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Dr Louise Allum

Dr Louise Allum, RCVS Council election candidate 2021BSc MA VetMB PGCert(VetEd) Grad Cert Shelter Medicine FHEA MRCVS

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Proposers: Dr Paula Boyden, Dr Nathalie Dowgray

Contact details

Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital, Royal College Street, London NW1 0TU

T 01895 613 841

M 07793 804 308

E lallum@rvc.ac.uk

Twitter @LouiseAllumVet

Candidate biography

I joined as a mature student and graduated from Cambridge University in 1997. My first job was in a small animal /equine practice in Bedfordshire where my house came with chickens. After this I moved to a small animal practice in the suburbs of NW London as I married a South London lad who couldn’t cope with the countryside. I then saw my dream job advertised at the RVC primary care teaching hospital and was head vet there for around 6 years. In 2014 I moved sideways into setting up the RVC shelter medicine program and my day to day involves managing my team of vets/nurses and working in our charity partners shelters and hospitals, mainly in central London, but also Huntingdon. I still spend most days doing clinical work (I never get bored of cats spays) and have a particular passion for dentistry.

Outside of my work most of my time is based around my family of 3 teenage children so I can be found on the side-lines of various football matches trying not to get cold. I currently hold two other trustee roles in charities – Dogstrust and my local Baptist church.

Candidate manifesto 

I have always been interested in applying for the RCVS Council and thought it might be a good thing to do when I retired. Now I am thinking ‘why not now’! The last year has shown that there is no time like the present.

I am a dynamic and positive person and look forward to change rather than fear it. I have been invited onto two trustee boards already and am aware of the concept of the role and how importance good governance is within an organisation, making sure that decisions are fair and transparent.

At this time, it is important to have people at the RCVS who are in touch with different parts of the profession and I have many links to charity vets as well as primary care practices. During the last year as well as working in charities I have been providing cover at the primary care hospital of the RVC and have seen for myself how physically and mentally challenging this time has been for vets/nurses/support staff as well as our vet students.

I fully support more diversity within the profession being the mother of 3 dual heritage children and having a large African family by my marriage. The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has had a big impact on my family and my husband has been involved in talking to people in his organisation about his experience. I would like our profession to more fully reflect the society we live in. I am also passionate about accessible care and making sure it easier for our veterinary services to be accessed by clients from different backgrounds.

Above all, I would like to continue to support colleagues so that they are able to work in this profession for as many happy years as I have.

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