Independent Vetcare chooses to put animals first.
The Clinical Board
An elected group of experienced small animal vets representing the breadth of our workforce, from general practitioners to specialist referral vets. The role of the Clinical Board is to ratify clinical decision making at group level, supporting our ethos of Clinical Excellence. The Board produces materials for our vet and nurse teams to use at their discretion, providing clear guidance whilst allowing complete professional autonomy. Every decision making is focused around these 4 pillars:
- Clinical Board
Alistair Cliff(BVM&S (Dist) CertAVP MRCVS)
Chairman of the Board and Clinical Director, Crown Vets
Alistair is Referral Director at Crown Vets Referrals, a multi-disciplinary clinic based in the Highlands of Scotland, which he founded in 2014. His professional focus is orthopaedic surgery with a growing interest in regenerative cell therapies and the multimodal management of chronic joint pathologies. He has Chaired the Clinical Board since 2015 and has found the position immensely enjoyable, thriving amongst colleagues with a similar enthusiasm for clinical standards. Alistair is part of the Welfare firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Gough(MA VetMB CertSAM CertVC PGCert(Neuroimaging) MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Bath Vet Referrals
Alex graduated in 1996 and is a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine and Veterinary Cardiology. He is Head of Referrals at Bath Veterinary Referrals which he founded in 2007, and he sees referrals in medicine, cardiology and neurology. He is the author of numerous articles in the veterinary press, has contributed book chapters to various BSAVA manuals and is the co-author of the textbooks Differential Diagnosis in Small Animal Medicine and Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats, which have been widely translated and are in their second and third editions respectively. He has an interest in evidence-based medicine and patient email@example.com
Chris Artingstall(BVSc MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Rowe Vet Group
Chris Artingstall has worked for the Rowe Veterinary Group since graduating from the Liverpool Vet School in 1984. His special interests include exotic animal medicine and surgery and as well as being a dog and cat lover, he is known for seeing many reptiles, tortoises and all sorts of small furry pets. He is a very experienced surgeon with good technical skills in theatre, so is able to mend fractures and other difficult operations such as ligament firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Tweedle(BVetMed MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Bath Vet Group
Dave qualified from the Royal Veterinary College and works as a General Practitioner in a busy first opinion practice in Somerset. Having completed a qualification in Business Management, Dave joined the team of Clinical Directors at Bath Vet Group. He also holds a position in the Independent Vetcare Clinical Director Support team. Having the opportunity to have a seat on the Clinical Board enables Dave to bring his clinical knowledge and business management interests together in one email@example.com
Edward Davies(BVSc MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Cheshire Pet
Edward is GP small animal vet having qualified from Bristol University in 1992. He spent time in mixed and small animal practice until he started his own practice in 1998. He sold CheshirePet in 2012, but has remained there as Clinical Director, with an interest in client/customer care and general surgery (including laparoscopy).
Edward was elected to the Clinical Board in 2016 and has more recently been involved in the Welfare sub-committee, dealing with issues such as the illegal puppy trade and working with breeders. He is one of a group of Support Clinical Directors who are available to help other Clinical Directors where necessary.
Jamie McClement(BVSc CertSAS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery, MRCVS)
Senior Referral Surgeon, Abington Park Veterinary Group
Orthopaedic and Soft tissue Surgeon.
Jamie graduated from Liverpool Veterinary School in 2001, and came to Abington Park from Glasgow in 2008. In 2009 he obtained the RCVS certificate in Small Animal Surgery, and in 2014 was awarded Advanced Practitioner status. His areas of interest are joint surgery, management of osteoarthritis and reconstructive /oncological surgery. Jamie is currently enrolled on the MSc degree in musculoskeletal science, run by UCL and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. At home he enjoys fencing, photography and running, and owns a badly behaved cat.
Joanne Patrick(BVSc Cert SAO MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Park View Veterinary Hospital
Joanne qualified from Bristol University and worked in mixed and small practice prior to joining Park View in 1995 and became a partner in 2004. Joanne's main interests are in orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery and dentistry. She owns a 3-legged terrier called Lily and in her spare time she enjoys horse riding, going to the gym, and firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal Veterinary Surgeon, Rowe Vet Group
Kate graduated with honours from the University of Bristol. After a brief spell working in the University large animal department she joined us at our Yate branch. Although Kate is interested in many aspects of mixed practice, she has a particular interest in small animal medicine.
