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Steve DeanProfessor Steve Dean was elected chairman in 2013 by CFSG members.

Steve was the Chairman of the Kennel Club until May 2015 and a breeder/exhibitor/judge of Border Terriers as well as past Chairman of the Southern Border Terrier Club. He has authored the veterinary column in Dog World called 'A Vet's View' since 1993. He has also contributed veterinary chapters in various canine books. As a veterinary surgeon Steve has experience in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, as a general practitioner and has been a past lecturer in anatomy at the Royal Veterinary College.

Steve retired in 2011 as the Chief Executive of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, an Agency of Defra. He still lectures veterinary students annually and is a special Professor at both The Royal Veterinary College and Nottingham Veterinary School and he also holds a Diploma in veterinary radiology.

 Vice Chairman

Richard HookerRichard Hooker, BVMS (Hons) MRCVS, is the vice-chairman of CFSG having been elected in 2013 by members.

Richard is the Director of Veterinary Services at PDSA. A graduate of Glasgow University Veterinary School, Richard spent two years in a large mixed practice in Staffordshire before joining PDSA in 1996 as Veterinary Surgeon at Aston PetAid hospital in Birmingham. He later moved to Stoke-on-Trent PetAid hospital as Senior Veterinary Surgeon.

Richard led the introduction of preventive services in the PetAid hospitals including microchipping, vaccinations and neutering.


get-attachment-4.aspx.jpegCFSG is run by Marisa Heath who is responsible for writing consultation responses, reports and letters to Government on issues affecting dogs and cats in England.

Marisa has over ten years experience working in local and national Government and 6 years working in the animal welfare field having run the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare since 2008.  She has written a number of reports and articles on animal welfare topics and has worked extensively with third sector organisations and industry.