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Good luck, Tom!

TOM BUCKLEY, founder and longest serving office of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, has decided to retire after 32 years as General Secretary and start to take life a bit easier.

Tom’s vision in the beginning, was for a professional organisation to be at the forefront of responsible dog ownership and to this end the Institute has successfully run two residential courses a year, where students learn instructional techniques in both practical and theory.

Since 1974 when the first residential course started, Tom has seen student come from many parts of the world as well as hundreds from all over the UK and under his guidance the Institute has grow in both the security and Obedience divisions of the Institute.

As far as is know, the first security company specialising in the use of patrol dogs was co-founded by Tom in 1948 and apart from over thirty years commercial guarding experience the company was awarded a contract to supply trained dogs and act as advisers to the United Kingdom Atom Energy Authority Constabulary. A contract that lasted for 21 years.

Although Tom is retiring, the Institute is not and Tom has handed over the reigns, books, folders, as well as 32 years of advice to John McNeil. John is a Director, Fellow of the Institute and also on the Board of Governors and as a lot of people will remember, was a course instructor as well as course leader on the residential courses for many years.

When asked how he feels about the new task, John replied: "Tom will be a very hard act to follow as he has so much knowledge about the Institute, however, with the help of the fellow Directors and Board of Governors, I am sure we can go from strength to strength".

All the Directors, Governors and members of the Institute wish Tom a long and happy retirement.

From 1st January 2007, the new address and telephone number will be: BIPDT, P.O. Box 5894, Milton Keynes, MK10 1FJ; tel/fax: 01908 526856; email: