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Nuala graduated from the University of Edinburgh Veterinary School in 1998. Following graduation, she spent four years at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where she completed a residency in Veterinary Cardiology.

Nuala has spent the past 15 years working as a cardiology specialist assisting veterinary surgeons in the diagnosis and treatment of their canine and feline patients with heart disease. These invaluable experiences and professional interactions have served to highlight the importance of collaborative care as the key to improved patient outcomes.

Recognising the need to make specialist veterinary healthcare more easily accessible and available through a real-time, collaborative and educational digital platform, Nuala created Virtual Veterinary Specialists (vvs.vet) in 2017.

Through VVS, Nuala hopes to continue to create and develop ideas, products and services that solve real problems, positively impact the lives of veterinary professionals, owners and pets worldwide, and help shape the future of specialist veterinary healthcare.

Chris and his family share their home with three dogs, two cats, two gerbils, six fish, two goats, two sheep and a dozen chickens and they talk to all of them! Chris received his veterinary degree from Glasgow, and is the outgoing President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He runs Coach House Vets, an equine and family pet veterinary practice in Berkshire. Chris is a passionate educator committed to making the lives of pets and their owners the best they can be.

Read our latest interview with Chris where he discusses the challenges faced by the veterinary profession.

Mike graduated from Edinburgh University in 2004 and spent the next three and half years working in a small animal practice in Peterborough and Suffolk. He developed a keen interest in veterinary ophthalmology and completed the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2008. Mike was awarded the European Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology, and is now a recognised European Specialist in the field. Mike is a member of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and his clinical interests include all aspects of microsurgery.

Tristan cares for family pets at his Surrey veterinary surgery Chertsey Vets. After qualifying from Cambridge University in 2005, Tristan went straight into practice, working at mixed practices based in Suffolk and Kent. He completed a small animal surgical internship and a further year of specialist training at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital where he began working in the field of emergency medicine and surgery.

With over 25 years' experience as a dog behaviourist and trainer, Mark helps dog owners manage their pets' behaviour by using positive, modern, force-free methods. Mark runs puppy socialisation and obedience classes for County Councils, rescue and rehoming centres. Mark teaches canine behaviour and body language to school children, in order to help the next generation to understand dogs. His aim is to help people on a one-to-one basis, using a professional and safe approach, with kind, fair and effective methods of behavioural modification.

Nick Jones knows dogs and dog behaviour, and helps pet owners understand and resolve any challenges that might exist. Nick helps with issues such as dog aggression, jumping up, pulling, non-recall, nervous behaviour, chewing, separation anxiety, biting and nipping, excessive barking and puppy visits. Nick is also a Dog Expert Witness and assesses dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Read our interview to discover more about Nick and his valuable work with dogs.

Celia Haddon is an accomplished author and expert on cat behaviour, and regularly appears on radio and in newspapers and magazines. As the Daily Telegraph’s pet agony aunt from l997-2007, she dealt with about 100,000 queries about all kinds of animals. Her book, One Hundred Ways for a Cat to Train Its Human, sold almost half a million copies in the UK. She has a masters degree in clinical animal behaviour (ie. cat and dog problems) and is a cat behaviour specialist. Her website, catexpert.co.uk, has free advice on cats, dogs and small pets. She rehabilitates difficult kittens – some videos can be seen on her Youtube channel. Celia lives with her two cats, Tilly and Toby, who rule the roost.

Liz qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2004, and has worked in mixed practice in the Lake District, completed a small animal internship, and she now works in shelter medicine and emergency critical care. Her special interests are diagnostic imaging and cytology. Liz recently set up Vetsnet, a social enterprise resource website to promote wellbeing within the veterinary profession. She is a CatDogFish purist, with two dogs, a tail-less cat, and pond full of Koi carp.

Katie Hickey

BVetMed MRCVS

Katie trained at Royal Veterinary College in London and her job as a veterinarian has taken her all over the world from the UK, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Italy and Brussels. She is now practising in South London at a small animal clinic. Katie has a special interest in acupuncture and is registered with the British Veterinary Acupuncture Association. Acupuncture is most commonly used for animals suffering with chronic pain conditions in the hope that it improves their quality of life.

Combining her love of animals with commercial expertise, Clare started working for the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) in 2007, initially as Operations Director and then as Chief Executive in 2013. The NAWT is an independent rescue and rehoming charity which promotes responsible pet ownership. In 2015, it became the first rescue organisation in the UK to implement the Open Paw Shelter Programme for dogs and cats. Since owning her first rescue dog in 1999, Clare has immersed herself in the world of dog training and behaviour. She instructs at her local dog training club from Puppy Training to Advanced Competitive Obedience classes as well as 1:1 behaviour sessions. Clare is working towards accreditation in the KCAI Scheme and takes part in Obedience Competitions with her German Shepherd and Staffie.

Read more about the work at the National Animal Welfare Trust in our latest article on their successful Open Paw rehoming initiative.

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