Christopher (Kit) Sturgess



Kit SturgessAfter graduating from Cambridge University in 1986 Kit worked for six years in primary care practice gaining mixed, equine and small animal experience. Kit then returned to academia to undertake a PhD looking at the effects of FIV on mucosal immune function before taking up a lectureship at RVC and then Bristol University.

Since 2003 Kit has been working as an internist in private referral practice. He has further professional qualifications in imaging, cardiology and internal medicine, as well as being a recognised specialist in small animal medicine by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

In 2006 Kit became a founding partner in a multidisciplinary referral centre that he saw grow from 5 to 65 members of staff within 5 years. Kit’s love of teaching and learning and the demands of a young and growing family led him to develop a new, more flexible role, centred on lecturing, writing and providing locum specialist internal medicine services.

Currently Kit spends 3 days a week seeing clinical cases in both referral and primary care practices and 2 days a week writing, lecturing and pursuing other projects including the RCVS Council and teaching at the local primary school.

Kit maintains a keen interest in many areas of internal medicine particularly cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary tract disease. He has authored numerous articles and two textbooks as well as presenting lectures and research abstracts at conferences worldwide.

When not working Kit enjoys pursuing an active outdoor lifestyle in the New Forest with his wife, two young boys, George the British Shorthair cat and Spud the Border Terrier.


Council Member category

  • Elected: 2013 - 2020


Committee membership

  • Officer Team
  • Finance & Resources Committee (Chair)
  • Audit & Risk Committee (observer)
  • PIC and DC Liaison Committee
  • Committee Chairs
  • Certification Sub-Committee
  • Register and Registration Sub-Committee
  • Estate Strategy Project Board
  • RCVS Knowledge Board of Trustees (observer)
  • Advanced Practitioners Panel

Declaration of interests


  • Director, Vet Freedom Ltd
  • Editorial board of the Veterinary Nursing Journal

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

All shareholdings are within managed funds.



Appointments to other bodies

  • Committee member of Small Animal Medicine Society
  • Committee member of BSAVA Southern Region
  • Member of BSAVA Scientific Committee until April 2018
  • Chair of BSAVA Education Committee
  • Editorial Board of Companion Animal
  • Trustee of the Wildheart Trust (Chair December 2019 - present)
  • Trustee of Cats Protection from 1 June 2018

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

Member: BSAVA, Vet Cardio Soc, ISFM (International cat care)


  • Anderson Sturgess Veterinary Specialists
  • Wey Referrals
  • Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition
  • University of Bristol
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • Rhodes Veterinary Practice, Northampton
  • House & Jackson, Essex
  • Avenue Pet Care, Grantham
  • Edgewood Vet Group, Essex
  • Various project-based and CPD engagements (including but not limited to BSAVA, CPD Solutions, Pfizer, Protexin, Royal Canin, and WSAVA)

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

PhD - University of Bristol

Studies on mucosal effector mechanisms in feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection in cats.

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

Wife is a veterinary surgeon and director of Vet Freedom Ltd.

Other relevant information

  • Locum work for various corporate and privately owned referral hospitals.
  • Providing CPD for a Chinese private CPD company: CVetC (12 days in 2019)