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Meet the Committee

ACV committee 2023


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, FHEA 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 grant awarding committee.

She teaches Shelter Medicine and is part of the Vets in the Community team.

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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.

Declaration of interests: works for RVC at Woodgreen Animal Shelter

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.  

Declaration of interest: works for Cats Protection

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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.

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)! 

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Isobel McCarroll 

Isobel qualified from University College Dublin in 2009 and has worked mostly in charity practice ever since, at Blue Cross and in her current role at Cats Protection as Field Veterinary Officer. She is also a regular Street Vet volunteer. 


Isobel’s interests include infectious disease management in shelters, and pragmatic medicine and she is ably assisted at work by her one-eyed rescue cat Bobby.

Declaration of interests: works for Cats Protection

Lauren Guthrie-Murray

​I qualified as a vet in 2010 in Glasgow and worked for 3 years in Devon as a mixed animal practitioner. I then moved back home to Scotland and worked for 3 years in private practice as a small animal vet. I started working with the SSPCA as a charity vet in 2016 and since then have continued to thoroughly enjoy shelter medicine and all of the variety and challenges it offers. In my spare time I run a small holding at our farm looking after my sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs and cats. I enjoy partaking in sports including Crossfit and football. When I find a spare minute I love playing piano, reading, dog walking and cooking.

Declaration of interests: works for SSPCA

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Emma Dobson 

I graduated from Nottingham in 2016 and started my career in a wonderful first opinion hospital whereby I took on a lot of RSPCA charity work. After two years I undertook a rotating internship at Cambridge. After finishing this I spent some time doing locum shelter work which led me to making some fantastic contacts! I then took on the role of First Opinion Veterinary Surgeon at QVSH. Here I have pushed the implementation of 2x 1 week first opinion rotations based largely at our local RSPCA centre. We work with multiple local charities and aim to provide as much student exposure to charity based primary care practice as possible. I am passionate about charity practice/accessible veterinary care and utilising this as a teaching resource. 

Victoria Henry 

Coming soon.....

Paul Andrew Enyon 

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