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
  • Register and Registration Subcommittee

Declaration of interests


  • Director, Little Fox Holdings Ltd
  • Director, Coach House Vets Ltd


  • Shareholder, Marshalls of Cambridge (Aviation & Motor Vehicle Company)


Appointments to other bodies

  • Commissioner, Greenham & Crookham Commons Commission
  • Chair of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE)
  • Trustee of Innovation for Agriculture (IfA)
  • Board advisor for Catdogfish

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • BVA
  • BEVA
  • SPVS
  • VPMA
  • GVS
  • Commonwealth Veterinary Association
  • The Farmers Club


  • 2018 Consultant for Encore Innovation
  • 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