Stephen Baines qualified from Cambridge in 1990, after which he took up an internship at North Carolina State University in the USA and a residency in small animal surgery at Liverpool. He then completed a PhD in tumour immunology at Cambridge followed by a period as clinical surgeon in small animal soft tissue surgery. He is currently a senior lecturer in small animal surgery and head of surgery at the Royal Veterinary College. He is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and an RCVS specialist in small animal surgery.
Clinical practice editorial board
Aiden Foster qualified from Bristol in 1987 and worked in mixed general practice for several years before completing a PhD for studies on allergic skin diseases in cats. He subsequently undertook a residency in veterinary dermatology in the USA and worked at Bristol for seven years. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He has been the editor in chief of the journal Veterinary Dermatology since 2006. He joined the VLA in 2004 and developed an interest in exotic farmed species including camelids (alpacas & llamas) and deer; he worked as a Veterinary Adviser for AHVLA. He is currently a senior teaching fellow in the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol, covering dermatology and farm animal pathology.
Mark Hillyer qualified from Bristol in 1987, where he remained to first work as an equine and farm animal clinician and subsequently completed a residency training programme in equine internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. After sometime as a lecturer at Bristol and on completion of a PhD for studies on equine abdominal disease he moved to Greenwood Ellis and Partners in Newmarket, providing a hospital-based referral service in equine internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. He is currently a partner at Newmarket Equine Hospital, where he provides a referral service in soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. He holds RCVS certificates in equine practice, equine soft tissue surgery and equine internal medicine and is also a diplomate of the European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and Equine Internal Medicine. He is a European Specialist in equine internal medicine and equine soft tissue surgery. He has been a member of the RCVS Equine Board and been both a regular examiner and adviser for the RCVS equine certificates and equine veterinary nursing EVN programme.
Jelena Ristić qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992. She spent six years in general practice, and subsequently undertook a residency in internal medicine at Cambridge. Since then, she has divided her time between clinical work, involving mainly internal medicine, relating both to first-opinion and referral cases, and clinical pathology. She has taught CPD courses for both vets and nurses and has also worked as an examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary courses and undergraduate training for nurses. She currently works part-time as a clinical pathologist for Axiom Veterinary Laboratories, specialising in internal medicine. She holds the RCVS certificates in small animal medicine and veterinary cardiology, and the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine.
Practice management advisory group
Nick Blayney qualified from Liverpool in 1980. He started his professional life in Herefordshire in mainly agricultural practice. After 10 years, he bought a practice in Warwickshire where he remains 20 years later as principal veterinary surgeon of a five-vet mixed practice. His main professional interests are in farm practice, especially herd health planning. During the past 20 years, he has also taken an interest in veterinary politics at a local level, as secretary and president of the Warwickshire Veterinary Club and also on a national level, as secretary of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons. Within the BVA, he has served as a regional representative on council, as chairman of the Member Services Group and then as an officer, holding the office of president in 2007/08. He currently also represents the UK profession within the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe.
Rita Dingwall is the group practice manager of Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates and Milbourn Equine, a seven-centre mixed practice based in Kent, that caters for most species and includes an orthopaedic referral centre. She is former president and regional organiser of the Veterinary Practice Managers Association, and was the VBJ practice manager of the year in 2008. She is a member of the RCVS board on communications.
Peter Gripper qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1980. He became a partner in a mixed practice in Somerset in 1983, where he worked for 22 years before forming Anval, a veterinary practice management company providing financial, management and business services to veterinary practices, where he is managing director. He was on the council of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) for six years, serving as sponsorship coordinator and editor of Cattle Practice, journal of the BCVA. He is a member of the examination board, an examiner for the certificate in veterinary practice management and is an external examiner for the veterinary nursing degree at Bristol.
Ewan McNeill qualified from Glasgow in 1984. He worked in mixed practice for five years in the Midlands before settling in Nottingham where he owns a city centre practice. He has a keen interest in veterinary politics and has been involved in his local BVA division, serving as secretary, programme convenor, president and public relations officer. More recently, he has been heavily involved with the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons for which he was president in 2006/07. He has been a member of the Veterinary Benevolent Fund for the past 14 years. He has lectured on veterinary radiography at a veterinary nursing college and also occasionally teaches at the veterinary school in Nottingham. He is a part-time consultant for Anval. He holds the RCVS certificate in veterinary radiology.