The RFVS is a group of motivated vets and vet nurses with a common interest in raw feeding and species appropriate nutrition in dogs and cats.

Our Mission

To promote the principles and practical aspects of species-appropriate nutrition, through education of veterinary professionals and the pet-owning public.

As practising veterinary surgeons it is important we give clients clear, practical feeding strategies they can follow in their busy lives. In a biologically- ideal world every hunting carnivore would be fed on live prey. Clearly this is socially un-acceptable, morally questionable and impractical. A spectrum of ‘lesser’ alternatives are available, and there will always be a trade-off between convenience, ideology, cost and practicalities. What is right for one pet owner may not work for another.

So let’s not talk in ‘definites’ – there is no right or wrong, simply different ways of improving our pets nutrition to greater or lesser degrees.

It is UK based, but we welcome any veterinary professional from around the world. Formed in 2014, it represents another step in the evolution of the recognition of feeding pet animals food they would, logically, have adapted to over millennia in the wild. We are committed to professional, responsible communication, education and research on all areas of nutrition in dogs and cats.


Our Committee

Brendan Clarke, President

Brendan Clarke

Brendan qualified from London Vet School in 1994 and has worked in general practice for 25 years. In 1998 he took over the partnership of Towerwood Vets. In 2002 Brendan became the secretary for the regional branch of the BVA, the Yorkshire Veterinary Society, becoming president in 2014. He was also nominated and voted the first BVA regional representative for Yorkshire and Humberside between 2007 and 2014.

Brendan strongly feels that nutrition is an essential part of animal health and welfare and has a wealth of general practice experience offering advice on, and monitoring clinical cases of, biologically appropriate nutrition for both cats and dogs.


Nick Thompson, Senior Vice President

Nick Thompson
Senior Vice President

Nick runs Holisticvet Ltd. in Wiltshire and he passionately advocates for responsible, species-appropriate raw food feeding for pets and has done for the last 25 years. His pet topics are gastroenterology and the microbiome and the misuse of pharmaceuticals in medicine. He loves researching all aspects of human and animal nutrition.


Morag Sutherland RFVS Secretary

Morag Sutherland
RFVS Secretary

Morag is an RVN with more years experience than she cares to remember. Her interests outside raw food are in equine and canine behaviour. She is the boss at Gelert Behaviour.


Sasha Elias RFVS Facebook Group Coordinator

Katie McCaul
RFVS Treasurer

Katie qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1998 and became Head Nurse in a mixed practice. She has worked as an NVQ assessor as well as in weight clinics, theatre and kennels.

Katie completed a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Physiology and has taught on the VN degree program, worked with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. She delivers CPD to veterinary professionals and shares her experience with owners to help improve the diet and health of their dogs.


Neus Candela Vice President & Admin of RFVS Public Discussion

Neus Candela
Vice President & Admin of RFVS Public Discussion

Dr Neus Candela is an integrative vet focused on fresh food feeding and founder of NutriVets, a service that helps pet owners switch their dogs and cats to a healthy diet. She has worked as a conventional vet for 10 years in Spain and the UK and holds a postgraduate degree in Acupuncture.

Dr Candela also lectures and delivers courses on raw and cooked food and works as a raw food company consultant. Her strong presence in Social Media is helping to spread the positive message that healthy food has for pets, as well as the problems and limitations of conventional veterinary medicine.

She is the Junior Vice President of the RFVS and will be taking over as President at the 2020 Conference.


Christian Vergars, RFVS Spanish Liaison

Christian Vergara
RFVS Spanish Liaison

Christian Vergara is the first vet in Chile who adventured into teaching raw feeding to his colleagues. He is the Medical Director of Barfchile. Christian’s passion is the microbiome and teaching people all about it.


Sasha Elias RFVS Facebook Group Coordinator

Sasha Elias
RFVS Facebook Group Coordinator

Sasha has been a Veterinary Nurse since prehistoric times. She is passionate about improving the health of pets, with nutrition and education as the key stone.
Sasha also has a her own business, Paws at Yours, a mobile Veterinary Nursing service.


Moddie Lambert
RFVS Committee

Moddie Lambert BCCSDip. HthNut is a qualified Canine Nutritionist and owner of Simply Raw Feeding with over 8 years experience of tailoring enhanced raw feeding solutions for dogs of all breeds.

As a dog and cat owner all my life, my passion is helping owners to get the best outcome for their dogs and cats through a balanced, natural diet. I am a huge fan of tripe and known to some as the “Tripe Queen” a glamorous, title of which I am very proud!

Pete Coleshaw
RFVS Committee


Honorary Members

Dr Richard Malik, Sydney University
Cat/Medicine Specialist

Dr Karen Becker

Dr Ian Billinghurst
BVSc (Hons), BScAgr Dip Ed

Dr Nick Thompson
BSc (Hons) Path Sci., BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS.

Dr Lyn Thomson

Anna Hielm-Björkman
Adjunct Professor (Docent), PI, DVM, PhD, CVA
University of Helsinki | HY · Equine and Small Animal Medicine

Dr Emma Bermingham, PhD

Dr Thomas Lonsdale

Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, CIAC

Dr Barbara Royal


Want to join the RFVS?


As well as annual conferences and networking opportunities, we have an evidence orientated facebook page exclusively for RFVS members and an opinion/exchange forum for less formal interaction on facebook.

If you would like to join we would ask for a small subscription to help with admin and conference costs.

Become a member


Species appropriate diets are becoming more and more popular with our clients. Be part of a worldwide network of veterinary colleagues pushing forward the boundaries of raw food knowledge, nutrition research and health through appropriate diet.

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Vet Nurses

Vet nurses are the mouthpiece of the profession, talking to clients, convincing owners of appropriate diet and counselling on how to improve health with food. Be part of a worldwide network of veterinary colleagues pushing forward the boundaries of raw food knowledge, nutrition research and health through appropriate diet.

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