What is the breed health co-ordinator mentor scheme?
How does the scheme work?
- Use the information below to determine which mentor(s) would be best suited to you and your enquiry
- Complete our quick enquiry form to help us know a little more about you, your circumstances and the sort of assistance you need
- Your completed enquiry form will be sent to your chosen mentor who will get in touch with you as soon as possible
- Once your mentoring has come to an end, please complete our feedback form to let us know about your experience
Currently we have six BHC mentors:
- Ian Seath
- Lesley Field
- Liz Branscombe
- Louise Scott
- Archie Bryden
- Tina Watkins
Each of the mentors have identified the areas in which they can help and the matrix below will direct you towards the mentor(s) that will be best suited to answering your enquiry.
The mentors are:
Ian is also president of one of the Dachshund breed clubs and chairman of another. He works as a management consultant, coach and trainer, specialising in continuous improvement and change management.
His canine interests include education and training of judges as well as all aspects of breed health improvement. He was a contributing author for The Kennel Club's breed health strategy guide and the surveys toolkit. He has supported BHCs in several other breeds, e.g. in the design and analysis of health surveys, ad hoc analysis of health data as well as design of health websites.
She has worked on a daily basis with the general public, as well as with canine specialist organisations, governmental bodies, the veterinary profession and centres of canine clinical excellence. She has served on two major English Springer Spaniel breed clubs over the years both as an Officer (Treasurer and Assistant/Show Secretary) and committee member.
She was a member of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding from 2010 – 2014 and now serves as a Member and Trustee of the Dog Breeding Reform Group.
Seeking improvements in canine education to make life better for dogs and their owners is a challenge that brings Lesley much pleasure and reward.
Liz qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 1986, has worked in both small and mixed animal practices and gained an advanced surgical nursing qualification in 1994. The majority of her veterinary nursing career has been spent working in clinical roles in specialist referral practice. Her current role in practice is Training Manager with primary responsibility for the training and development of a team of 60 full- and part-time veterinary nurses. Liz has used experience gained in managing a group health study for her breed to advise other health coordinators wishing to set up similar schemes for their own breeds.
With a background in human resource management and company administration, Louise’s role as breed health co-ordinator combines her communication and organisational experience with a deep commitment to improving canine health and welfare. Owner/breeder education, consultation and co-operation with clinicians, researchers and professional organisations are key areas of practice. Her experience includes breed health survey design and implementation, data collection, analysis and reporting.
Archie has bred and exhibited Staffordshire Bull Terriers since 1981 and also exhibited a Miniature Pinscher. He is a Championship Show Judge under Kennel Club regulations since 1994 and has awarded CCs, or their equivalent, in numerous countries worldwide.
Archie is a retired Virologist/Microbiologist with experience in academic research, publishing, and lecturing. Archie has a PhD on rotaviruses, a major cause of juvenile gastroenteritis and has a strong academic background, which leads him to be naturally interested in canine health in general and the need for good science to enable progress.
Club of Wales.
Her background in administration is wide and varied, having skills in business and serving as a Parish Secretary for 21 years. Being the breed health co-ordinator for Basset Hounds has enabled her to undertake a key role for a Breed Watch category 3 breed, promoting breed health, collation and circulation of information, devising and producing breed health databases and certificates, contributing to the 2014 breed health survey, data collection, analysing and reporting. Tina also has experience liaising and arranging for veterinary assessments and supporting the Animal Health Trust enabling testing sessions for their study into hereditary glaucoma and design and maintenance of the BHHG (Basset Hound Health Group) website. Tina's commitment and dedication as a Breed Health Co-ordinator has helped achieve the Basset Hound being re-scheduled to Breed Watch category 2 in January 2017.