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.

Sarah Febry BVMedSci

Sarah is a currently a final 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.

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.

Maureen Carnan BVMS MRCVS

Maureen graduated from Glasgow University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She worked in farm animal practice near Glasgow until 2005 when she then moved on to small animal practice, providing clinical services to the nearby affiliated Cats Protection Adoption Centre.


Maureen returned to Glasgow Vet School in 2015 as a lecturer and clinical supervisor. In this role she has worked alongside PDSA, Scottish SPCA, Cats Protection and Dogs Trust to deliver primary care, charity and shelter medicine teaching opportunities. She helped to set up and launch the Glasgow branch of Streetvet in 2019.

Maureen’s interests are clinical reasoning, pragmatic decision making and shelter medicine.

Runa Hanaghan

Runa qualified from Bristol University and works for Dogs Trust as the Deputy Veterinary Director, she has been in this role since joining the charity in 2011.

Her background within an adaptable and pragmatic approach to veterinary decisions began when she set up and ran a sole charge veterinary practice in rural Ireland. The work was incredibly rewarding and very much focussed on supporting a community in the care of their much-loved pets, running campaigns and education elements focussed on welfare. Moving to the UK, Runa then took up a position at Bristol University as the Clinical Lead in the first opinion veterinary practice (small animal) and teaching the final year vet students their clinical and life (communication) skills.

At Dogs Trust, Runa is responsible for the Veterinary Department which supports the organisation in guiding clinical decisions, biosecurity and relationships between the charity and veterinary practices that work alongside the organisation. Shelter Medicine and welfare underpins the approach that is taken every day by the team at Dogs Trust and previous roles provided a grounding in pragmatic decision making where access to resources may be varied. The role at Dogs Trust is extremely varied and includes developing veterinary protocols, patient safety processes and setting up an overseas veterinary surgery training course in Bosnia alongside Dogs Trust Worldwide.

Runa has had a great interest in veterinary learning, pragmatic decision making based on welfare as well as the positive effect that a patient safety approach can have in our day to day work. She was a contributor to two chapters in the BSAVA Manual of Shelter Medicine and has enjoyed being a member of the ACV community since it was founded.

Dawn Smith

Ali Limentani

Hollie Barnes

Hollie is a 4th year Veterinary student at the University of Bristol, and is hoping to graduate in 2021.

She has a keen interest in charity medicine and animal welfare, and is hoping to pursue a career in this area upon graduation. Her family has been a foster family for the RSPCA since 2009, helping to look after and socialise a wide variety of animals before they are adopted into their forever homes.

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