First female president of Agcarm
Agcarm, the industry association which represents crop protection, animal health and rural supplier businesses, has
appointed its first female president.
Dr Pauline Calvert heads the production animal business for MSD Animal Heath in New Zealand and was elected president at
Agcarm’s annual meeting on July 27.
Under her presidency, Agcarm will continue to focus on promoting the responsible use of products, sustainable
agriculture, environmental preservation, and sensible science-based regulation of crop protection and animal health
“Agcarm brings together a wide group of industries. Collectively we share the same passion and interest in the
environment, the economy, product stewardship, and maximising the opportunities of our primary sector through
innovation,” says Calvert.
She says her election as president has nothing to do with her gender. “Women contribute greatly to our industry and our
board – and have done so for many years. There are many examples where women have leadership roles in our primary sector
and I expect nothing less from the industry I contribute too.”
Calvert spent nearly two decades as a field veterinarian in mixed animal practice, before venturing a regulatory
environment - as veterinary adviser for the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Calvert has been with MSD Animal Health for three years. She is also an active member of the Pharmacology Chapter of the
Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and is an examiner for the Chapter.
Dr Calvert takes over from Mark Christie, who was Agcarm’s longest standing president. She says she has “big shoes to
fill” as he achieved a lot in his five years as president.