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Dr Kit Sturgess

Dr Kit Sturgess, RCVS Council election candidate 2021MA VetMB PhD CertVR CertVC DSAM FRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Cardiology

Candidate 11 of 14

Proposers: Dr Mariella Miller, Dr Ian Nicholson

Contact details

39 New Forest Drive, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QT

T 01590 623 033

M 07974 017 303


Candidate biography

I have had an exciting, fulfilling and diverse carer spending 6 years in first opinion practice moving from mixed through equine to 100% small animals. During this time I gained my certificate in radiology. Returning to university, I spent the next 10 years teaching and learning at Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College gaining my PhD, certificate in cardiology and diploma in small animal medicine. Following a brief period in industry, I returned to private practice setting up a small animal referral centre that rapidly expanded year on year.

Since 2012 I have spent 60% time in general practice and referral clinics seeing medicine cases looking for that elusive balance between clinical cases, more time to spend with my growing family and following my other interests within the veterinary profession. My particularly passion is education and support for general practitioners that I have pursued through roles on RCVS Council, as BSAVA chair of education, mentoring, writing articles, providing CPD and most recently as Editor in Chief of Veterinary Evidence.

Charitable work as a trustee of Cats Protection and chair of trustees of The Wildheart Trust benefits my mental health and wellbeing, gives back and helps improve animal health and welfare.

Candidate manifesto

The last 12 months have been incredibly tough for everyone. The veterinary profession has risen to the challenge showing it dedication, resilience, innovation and compassion. Having stood in the rain with frozen feet consulting in the car park and trying to communicate well through a mask and steamed up specs whilst keeping myself and the team safe and my patients cared for has really brought this home to me. This year lockdown has highlighted the importance of peoples’ pets and Brexit the critical value of farming and having safe and effective food import and export.

For RCVS to be effective, it needs to support the professions but also has to maintain the confidence of the public and government by safeguarding animal health and welfare. With millions of interactions between with the animal owning public every week, not all will be perfect so we have to have processes in place to manage complaints and conflicts. It is vital that the College is allowed to become a modern, flexible regulator and I strongly support the drive towards upstream regulation with the professions focussed on preventing mistakes and miscommunication as far as is possible. On the rare occasions where this does not happen, I want to drive the continued development of a regulatory system that is compassionate, fair to all, timely and proportionate.

I am uniquely placed to provide a strong, independent voice supporting the profession and promoting the team in all its complexity and diversity. I am passionate and resolute that the profession should be fair, open and inclusive. Embedded in a learning culture supporting its members to be the best they can be. As a member of the RCVS Council, I know that I have the experience, patience, dedication and pragmatism to be effective in promoting these ideals.

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