Meet the Committee

ACV committee 2021


Chair: Ian Futter BVMS MRCVS

Ian qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1992 and went into mixed practice in the Glasgow area.

He moved to the Scottish SPCA in 1999, as part of a small team to provide in-house Veterinary treatment to animals at Glasgow Dog and Cat Home. He is now Chief Veterinary Officer with and advises Senior Management on Veterinary related matters and to run the Veterinary Department.

Ian has been practising Shelter Medicine in Scotland (since before he knew it had a name!) and he lectures at the University in Glasgow.

Ian is married, lives in the West End of Glasgow and has two teenage daughters and a very lazy three-legged cat.

He has been involved in Welfare Casework for the Society for the last 16 years.

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.

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Secretary: Bree Merritt BSc BVMS PGDipCABC FHEA 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. She is also currently studying for a Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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.

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Sarah Febry BVMedSci BVM BVS MRCVS

Sarah is a recent graduate from the University of Nottingham currently working for the PDSA. Sarah was involved with the Vets in the Community project during her time at university 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 and working as a Veterinary Field officer for Cat Protection. She currently works at an RSPCA animal centre as well doing the occasional shift at the PDSA. She has a houseful of pets including three cats called Ludo, Marble and Bear.


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 BVSc PgDip SSRM MRCVS

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.


Fiona Brockbank

Fiona qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 2008 and spent 10 years in small animal practice in Scotland before joining Cats Protection in 2018. Her previous work included being a branch vet for CP, SSPCA work, PDSA, Vets Now and Pet Blood Bank.  Her current position at Cats Protection is Field Veterinary Officer for Scotland and the North of England.  Outside of work her spare time is taken up with family activities with her three young children.  She also has a cat called Rosie and a Dalmatian called Rollo.  

Ali Limentani BSc(Hons) PGDipCABC MA AFHEA RVN

Ali started working in the kennels at Wood Green as a teenager. She went on to study animal behaviour to post-graduate level, while training as a veterinary nurse and working part-time in the surgery at Wood Green. She has been an RVN for over 10 years and still works one day per week at Wood Green, splitting the rest of her time between working as a Veterinary Radiographer at Cambridge University’s Queens Vet School Hospital and running her own illustration business.

Her interests include shelter medicine, low-stress handling, imaging and veterinary illustration.

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Laura Davies

Laura is a second year accelerated graduate entry vet student at the University of Bristol. Prior to starting vet school she spent 10 years working in rehoming shelters and as a veterinary assistant in both charity hospitals and ECC practices. 


Laura is passionate about both animal welfare and education, along with having an interest of some of the more unusual species that seem to be becoming more common as pets (and in practice)!