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Mr Christopher Laurence

Christopher Laurence
  • Location: Wiltshire
  • Year of Fellowship: 2017
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to the Profession

Field of work

Charities and trusts

Areas of special interest

  • Animal welfare

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • One Health Agenda
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Public engagement

Professional positions

  • In addition to the charities noted above Chris is Treasurer of Animal Behaviour and Training Council, a trustee of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire and Treasurer of Tytherton Village Hall


  • MBE - services to animal welfare
  • Queens Volunteer Reserves Medal - merritorious service to reserve forces
  • BSAVA JA Wight Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to companion animal welfare


Chris Laurence qualified from Bristol and went immediately into practice.

After a year of mixed practice he moved to Chippenham and small animal practice.

In 1998 he was appointed Chief Veterinary Officer of the RSPCA and subsequently moved to Dogs Trust in 2003 as their Veterinary Director.

Chris retired in 2011 and has since been active in a number of animal welfare charities. He is currently Chair of the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation, a trustee of his local RSPCA Branch and Chair of the South West RSPCA Regional Board. Chris is also Chair of the Canine and Feline Sector Group of the England Animal Health and Welfare Board.

Chris was awarded the MBE for services to animal welfare in 2007.

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