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 until 1998. Chris was subsequently Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA and Veterinary Director of Dogs Trust. He retired in August 2011. He was awarded the MBE for services to animal welfare in 2007 and granted Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017.
Chris is currently Chairman of the Canine and Feline Sector Group of the England Health and Welfare Board and Treasurer of the Central Veterinary Society. He is also involved in a number of charities. He is Chairman of the Animal Welfare Foundation and the British Veterinary Behaviour Association. He is also a Trustee of the Pet Blood Bank, the Bella Moss Foundation and North Wiltshire Branch of the RSPCA and Treasurer of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. Outside the profession, he is Chairman of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust and the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars Association, a Director of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust Ltd and Treasurer of Tytherton Village Hall.
Chris had a lengthy career in the Royal Signals, 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. Sadly he currently has no pets.
Wendy J Taylor NCert(AnBeh) DipAVN(Surgical) DipAVN(Medical)RVN
Wendy has been a Veterinary Nurse since 1989. She was Head Nurse and Clinical coach of a small animal dermatology practice from 1989 to 2018 where due to a background in Competitive Obedience with her own dogs and a special interest in behaviour she began to see training and behaviour cases for the practice.
Since 2015 she has been working for Donaldsons Vets nursing and running a Behaviour and Training referral service treating clients from within the 6 branches of the practice and cases referred from neighbouring practices in West Yorkshire.
She is currently working towards APDT accreditation having been awarded their Advanced Dog Training Instructors certificate in 2018.
She is passionate about preventing behavioural problems in dogs and cats by educating clients and those working in Veterinary medicine.
Her spare time is spend with her two German Shepherd Dogs, a CP rescue cat, a welsh section D pony and competing at local dressage events on her TB/WB mare.
Kevin J. McPeake BVMS PGDip(CABC) MRCVS
Kevin qualified as a vet from Glasgow University in 2005 and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from Southampton University in 2011. Kevin currently works as part of the Animal Behaviour Clinic team at the University of Lincoln, where he sees canine and feline behaviour referrals and is involved in a study looking at the use of a new canine anti-anxiety medication.
Mrs Caroline Bower BVMS MRCVS
Caroline graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon at The Royal (Dick) Veterinary School in 1981 and after working for several years in mixed practice, joined the Veterinary Hospital Group in 1992, where she worked until retiring in July 2019.
Clinically she treated a broad spectrum of small animal medical and surgical cases, but in addition treated small animal behaviour cases which were referred from within the practice but also from other veterinary practices in Devon and Cornwall. Caroline holds a postgraduate diploma in companion animal behaviour. She believes strongly that the veterinary team has an important part to play in prevention of behaviour problems, as well as identifying those problems which do arise and then ensuring that they receive the diagnosis and treatment they deserve. She is still actively involved with the BVBA committee and recently the BVA Young Vet Network.
Hannah Donovan BSc (Hons) BVM&S MVetSci MSc MRCVS
Social Media Officer
Hannah graduated with a 2.1 Bachelor of Science Honours degree (BSc (Hons)) in Animal Science from the University of Leeds, UK, in 2006. She then went on to study for her veterinary degree, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and qualified as a vet in 2011. During her time at the University of Edinburgh, Hannah also obtained a Masters of Veterinary Science in Canine Behaviour Research (MVetSci). She then worked as a mixed vet in Lincolnshire and during this time, completed a Master of Science in Clinical Animal Behaviour (MSc) at the University of Lincoln, UK, she graduated with distinction in 2013.
Since then, Hannah has worked in small animal practices in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, she has also travelled and volunteered around the world in clinics and shelters, and spent some time working in a large RSPCA hospital and shelter in Sydney, Australia. Hannah has worked as a veterinary surgeon since 2011 and has been seeing behaviour referrals simultaneously since 2013. Hannah has enjoyed providing continued education for vets and vet staff around the world about animal behaviour and how to improve handling and understanding during veterinary visits, rehabilitation of rescued animals or teaching young animals and preventing behaviour issues. Hannah’s aim has always been to improve animals’ quality of life and welfare by continually learning herself and teaching veterinary and shelter staff. Hannah is an ASAB (the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), an ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and registered Veterinary Behaviourist, a Full Member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors), a Committee Member of the FABC (Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians) and a Committee Member of the BVBA (British Veterinary Behaviour Association).
Rachel Malkani MSc (AWSEL) BSc (Hons) LSHC-S CDBC
Veterinary Engagement Officer
Rachel is the Scientific Officer for the PDSA and is also PhD student at the University of Surrey vet school developing the Animal Welfare Assessment Grid for companion dogs. She has both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. She is a certified behaviourist and candidate member of the FABC. Research interests are canine behaviour and welfare, welfare assessment, laboratory animal welfare, and improving mental health in the veterinary profession.
Professor Mandy Roshier BSc(Hons) PhD PGCHE PgCert MA (higher education) MSc (behaviour counselling)SFHEA
Mandy is an assistant professor at the University of Nottingham Vet School teaching anatomy and behaviour. As a member of the School’s foundation team involved in the design of the Nottingham course, she has championed the inclusion of behaviour teaching throughout the curriculum. Mandy completed an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton in 2011. Her interests include an evidence based approach to developing the learning environment.
Nicky Trevorrow BSc (Hons)PG Dip (CABC) RVN
Nicky is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and an Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist.
Nicky works in the Cats Protection’s Veterinary Department as Behaviour Manager, implementing the charity’s strategy to promote feline behaviour and welfare. Nicky is a registered veterinary nurse. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton. She’s a member of the International Cat Care’s Behavioural Advisory Panel and represents Cats Protection on the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.
Lynn Hewison MSc
Lynn works as part of the Animal Behaviour Clinic team at the University of Lincoln. She has an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour and has keen research interests in the areas of problem prevention and treatment protocols in companion animals and also in the welfare and assessment of animals in rescue environments.
Des Thompson OBE
BVBA Support Officer
Des Thompson is a third generation retired veterinary surgeon and was in practice in Earlswood Veterinary Hospital Belfast from 1961 until 2010.
His primary interests in practice were in orthopaedics and spinal surgery. He was a founder member of CABTSG before it changed its name to BVBA. He is married to Rosalie and has 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren.
He has been involved with veterinary professional affairs most of his career and is a Past President of RCVS, BSAVA, SPVS, NIVA and BVBA. He was awarded the OBE for services to the veterinary profession in 1991 and was the first winner of the RCVS Queen’s medal in 2014.
Like Danny Mills he believes very strongly that the major strength of BVBA is the inclusivity of its multi disciplinary membership and is open to all those with an interest in companion animal behaviour.
Benjamin graduated with a BA in Psychology from New York University in 2009. After three years in psychology research, he returned to his main love of animals and entered the veterinary field. Benjamin spent two years as a veterinary nurse in small animal practice in Manhattan before matriculating at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2014. He now lives in Edinburgh with his dogs Remus and Tonks.
Benjamin co-founded the Dick Vet Animal Behaviour Society in 2014. Benjamin’s love of animal behaviour was especially inspired by his dog, Remus, who showed how great an impact positive training and understanding of behaviour can have. Meanwhile, he was seeing the positive impact a veterinarian knowledgeable in behaviour could have on patients and clients. Benjamin pursued further education on behaviour and training in addition to his veterinary studies. Benjamin is working towards his Undergraduate Certificate in Veterinary Medical Education and an AFHEA, with his teaching activities focussed on behaviour education for fellow students and the public.