Having obtained an Honours Degree in Zoology from the University
of Leeds in the mid '70s, Graham Thurlow went on to take a degree
in Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University, qualifying in
Graham spent a period in general practice in North Yorkshire
before joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food's
State Veterinary Service where he worked as a Veterinary Officer in
Lincolnshire. From there he went on to manage firstly the
MAFF office at Beverley and then Preston. His final posting was
with Defra, based in London, where he held the position of
Veterinary Advisor to the team working on the Animal Welfare Bill.
During this period both Graham and the team met many of the
Non Government Organisations (NGOs) concerned with various aspects
of animal welfare, including the Kennel Club.
On retiring from Defra, Graham maintained contact with the
Kennel Club and became the first volunteer Accredited (now Assured)
Breeder Scheme inspector. He now sits on the ABS Sub-group of
the Dog Health Group, his main input here being based on his
veterinary background and knowledge of the recent animal welfare
In a private capacity, Graham has owned dogs all his working
life, although he is not involved in either breeding or showing.
His chosen breed is the English Springer Spaniel, although he
currently also has a Jack Russell and an archetypal black and tan
crossbreed who is a rescue dog.