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Meet the Committee

ACV committee 2018-20

Chair: Ian Futter

Treasurer: Lisa Morrow DipAppChemBiol BMLSc DVM MSc (Vet Epi) DLSHTM MRCVS

Lisa graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, Canada in 2000 and has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Epidemiology from the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to training as a vet, she taught and did research and method development in the field of Medical Laboratory Science.


Lisa has provided services to and been an employee of Cats Protection in various capacities: providing clinical services as a private practitioner, as Head of Veterinary Services from 2003 - 2005, and as Field Veterinary Officer from 2009-2018. She has also worked at the Royal Veterinary College as a research associate for various contract research projects. In 2018, Lisa joined the team at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.


Lisa's professional interests include shelter medicine, clinical epidemiology, evidence-based medicine and feline medicine. She is a member of the BSAVA scientific committee.

Secretary: Bree Merritt BSc BVMS PGDipCABC AFHEA MRCVS  

Bree graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 1998, and immediately made the move to the UK. Her career in shelter medicine started in her first practice, where the practice provided veterinary services to the local RSPCA branch. 

After working in various small animal practices, Bree began working for the RSPCA Birmingham Animal Hospital in 2004. During her time there she gained her PG Dip in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. In 2015 she moved to the University of Nottingham. 

Bree is now the lead vet at Wood Green, the Animals Charity’s Godmanchester centre, for the RVC Shelter Medicine Program. Her main interests are in preventative health (including behaviour), veterinary education and managing the multi animal environment.

Caroline Allen MA VetMB CertSAM MRCVS

Caroline qualified from Cambridge University in 1998 and has worked in corporate, independent and charity practice.

Since January 2016 she has been the London Veterinary Director for the RSPCA, leading Harmsworth and Putney Animal Hospitals and their associated clinics. In 2017 Caroline was elected onto RCVS Council.

Caroline's particular interests are in the area of pragmatic medicine and accessible care.

Samantha Saunders BSc (Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Samantha is a final year PhD student at University of Bristol researching feline coronavirus; the virus that is responsible for feline infectious peritionitis (FIP).

She graduated from the RVC and worked in small animal shelter medicine before spending some time as an anatomy demonstrator and starting her PhD.

Samantha’s interests include feline medicine, shelter medicine, infectious disease and veterinary education.

Sarah Febry BVMedSci

Sarah is a current 4th year Vet Student at the University of Nottingham, with an expected graduation in 2020. Sarah has been involved with the Vets in the Community project since her second year and is keen to pursue a career in some form of Charity Medicine. Sarah’s interests include rabbit medicine, unowned population control and accessible veterinary care both in the UK and abroad.

Jocelyn Toner BVSc MRCVS

Jocelyn graduated from University of Bristol in 1998. She has worked in a variety of charity and commercial settings including providing veterinary service to a large RSPCA centre from 2006 -2017.


Jocelyn joined Cats Protection as the Field Veterinary Officer for the West of England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2017.


She has a houseful of pets including two cats called Ludo and Marble.

Runa Hanaghan

Dawn Smith

Maureen Carnan

Vanessa Cunningham

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