About Us

The Society for Practising Veterinary Surgeons (SPVS Ltd) can trace its origins back to 1933, when the Veterinary Practitioners’ League was formed, later  becoming the first specialist division of what was then the National Veterinary Medical Association (now the BVA). It championed the interests of practitioners, helping to secure their involvement in the emerging State Veterinary Service as Local Veterinary Inspectors (LVIs). In spite of its name, it attracted membership from across the profession including research workers, officers of local and other authorities, and several professors.

Over the next 20 years it began to focus on the effective running of veterinary enterprises, with a 1957 report concluding that it should be on sound business and ethical lines.  SPVS, as it was then, sought to lead by example and that remains the focus today.

SPVS Board

President Nick Lloyd BVSc MRCVS

After qualifying at Bristol University, I joined a mixed practice in Devon in 2002, becoming a partner 2004. I moved away from practice in 2018 and I spent 2 years with IVC in their IT Dept. During my Presidential Year I am working as a locum and setting up a Veterinary IT Consultancy to support practices in their use of technology.
Clinically my interests still are dermatology and client communication.
During my limited time away from work and SPVS, my interests are sailing, dancing and hockey, and spending time with my growing family. Within SPVS my main role as been as chair of the Vet XML Consortium, working to improve the transfer of data between practice and industry.

SVP, Anna Judson BVSc MSc MRCVS
Graduated Liverpool 1987. MSc in Nature Conservation 1989 UCL. Partner in mixed practice 1990-2013.
Partner/Director of SA only practice until practice sale in 2018 to CVS.  Semi retired SA vet. Past SPVS Public Relations Officer, past SPVS Practice Standards Rep. Interests include practice standards, equality and diversity and sustainability within the veterinary sphere.

JVP & CPD Officer Andrew Parker BVetMed DBR MRCVS

Catriona Curtis BVM&S MRCVS.
Graduated 2004 from Edinburgh, 7 years in mixed and small animal practice. Moved to pharmaceutical industry in 2011 – 2017 to work for Bayer Animal Health as veterinary adviser. 2017 – present Veterinary Talent Manager, The Pets at Home Vet Group.  MSO and CPD officer and organiser of the Lancaster student seminar 2012 – 2017.  SPVS President 2019-20. Trustee of the SPVS Educational Trust.

Board Chair, Kathleen Robertson BVM&S CertVA MRCVS
My interests are Veterinary politics and ensuring fair representation, ensuring independent practice has a voice, widening access and participation to the profession, supporting the profession at all stages of career.
I’m currently Senior Vice President of Scottish Branch of the BVA.

Honorary Treasurer, Sue Jennings BVSc MRCVS
Graduated from Bristol in 1986 and after a couple of years in mixed and SA practice joined Towcester Veterinary Centre in 1988 becoming a partner in 1994. I was a SA clinician for 25 years then, for the last few years before retirement, I managed our 22 vet mixed practice comprising a SA hospital and farm practice, a SA practice and 2 equine practices. I joined Council in 2013 and organised SPVS Scubascene in 2014.

Leigh-Anne Brown BVMS MRCVS, Honorary Editor
Graduated from University of Glasgow in 2000, first opinion GP vet ever since. Joint Venture Partner at Vets4Pets Harrogate since 2008. SPVS Hon. Editor, keenly interested in diversity and inclusion challenges within the profession and beyond, and supporting practitioners in practice.

After graduating from Glasgow in 2002 I went into mixed practice for 2 years before focusing on small animal work. Through a process of merger and acquisition I  ran the main hospital in a 14 site mixed practice with 8 directors until it’s sale to CVS in 2017. I was awarded a PgC in small animal surgery in 2015 and  have been on SPVS Council since 2014.  My current role is Hub clinical leader for CVS in the Midlands helping develop practices, in particular  consulting and surgical skills.

Ben Sweeney BVSc MSc CertAVP MRCVS
I am a 2008 University of Liverpool graduate and have worked in almost every aspect of clinical practice, from mixed in Northumberland to a companion animal referral centre in the North West. I have always been interested in technology and using it to the benefit of the profession and pet people. In 2016 I founded Simply Locums, a digital locum networking platform to connect locums and practices directly without middle men. Following sale and exit from that business, I am the founder of VidiVet: a digital pet people support platform designed to provide personalised, specific advice in place of internet searches and social media advice. I believe that technology has a huge role to play in the future of our profession, but that it should be used to support practices and our teams not to replace them. I was keen to join the SPVS board in 2019 because of the positive impact that my experiences with the organisation had on me both as a student and working vet. Long may that continue for the generations to come!

Liz Barton MA VetMB MRCVS
I graduated in 2004 and have enjoyed a varied career including mixed practice, SA internship, ECC work and shelter medicine. I setup the free online resource hub, Vetsnet, in 2017 to increase accessibility of support initiatives to all members of the profession and including Vet Mums and Vet Sports communities. In 2018 I co-founded WellVet, organising sports and wellbeing events for the profession. My main interests are wellbeing and parenting in the profession and I am involved in the SPVS-Mindmatters Wellbeing Awards.

Silvia Janska BSc(Hons) MSc BVetMed CertVBM MRCVS
I obtained a BSc in Veterinary Science and a MSc in Wild Animal Biology prior to graduation with a vet degree from RVC in 2014. Throughout my 8-year education at the RVC, I also worked in their e-Media department on various projects that enhanced student learning. After graduating I completed an equine internship and a Certificate in Veterinary Business Management at Liverpool University. My portfolio career spans between working as an ambulatory equine vet, consulting for animal health startups, and helping the veterinary profession better understand flexible working opportunities by co-founding the Flexee initiative.

Pete Orpin  BVSc MRCVS
My key focus areas are improving cattle health, lecturing and business consultancy.
I worked for 35 years as veterinary surgeon at the Park Vet Group in Leicestershire, UK and developed particular skills in data management, preventive medicine and leadership.  My career started working at the practice in 1984 joining a small team of 4 vets and 6 support staff and helped build a winning team that took the business to a 115 people business with 7 business operations working over 4 geographic locations.
In 1999 I became President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association and developed a keen interest in Health Planning and in practice research with the publication of a wide range of articles, receiving the BCVA Tuckey award for best paper by a practitioner three times. My interest in health planning resulted in the development of Myhealthyherd, a web based health planning program for farmers and vets used by over 3000 dairy farms in the UK.
In 2016 I was awarded Dairy Vet of the Year at the Cream Awards
In the last 25 years more time has been devoted to helping other veterinary businesses thrive as a consultant within Anval Ltd.
In recent years I have been working on a National Johne’s Management Plan which will have engaged over 95% of UK farmers in robust control plans by the end of 2020.

Vicki Farbon MA Vet MB GPCert (SAM) PgC SADI MRCVS
I graduated from Cambridge in 2003 and have worked in the same independent practice in Bedford ever since. Initially it was a mixed practice and over the years has become a small animal and exotic practice. During my time I gained my GP cert in small animal medicine and I am currently and advanced practitioner in small animal diagnostic imaging.
I became a director of the business in 2013 and a shareholder in 2018. Alongside the clinical work I have a passion for business development, responsible leadership, promoting financial literacy within the practice and encouraging an excellent standard of EMS .
Out of work I have two young boys which keep me busy and I enjoy long distance running and strength training. I joined the SPVS board in 2021 in the hope I can make a difference and inspire and encourage more young women to join the organisation.