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Stephanie Writer-Davies is clinical director of Mimram Veterinary Centre, a 3.5 vet small animal practice in Hertfordshire. Having graduated from the University of Bristol in 1984, she spent 4 years in mixed practice before deciding that her main interests lay in the small animal field. She worked as an assistant in two practices in North London and Hertfordshire before starting her own practice in 1999. She is an active member of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS) Council, being elected in 2010 and joining the Officer team in 2012, initially as Hon PRO and then Hon Editor, in which role she helps produce Practice Life, the magazine of SPVS & VPMA. She is a past President of SPVS.
Roland Sabin qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1998 with distinction in the Small Animal Internal Medicine elective. He has worked continuously in small animal practice ever since. After 11 years in West London, he joined Canonbury Veterinary Practice in 2009. Then, after 4 years working in Hong Kong, he rejoined Canonbury full time in 2013. Roland enjoys the daily variety provided by new puppies and kittens as well as tending to more complex considerations more frequently seen in older animals. Diagnostic imaging is his area of particular interest: he is often found in a darkened room with the ultrasound machine.
I have extensive experience of first opinion companion animal practice in a number of roles, including practice owner and clinical director. I was also veterinary adviser to the NGRC, the regulator of licensed greyhound racing in the UK, and oversaw the doping control programme (over 10k tests p.a.). This role included advising the Board and Disciplinary Committee of the evidence based for the potential of substances found in positive samples to affect racing performance, and explaining this in non-technical terms. I was also commissioned to assess the strength of evidence of peer-reviewed papers for The Bateson Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding. This highlighted the lack of robust evidence available to practitioners in the UK, and I decided, especially with the increased visibility of EBVM, to offer my help to Andrea in such a worthwhile venture as Veterinary Prescriber. This, together with partnerships such as VetCompass and SAVSnet, has the potential to offer practitioners easy access to quality, evidence-based, information relevant to everyday practice.Much of the information which is easily available in practice derives from promotional material and visits from reps - hardly unbiased. But Veterinary Prescriber is wholly independent, well qualified to assess the quality of data, and able to express it succinctly for ease of use and reference. The group of VP practitioners is able to use practical knowledge and experience to suggest everyday prescribing decisions which could usefully be prioritised.
Brian graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 1995 and worked in mixed practice before studying for an MBA at Nottingham Business School in 2000/1. He set up, developed and exited a cluster of veterinary practices in Suffolk between 2002 and 2009. Brian was The Petplan-UK Vet of the Year in 2008 after having been runner-up in 2007. He is Petplan Pet Insurance national media and PR vet. He completed a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology in 2009. Brian currently works in his own small animal veterinary practice 3 days a week. Over his 20 year career Brian has worked in over 250 veterinary practices as a clinician, consultant and confidence coach. Brian is a past President of the UK Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons. He is the honorary lecturer in entrepreneurship at Nottingham University, cice chair (business) at the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate studies and on the clinical advisory board for Pawsquad online veterinary services. In April 2017 he raised £120,000 for Brooke Animal Hospital by running 10 marathons in 10 days all across UK and Ireland.