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Caroline Allen



Caroline Allen

Since graduating from Cambridge University in 1998 Caroline has enjoyed a varied career in practice.

Caroline's first job was in a mixed practice in Norfolk at the Old Golfhouse. Having developed an interest in small animal medicine she moved to Goddard's Wanstead Veterinary Hospital where she gained the Certificate in Small Animal Medicine.

Caroline then spent a year travelling and performing some overseas voluntary neutering work followed by a period of locuming. She then moved to North London joining Canonbury Vets as Head Vet. Over ten years the practice grew to a three centre group and Caroline became Clinical Director, overseeing all clinical aspects and focussing on high quality care and a strong preventative element. Caroline also led the group's work with Cat's Protection North London Adoption Centre and gained a strong interest in charity/shelter work.

Caroline is now the Chief Veterinary Officer for the RSPCA. Prior to this she was the London Veterinary Director for two years, overseeing the RSPCA's two London hospitals and two clinics. She has a strong interest in pragmatic medicine.

Caroline has been involved in community and environmental campaigning, winning a Clean Air in London Award in 2013.


Council Member category

  • Elected: 2017 - 2021


Committee membership

  • Advancement of the Professions Committee
  • Standards Committee


Declaration of interests



Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives




Appointments to other bodies

Chief Veterinary Officer, RSPCA (from Nov 2018)

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Member of the BSAVA
  • Committee Member of the Association of Charity Vets


Nov 2018 - present Chief Veterinary Officer, RSPCA

2016 - 2018 London Veterinary Director, RSPCA London

2005 - 2015 Clinical Director, Canonbury Veterinary Practice, Petvet & Hornsey Vets, North London

2001 - 2004 Veterinary Surgeon, Goddard Veterinary Hospital, Wanstead, London

1998 - 2000 Veterinary Surgeon, Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group, Thetford, Norfolk

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)


Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

Brother, Jim Allen, Partner with Deloitte Insurance Consulting

Other relevant information

Member of the Green Party