Mr Graham Thurlow MRCVS

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 1981.

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 legislation.

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. 

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