Rosie Allister, Vetlife
Rosie is Chair of Vetlife Helpline and a Director of Vetlife, the veterinary support charity. She has been researching veterinary wellbeing since 2008 and has particular interest in mental health, workplace wellbeing, supporting vet students during the transition to practice, and veterinary identity. She runs workshops and training, publishes, and regularly speaks in the UK and internationally on veterinary mental health. She is a member of the RCVS Mind Matters Initiative Taskforce and has also volunteered with Samaritans for eleven years.
Sophie Aylett, Meadows Farm Vets and 2017 Wellbeing Award Winner
Sophie Aylett qualified from Liverpool Vet School and briefly worked for the PDSA before settling into mixed practice work in Shropshire. In 2010, she and her non-vet husband decided to start their own farm only practice in Worcestershire. Currently running a team of 7/8 full-time vets, Sophie is very keen to promote well-being and job satisfaction as well as nurturing new graduates, not an easy task in farm animal practice where most of the work is solitary. Her practice were the first farm animal winners of the SPVS Wellbeing Award (small practice) in 2017, and are also the only farm practice to hold three Practice Standards Awards at Outstanding (Team and Professional Responsibility, Client Service, Advisory/Consulation Service. Recently, Sophie has joined the RCVS team of PSS assessors, enabling her to escape her overflowing in-tray and visit other exceptional practices around the country.
Peter Brown, SPVS Senior Vice-President
Peter Brown qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1982 and after 3 years in mixed practice bought a small animal practice on the South Coast, where he stayed for nearly 30 years, overseeing its development from a single-handed business to a five vet, three centre first opinion practice. Peter has been a member of SPVS Council/Board since 2010, serving as PRO and Treasurer and running the Society’s surveys from 2012 to 2017. He is currently SVP. Peter also enjoys charity work and is a trustee of the Greek Cat Welfare Society (UK). He makes regular trips to the Greek Islands, which he admits are as much for pleasure as for business. Outside of practice Peter and his wife Teresa enjoy reading, travelling and the arts as well as being keen walkers and cruciverbalists.
Richard Casey, Blue Cross
Rich Casey worked in HR in a range of industry sectors before entering the veterinary world with PDSA in 2011. He joined Blue Cross in 2016 as Clinical Development Manager, a role in which he oversees the development of the charity’s veterinary services and manages its partnerships with private veterinary practices. He is Junior Vice President of the Veterinary Management Group.
Carolyne Crowe, VDS Training
Carolyne is an experienced equine vet, an award winning personal performance coach, mentor, international speaker, researcher and lecturer. Recognising that many of the challenges faced by today’s veterinary surgeons and veterinary teams are non-clinical, Carolyne and the team at VDS Training helps others overcome the personal and professional challenges they face on a daily basis. Delivering 1on1 coaching programmes, workshops on stress management, personal effectiveness, resilience, assertiveness, team dynamics, communication skills, conflict management, leadership and management skills, she is passionate about equipping others with skills and techniques that make a positive difference to their personal and professional lives. She lectures both at universities and industry events. Carolyne is a master trainer in DISC behavioural profiling, a CPCAB trainer in Stress management and Wellbeing and an Honorary Lecturer of the University of Liverpool and has a Masters degree in Workplace Health and Wellbeing. Outside of work Carolyne is a wife of a vet, mother of 2 children and a keen runner.
Catriona Curtis – SPVS President
An Edinburgh 2004 graduate, Catriona is currently SPVS President. Throughout her career which has spanned mixed and small animal practice, 6 years in the pharmaceutical industry and more recently as Vet Talent Manager for the Vet Group she has had an active interest in and been passionate about the development of new and recent graduates. From 2011 to 2017 she organised the SPVS final year student seminar at Lancaster. Throughout her involvement at the seminar (2004-2018) she has witnessed the change in our profession from the perspective of recent graduates and also watched with interest as a new generation has entered our workforce. She is very interested in how we adapt and change our working environments to meet the changing needs of the profession and in the mindset of vets as they adapt to and accept change.
Maria Lowe, Viking Vets, 2017 Wellbeing Award Winner
Maria Lowe Qualified from Bristol in 1994, after six years working in a small animal hospital, she started Viking Vets in 2000. Her main interest is to be a GP vet, embracing all its challenges, and helping the team to provide excellent service for pets and clients.
Pam Mosedale, BVetMed MRCVS, RCVS PSS Lead Assessor
Pam was in practice for 38 years as assistant partner in a Veterinary Hospital & latterly as a locum. She has worked in or visited hundreds of veterinary practices and is really interested in how practices consider their team members wellbeing and how they treat the greatest practice asset, the people who work there. Pam is currently Lead Assessor for the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme. She is also an SQP assessor for AMTRA & organises CPD for SQPs; she edits the BSAVA Guide to the Use of Veterinary Medicines and organises the BSAVA Dispensing Course; and is the Chair of RCVS Knowedge QI Advisory Board.
Elinor O’Connor, Alliance Manchester Business School
Dr Elinor O’Connor is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the University of Manchester’s Business School. Her interests include occupational stress and wellbeing at work, and she has previously conducted research on stress among community pharmacists in the UK. Elinor is currently working on a number of projects with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Mind Matters Initiative to investigate sources of work-related stress in UK veterinary practice and identify workplace wellbeing interventions for the veterinary profession.
Paul Pollard, Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital and 2018 Wellbeing Award Winner
Paul graduated from the University College Dublin in 1990. He currently works for the Royal Veterinary College as the head veterinary surgeon at the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital, their first opinion hospital in Camden. Here he has responsibility for the students education while on this rotation. Paul’s main clinical interest is in cardiology. He has post graduate certificate in veterinary cardiology and a diploma in veterinary education. Paul has been awarded the Jim Bee Educator prize on two occasions. This is awarded by the students to recognise RVC staff who excel in providing an excellent student learning experience. In his spare time he regularly visit a charity, Animalaid Unlimited, in India which looks after street dogs where he acts as an advisor to the team who run this shelter.