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Freda qualified from the Royal
(Dick) in Edinburgh in 1979. Despite her best intentions to
go straight into practice, she was persuaded to study for a PhD in
canine cardiology and then went on to work for eight years in
Glasgow in a mixed, mainly small animal practice.
While completing her PhD, she
married David, a dairy farmer at the south end of Loch
Lomond. During her first two years in practice, Freda
combined veterinary work with building a house on the farm.
Following a career break to have
children David and Ginny, she kept her hand in as a regular locum
with the PDSA in Glasgow. in 1994 she began teaching student
veterinary nurses at Edinburgh's Telford College and over thos five
years enjoyed some of the most satisfying times of her career,
teaching anaesthesia, cardiology, reproduction and urogenital
For the past seven years, Freda has
read ECGs derived from studies into new pharmaceutical compounds
with a view to detecting ECG abnormalities tht could be a problem
in their clinical use in humans.
Currently her clinical work is
confined to looking after the organic farm herd of Ayrshires,
Friesians and Limousin crosses along wit the farm collies, a couple
of cats and various rats and hamsters.
Freda was President of the British
Small Animal Veterinary Association 2003-2004 and President of the
British Veterinary Association 2005-2006.
John qualified from Trinity College
in Dublin in 1975. After spending four years in large animal
and mixed practices in Northern Ireland and Lancashire, John bought
a predominantly large animal practice in Crumlin, Co. Antrim in
1979. The practice now has three surgeries with six vets
working mainly in companion animal practice.
John has also held the following
President of the Association of
Veterinary Surgeons Practising in Northern Ireland (1993)
President of the North of Ireland
Veterinary Association (2004)
Chairman of the Northern Ireland
Veterinary Education Trus (1996 - present)
Board member of Veterinary Northern
Ireland (2005 - present)
President of the Society of
Practising Veterinary Surgeons (2007)
Wendy qualified as a veterinary
nurse in December 1992. She started in mixed animal practice
in Cornwall before spending two years locuming in the UK. In
1996 she took a head nurse position in Sussex to pursue a Diploma
in Advance Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) which she gained in March
In 2000, Wendy moved into the
emergency and critical care field, eventually taking a position as
clinical manager with Vets Now at their Bristol clinic. Wendy
used her time off from the emergency shifts to train as a human
phlebotomist for the National Health Service. this phlebotomy
interest led to Wendy being given the post of Pet Blood Bank
researcher for Vets Now in January 2006. The research has
taken Wendy far and wide from the USA to Australia. Vets Now
agreed to raise the funds to support the UK's first pet blood bank
charity on completion of the research programme. Wendy
currently resides as a trustee and is the authorisation holder of
the VMD licence for Pet Blood Bank UK.
Colin is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of
Scotland and has over the last twenty five years held a number of
general and financial manangement positions within a variety of
high growth companies in Scotland.
Colin currently runs his own corporate finance business and
holds a number of non-executive positions with companies across a
variety of industry sectors.
Chris Laurence qualified as a
veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1968 and went into
mixed practice in Somerset. A year later he moved to
Chippenham in Wiltshire to take up purely small animal practice at
the Hale Veterinary Group. He became a partner in the
practice in 1972 and the practice achieved Veterinary Hospital
status in 1990.
Chris left the practice in 1998 to
take up the post of Assistant Chief Veterinary Officer at the
RSPCA. He was promoted to Chief Veterinary Officer in 1999
and dealt with all veterinary issues for the Society. In 2003
Chris moved to take up the post of Veterinary Director of Dogs
Trust where he was involved in their work both nationally and
internationally. He played a significant part in the work to
produce the Animal Welfare Act and was awarded the MBE in
2007. He retired in August 2011.
Chris has been active in veterinary
politics since the 1970s and has been Chairman of Southern Region
BSAVA, President of BVHA, Treasurer of the Links Group, and on the
Veterinary Policy Group of BVA. Chris is currently a Director
of FAB, Senior Vice President of the Central Veterinary Society,
and a Trustee of the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation. He is
also a member of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog
Chris is also involved in a number
of other charities. He is an elected Trustee of the national RSPCA,
Chairman of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust and a Director of the
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust Ltd.
Chris also had a lengthy career in
the Territorial Army, retiring with the rank of Colonel in
2002. He was awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal in
the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2002.
Chris has been married to Sheila
since 1969 and has two children and four grandchildren. He
has a dog and a cat - Maggie and Prudence.
Harvey graduated from Liverpool
University in 1969 and has been in full time clinical practice ever
After spending the first 3 years
after graduating in mixed farm practice in Staffordshire he became
the founding partner of Woodcroft Veterinary Group, which is now a
20 vet small animal hospital practice in Cheshire offering first
opinion, referral and emergency clinic services.
Harvey has been actively and
continuously involved in veterinary politics for over 25 years. He
is a past president of BSAVA and has served on numerous BVA and
He is also a past vice president of
the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners and was President of
the British Veterinary Association in 2010-2011.
Harvey is married to Margaret and
has two daughters Rachel and Helen. Helen has followed her father
into the veterinary profession and now works at Woodcroft
In his spare time Harvey enjoys
hill walking, gardening and off shore sailing.
Scottish Charity No: 037745