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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Richard Malik, Sydney University
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
Adjunct Professor (Docent), PI, DVM, PhD, CVA
University of Helsinki | HY · Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Dr Emma Bermingham, PhD
Dr Thomas Lonsdale
Dr Barbara Royal
DVC, CVA, CIAC
Want to join the RFVS?
IN ORDER TO JOIN THE RFVS, YOU NEED TO BE A VET, VET NURSE OR VET TECH.
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.
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.
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.