Mr David Catlow


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Address and contact details

Blue Cross, Shilton Road, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4PF

T 01993 825670

M 07801 318567



Candidate biography

David Catlow graduated from Liverpool Vet School in 1987 then worked in practice for 28 years as a farm animal and equine veterinary surgeon at Oakhill Veterinary Centre, Lancashire during which time the practice grew from 4 to 20+ vets, with equine, farm & small animal divisions, working with a large team from new graduates to European Specialists.

A former President of Lancashire Veterinary Association, Chairman of BVA’s Veterinary Policy Group and Past-President of BVA and member of RCVS Council since 2010, he has gained considerable experience in veterinary affairs, representing the veterinary profession to government and the media in both UK and overseas.

He was a member of Defra’s core group during the 2007 FMD outbreak.

He has served on all the major RCVS Committees including:

  • Chairman Standards Committee & Member RCVS Operational Board 2014-17
  • Chairman Day One Competences Working Party
  • Specialisation Working Party

He is currently serving on Education Committee.

In 2015 he joined Blue Cross as Clinical Director contributing to the strategic direction and delivery of veterinary services through their charity hospitals, but also expanding services to reach wider geographical areas through partnership with private practice.

He is an advisor for Lloyd & Whyte Insurance services.

Candidate manifesto

RCVS has implemented significant change in recent years and now has a clear strategy, including delivering on elements of the excellent Vet Futures initiative developed and launched in collaboration with BVA.

Maintaining momentum on delivery of the priorities within the plan is essential.

Advancing Standards is a core purpose of RCVS activity and the profession is to be applauded for the way it has developed new treatments and expertise. RCVS also has a responsibility to ensure that the profession meets the public’s needs and puts animal welfare at the heart of our thinking, by developing a framework for delivery of veterinary services that are accessible for all animal owners.

I am keen, therefore, for RCVS to “shape” the thinking of both universities and veterinary practices, so as to improve sustainability and encourage the supply, delivery and uptake of veterinary services to the public.

Key elements of this include:

Developing more affordable veterinary education whilst maintaining omni-potential and diverse career opportunities for veterinary graduates.

Improving the transition into employment for recent veterinary graduates

A fundamental review of the relationship between educators and practices that will develop opportunities of mutual benefit and provide improved graduate outcomes.

Enhancing the role of RVNs in the practice team in a nurse practitioner role.

Increasing the uptake of veterinary services by members of the public who don’t currently engage with our industry; by embracing technologies that simplify and enhance client interaction with veterinary practice.

I wish to see RCVS play a stronger leading role in facilitating opportunities for change in the veterinary profession.

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