appointed BCVA honorary secretary in 2000, remaining in the post for six years, before serving as its president in 2007-08.
BCVA president, Colin Mason, said: “Carl Padgett was a cherished friend to many, a supportive colleague and an invaluable leader in the veterinary profession.
“His passing has left us deeply saddened, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to all those whose lives he touched.”
A statement on the BVA’s websote its website, the BVA said it was “extremely saddened” by Mr Padgett’s death and described him as an “inspiration” during his term as its president in 2011-12.
The statement on the BVA website read: “[Mr Padgett] had a zest for life and always made time for others. Combined with his knowledge, talent and leadership, he was widely respected and loved within the profession. His loss will be keenly felt, and he will be greatly missed.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.”
The current BVA president, Malcolm Morley, tweeted: “Such sad news to lose a remarkable member of our profession far too young. Padge was a friend, inspiration and support to so many vets.”
The UK’s CVO, Christine Middlemiss, who was a fellow student in Glasgow, said: “He has given a huge amount to the profession all along – friendship, leadership and fun. We will miss him.”
Former BCVA president David Barrett said Mr Padgett was among the “true greats of our generation” in the veterinary profession, adding: “His passion and love for his work, and desire to help others, was an inspiration.”