After qualifying as a veterinary surgeon at Bristol in 1968, Chris began his career in mixed practice work before moving to a small animal practice in Chippenham where he remained until 1998. Upon leaving active practice, Chris was appointed as the RSPCA’s Assistant Chief Veterinary Officer, and shortly after to Chief Veterinary Officer in 1999. It is from here that he moved to the Dogs Trust in 2003.
Although his primary work concentrates on dogs, Chris retains an involvement in other species, speaking widely on animal welfare issues around the world, and holding additional positions as Secretary of the Central Division of the BVA (British Veterinary Association), a Council member of the Society of Greyhound Veterinarians and Trustee of the Feline Advisory Bureau. He has also previously been a regional officer of the BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) and President of the BVHA (British Veterinary Hospitals’ Association).
Chris was awarded the Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal in the Birthday Honours 2002 after retiring from the Territorial Army with almost 38 years service and attaining the rank of Colonel. He followed this by being awarded the MBE in the Birthday Honours 2006 for his services to animal welfare, for which he was nominated by DEFRA for his work on animal welfare legislation.
While at Bristol I met my future wife, Sheila, who was at Redland teacher training college. We married shortly after she qualified. I used to have to walk across the Downs to her digs in Redland while we were courting - not many students had cars in those days!
Chris Laurence MBE QVRM TD BVSc MRCVS (BVSc 1968)