Clare Spencer graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from the RVC in 1984. She received a Distinction in Animal Husbandry and Nutrition and these two subjects have been of special interest to her during her extensive career. She practised as a veterinary surgeon in N. Ireland, England, Scotland and France, working as a small animal locum in Gloucestershire until just a few months ago. She became Veterinary Affairs Manager for a premium pet food manufacturer, where she worked between 1997 and 2018, initially as a member of staff and subsequently as an independent consultant. This role was primarily technical and educational. It entailed staff training in small animal nutrition and resulted in invitations as a guest lecturer at all the key veterinary congresses and veterinary schools and several of the nurse training colleges. Clare obtained her PTLLS qualification and became a tutor and subsequently an examiner for the City and Guild Small Animal Nutrition course and examination. Clare has published articles in a wide range of journals on the topics of nutrition, husbandry and communications. She is especially interested in medicine, nutrition, client care and treating pets as part of the family. Wherever she works, she knows she can’t do her job properly without the support of a good nursing team and likes to share her knowledge and expertise.