Kate also holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.
Sally Schroeder(BVetMed MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Berry House Vets
Sally has worked at Berry House since she graduated in 1999. She holds Certificates in Small Animal Surgery and in Veterinary Acupuncture. Her main interests lie in Soft Tissue and Laparoscopic surgery. Her spare time is taken up with her horses, Ballroom and Latin American dancing with her email@example.com
Stephen Collins(BVetMed, DVC, MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology.
Stephen qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1991 and has worked in mixed, small animal and referral practice. His interest in cardiology led to CertVC in 1997 and ultimately to RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2012. Stephen is a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and a Clinical Director at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists in Ringwood, Hampshire, where he leads one of the biggest and most comprehensive veterinary cardiology services in the country. Outside of work, Stephen enjoys spending time with the family, walking in the New Forest with his 2 labradors, listening to music, and travelling when he gets the chance.
Richard Hillman(BVSc CertVA MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Hillman Vets
Richard qualified from Liverpool University in 1982 and started in his “seeing practice” small animal foster practice straight away. After eighteen months he moved to a mixed practice in Derbyshire to complete the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia. Richard set up a small animal practice in the West Midlands, which grew organically through acquisition and merger to the 6 branches that became part of the IVC Group in 2014.
Richard has always had a keen interest in representational veterinary politics and had the honour of being SPVS President in 2008/9. He has continued to be involved in promoting all aspects of General Veterinary Practice, but particularly small animal practice and the training and support of newly qualified vets. He speaks each year at the Lancaster Seminar for final year vet students under the title “Small is beautiful”.
As a survivor of a depressive episode he does all he can to promote mental wellbeing in his co-workers and wider profession, especially in debunking the stigma associated with poor mental health.
Richard is part of the Clinical Director Support Group and Clinical Excellence Working Party, working to support our clinical teams in the UK and Europe as they deliver the standards of care that our clients expect and patients deserve.
Sarah Colegrave(MA VetMB BSAVA PGCertSAECC MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Millhouse Vets
Qualifying from Cambridge in 1989, Sarah has spent most of her career working at Mill House Veterinary Hospital in King's Lynn. After several years working part time while she had young children, she returned to full time work, completing her Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care and becoming Clinical Director when the practice joined IVC in 2016. Sarah particularly enjoys critical care, laparoscopy, anaesthesia and soft tissue surgery. “I am interested in how being part of a large group can help raise clinical standards through sharing best practice and can ensure we fulfil the potential of our vets and nurses”. Sarah was elected to the Clinical Board in 2018 and sits on the Patient Safety firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Knott(BSc (Hons) BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS Veterinary Ophthalmologist)
Clinical Director, Rowe Vet Group
Tim graduated in Anatomic Science and then in Veterinary Science, winning prizes for Animal Husbandry and Small Animal Surgery, and the RVC’s Fitzwygram prize. Tim holds an RCVS certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology and runs our ophthalmology referral unit as well as being clinical lead at our Thornbury practice. He is interested in all aspects of mixed practice but particularly in ophthalmology, exotic animal medicine and surgery, and fish email@example.com
Tom Bury(BVSc PgCSAS MRCVS)
Clinical Director, Rowe Vet Group
Qualifying from the University of Liverpool in 2009 with distinction, Tom spent two years in mixed practice before finding his way to the South West and the Rowe Vet Group. Here he was able to follow his interest in small animal surgery. In 2014 he completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and subsequently gained recognition as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery. In 2014 he was given the opportunity to take on his first Clinical Directorship at the recently acquired Winterbourne Vets, in Bristol. Having enjoyed the challenge and successfully grown the business from one to three and a half vets, he returned to Rowe Vet Group, a multi-disciplinary referral and first opinion practice, as a Clinical Director, in 2016, whilst continuing to oversee Winterbourne Vets. “I relish all aspects of veterinary work, especially forming a trusted relationship with my regular clients and patients and facing the surgical challenges we see within the practice. I joined the Clinical Board in 2016 and am involved in the Purchasing sub-committee, helping to ratify decisions on product purchasing and giving input as a clinician in practice”. Tom also fulfils one of the Clinical Director Support roles, available to offer support to new and current CDs where firstname.lastname@example.org