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Christopher Tufnell



Chris TufnellFollowing a degree in Agricultural and Environmental Science from Newcastle University, Chris worked for a year in Zambia before returning to study for a veterinary degree at Glasgow University.

He graduated in 1999 and worked in mixed practice in Herefordshire with Peter Jinman where he was exposed to the rigours of agricultural practice in an area of family farms. He subsequently moved to West Berkshire to a predominantly equine practice.

Chris runs an equine and companion animal practice which employs five vets and seven support staff. Shortly after graduating he served on the RCVS Education Strategy Steering Group which laid the foundations of the PDP.

Despite a busy practice and family life with two young sons Chris has made regular charity trips to Africa and India. Seeing the suffering of the third world at first hand has made him all the more appreciative of the opportunities available to us in our society. Currently living near Newbury, Chris chairs the Greenham and Crookham Commons Commission.


Council Member category

  • Elected: 2009 - 2021


Committee membership

  • Advancement of the Professions Committee
  • Finance Resources Committee
  • PIC DC Liaison Committee
  • Federation of Veterinary of Europe
  • Graduate Outcomes Working Group: EMS/Clinical Education
  • Mentor Task & Finish Group
  • Register and Registration Subcommittee


Declaration of interests


  • Director, Little Fox Holdings Ltd, Sept 2007
  • Director, Coach House Vets Ltd, July 2005
  • Director, Catdogfish, Jan 2018

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

  • Shareholder, Marshalls of Cambridge (Aviation & Motor Vehicle Company), April 1987
  • Shareholder, Little Fox Holdings Ltd, Sept 2007
  • Shareholder, Catdogfish, Jan 2018


Affordable Petcare Company Ltd, June 2018

Appointments to other bodies

  • Chair and Commissioner, Greenham & Crookham Commons Commission, Oct 2006
  • Chair of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE), Nov 2017
  • Trustee of Innovation for Agriculture (IfA), Aug 2017
  • Trustee, World Horse Welfare, Jan 2019
  • Member, Education Committee of the British Animal Rescue Trauma Association, Jan 2020

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • BVA
  • BEVA
  • SPVS
  • Commonwealth Veterinary Association
  • The Farmers Club
  • RASE


  • 2004 - present Coach House Vets Ltd, Newbury (formerly CHVC Ltd and CTVS Ltd)
  • 2002 - 2004 The Barn Equine Surgery, Ringwood
  • 2000 - 2002 The Coach House Veterinary Clinic, Newbury
  • 1999 - 2000 The Laurels Veterinary Centre, Hereford

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • MRAC - farming course from Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester
  • BSc(Hons) - Degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science with honours in Animal Science from the University of Newcastle

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

  • My father, Wynne Tufnell, is an HRA point-to-point inspector

Other relevant information

  • Member of the National Trust
  • Member of the Countryside Alliance
  • Fellow of the RSA
  • Member of the European Movement
  • Member of the Liberal Democrats
  • Member of the RSPB
  • Member of the Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
  • Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Grocers