Our Trustees

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Claire 

Hodgson

BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS 

Trustee & Chair

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Claire qualified as a vet from RVC in 2000 and has worked in most areas of first option work, starting in mixed practice before spending 12 years in equine practice where she gained her CertAVP (Equine Medicine). A diagnosis of ME/CFS in 2016 played a large part in her decision in 2018 to transition back to small animal practice in the role of locum. 

In 2018, Claire co-founded the Veterinary Spoonholders UK Facebook group, out of which BVICS arose. She has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021, and currently serves as Chair.

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Olivia
Nathan

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Trustee & Vice-Chair

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Olivia has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021, and currently serves as Vice-Chair.

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Albert 
Holgate

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Trustee & Treasurer

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Albert has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021.

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Jane
Davidson

MA RVN GradDipVN DTLLS IQA PgCert(Clin Ed) 

Trustee 

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Jane is an RVN who has worked in private and charity practice. Health issues moved her into education which she adored and resulted in her publishing a book for students. Currently she is researching a PhD in veterinary history. 

 

Jane has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021.

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Francesca Marrable

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Trustee 

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Francesca has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021.

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Ruth 

Cawston

MA VetMB CertAVP(SAM) MRCVS

Trustee & Head of Content

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Ruth qualified as a vet from Cambridge in 2014 and has worked in first opinion small animal practice since then. She is particularly interested in internal medicine, and in 2020 gained Advanced Practitioner status in Small Animal Medicine. She is also a freelance veterinary writer.

In 2018, Ruth co-founded the Veterinary Spoonholders UK Facebook group, out of which BVICS arose. She has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021, and currently serves as Head of Content.

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Colin
Caper

BVetMed BSc Cert VA Cert LAS MRCVS

Trustee & Secretary

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A graduate of RVC in 1992, Colin has worked in first opinion practice, referral medicine, industry, contract research and in universities. He has interests in anaesthesia and pharmacology and their realisation through the lens of health economics. Topics of equality, diversity and inclusion are a further interest and the improved representation of socioeconomically disadvantaged groups.

Colin has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021, and currently serves as Secretary. 

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Samantha
Butler-Davies

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Trustee 

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Samantha has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021.

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Alexander 
Gorman

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Trustee 

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Alexander has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021.

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Jade
Urquart-Gilmore

BVetMed MRCVS BSc

Trustee 

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Jade graduated from RVC in 2021 and is currently working in a first opinion small animal practice in Surrey. She has a particular interest in environmental and professional sustainability as well as improving student experience.

 

Jade has been a trustee since the charity's creation in 2021.