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Prof John Innes

John Innes
  • Location: Cheshire
  • Year of Fellowship: 2016
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Knowledge

Field of work

Clinical practice (private)

Areas of special interest

  • Orthopaedics
  • Specialist services

Areas of support

  • Innovation in professional practice
  • Professional mentoring
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Public engagement
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Chief Veterinary Officer, CVS Veterinary Group Plc
  • Chair of RCVS Fellowship Board
  • Honorary Professor of Veterinary Surgery, University of Liverpool
  • Veterinary Medical Director, Veterinary Tissue Bank Ltd
  • Founding Shareholder, Fusion Implants


  • BSAVA’s ‘Simon Award’ for ‘outstanding contributions to small animal surgery’


Professor John Innes graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1991. He moved to Bristol Vet School working there for 10 years. Whilst there he completed his postgraduate surgery training and received a PhD from the Rheumatology Unit of the Bristol Medical School before becoming a lecturer in small animal orthopaedics.

He became a RCVS-recognised Specialist in 2001 having passed his RCVS diploma in 2000.

In 2001, he was appointed Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liverpool. His research focussed on comparative musculoskeletal sciences and he also led the development of the Small Animal Teaching Hospital at Leahurst. John was Head of Department of Musculoskeletal Biology in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences from 2011 to 2013.

He joined CVS Group plc in 2013 as Referrals Director and member of the company Executive. As Referrals Director, he was responsible for overseeing the development of the company’s specialist referral centres. John is now Chief Veterinary Officer CVS and is responsible for quality improvement and specialist veterinary services across the group.

John has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers, chaired the BSAVA Scientific Committee, and has acted on behalf of RCVS in a number of capacities, including veterinary school accreditation.

In 2016, John was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for ‘meritorious contributions to knowledge’. John was elected Chair of the RCVS Fellowship Board in 2019.

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