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Cats Protection expands vet team and appoints new Head of Veterinary Services

Cats Protection (CP) has recently expanded its vet team and appointed a new Head of Veterinary Services to enable the charity to continue raising cat care standards across its nationwide network of Centres and Branches.

The newly-formed nine-strong veterinary team, which includes four new roles, is now being led by 43-year-old Maggie Roberts, who is responsible for the strategic development of all vet-related services within Cats Protection.

Maggie previously worked for Cats Protection as Veterinary Officer between 1997-1999 and was very keen to work for the charity again. ‘I always enjoyed working for CP because the commitment shown by its staff and volunteers to help improve the lives of cats is unrivalled,’ she explained. ‘I hope that the 20 years of veterinary experience I bring to this role, coupled with the previous knowledge I have of the charity, will help CP raise its cat care standards even further through the provision of more training for our staff and volunteers.’

Originally from Cheshire, Maggie graduated from the University of Edinburghís Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in July 1986 and went straight to Malawi to carry out voluntary work, which she funded herself. On her return to the UK, Maggie worked for a small animal practice in Portsmouth before heading off to Australia to carry out small animal and wildlife work. Once back in England, Maggie worked for CP before returning to Portsmouth as a partner in practice.

‘I am aiming to build stronger relationships with vets in practice for the benefit of the cats and am very keen to do all I can to help raise awareness of Cats Protection as the professional, dedicated organisation it is,’ Maggie said.

Supporting Maggie in her new role will be former Head of Veterinary Services, Beth Skillings, who has moved into the newly-created position of Clinical Veterinary Officer. The role of Field Veterinary Officer has been filled by Vanessa Thick, who comes from a background in private practice. The whole team is made up of four vets, two nurses and three administration staff.

Maggie has three cats of her own, Trevor, Ronnie and Frankie, all of which are rescue cats.