Chris Laurence qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1968 and went into mixed practice in Somerset. A year later he moved to Chippenham in Wiltshire to take up purely small animal practice at the Hale Veterinary Group. Chris was subsequently Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA and Veterinary Director of Dogs Trust. He retired in August 2011. He was awarded the MBE for services to animal welfare in 2007.
Chris is also involved in a number of charities. He is an elected Trustee of the national RSPCA, and Trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation, the Pet Blood Bank, and the Bella Moss Foundation. He is also Chairman of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association and the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust, and a Director of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust Ltd.
Chris had a lengthy career in the Royal Signals, Territorial Army, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2002. He was awarded the Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2002.
Chris has been married to Sheila since 1969 and has two children and four grandchildren. He has a dog and a cat – Maggie and Prudence.