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Dr Sinéad Bennett


Candidate 2 of 14

Proposers: Dr Shelley (Anna Michelle) Cook, Professor John Innes

Contact details

M 07920 826 060
E [email protected]

Candidate biography

Sinead Bennett, 2024 RCVS Council election candidate I qualified from Dick Vet in 2008 and started in mixed practice, before moving in to out-of-hours work. After a period as a locum, I took on a role as Clinical Director of a CVS multi-site clinic, followed by a large hospital. In 2018 I took on the role of Hub Clinical Lead where, as part of an amazing team, I was able to inspire others with my passion for high clinical standards and improve the services we offered across the group – gaining RCVS Knowledge Awards for the small animal division in 2021 and highly commended in 2022. This most recent role brought me into contact with vets and nurses from all sorts of backgrounds, serving communities of all types, and working in practices of all shapes and sizes. I have now returned to locum work whilst I set up my own practice.

Due to my diverse experience I have come to really understand the challenges faced by many different types of practice and how the work of the Royal College impacts on the day to day work that vets and nurses perform.

I am a member of SPVS, BVA and BSAVA and I have a young daughter.

Candidate statement 

Standing for Council was always something of a distant thought for me, something that those ‘other’ vets might do. However, in the last year several vets I greatly respect have suggested I run, so here I am. I’ve realised that, much like having children, often the time is never “right”. A current Council member encouraged me think about the positive impact I could have, this conversation inspired me to stand this year.

I’m a “say it like it is” sort of person, I will ask the awkward questions and I will challenge the dogma. I’m genuine and honest and have learned that life sometimes calls for a grey area. Whilst working in a veterinary corporate I gained a reputation for saying what needed to be said, even when that may have been unpopular with those in charge.

As I look to open my own practice, I’m seeing the challenges in the profession from both corporate and independent viewpoints. I want to ensure that there are voices in the room that are common sense voices; voices that say, “hold on, have we thought about the impact of that decision on vets and nurses in real day to day practice?”

I believe that how we communicate change is supremely important, this is where I feel my experience could make an impact.

I believe in a culture of honesty, openness and integrity, admitting to mistakes and talking about them; encouraging others to do the same. I’m an evidence-based vet who is respectful of the stance of others, happy to explain why I make the decisions I make and eager to listen to what others have to say. I will always choose what I feel is right over what is easy.

I would be truly honoured to be a voice on Council.