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Sally Schroeder


Candidate 13 of 14

Proposers: John Dinsdale, Jane Feneley

Contact details

M 07769 674 736
E [email protected]

Candidate biography

Sally Schroeder, 2024 RCVS Council election candidateGrowing up in London, I spent my time at local stables and working Saturdays at the vets. Coming up against discouragement from teachers, I realised that a career as a Vet was what I really wanted.

I qualified from RVC in 1999 and joined Berry House Vets in Hertfordshire one month later. 24 years on I am still there. Initially a fully mixed practice, it then became small/equine (my two passions), and subsequently small animals only ten years ago.

Despite staying in one practice throughout my working life, my experience with Berry House has taken me through mixed practice, small animal practice, assistant, director of Berry House as an independent practice and now CD as part of a large corporate. I have gained certificates in Surgery and Veterinary Acupuncture. I have also played various roles within IVC – sitting on the Clinical Board for many years amongst others. I am still a committed GP vet, enjoying all aspects of the role.

Outside of work I enjoy the cliched long walks in the country, although I prefer my pony to do the walking, Ballroom and Latin dancing and attempting to tame my tenacious and self-wilding garden, supervised by my moggy.

Candidate statement 

My main passions in my work are first opinion practice and pragmatic veterinary care. These two things are key to the relationship that our profession has with the public and they should be lauded as the basis that everything else is built on.

Throughout my career I’ve had the chance to gain a variety of skills in addition to the clinical ones: running a practice, sitting on various committees from IT to procurement, working with clinical and non-clinical teams and I feel that this will allow me to be a productive and relevant member of the Council.

The RCVS working party that is looking into career pathways within GP work is starting some very valuable work and this is something that is vital to continue but must utilise the knowledge of experienced vets from both the independent and corporate worlds. Retention will only improve when experienced vets are kept motivated within GP practice(s), as people most frequently leave jobs due to poor management and/or lack of experienced mentors.

The significant challenges caused to GP practices by the timescales and details of the Under Care guidance demonstrates how vital it is to have practising GP vets within the RCVS who can help to bring forward relevant protocols, guidance and legislature that is not only feasible within GP, but actively aids GP vets in performing their job to the best credit of the profession.

I am asking for your vote as a passionate GP vet so that I can help to support and improve our profession through a focus on GP practice.