Chris was brought up surrounded by animals in Hampshire. After an Agricultural and Environmental Science degree at Newcastle and a year working in Zambia Chris eventually qualified from Glasgow in 1999 aged 30. He spent a year in mixed practice before moving to Newbury to concentrate on equine work which he continues to do to this day. Chris has worked with veterinary projects in India and Africa and is currently Senior Vice President of the RCVS having been on the Council since 2009. He heads up the Innovation stream at the RCVS and serves on several boards aligned with his values.