Contributors to Vet Professionals

Sarah Caney

Dr Sarah Caney BVSc PhD DSAM(Feline) MRCVS and CEO of Cat Professional Ltd

Author of 'Caring for a cat with chronic kidney disease' and 'Caring for a cat with hyperthyroidism'

Dr Caney, CEO of Vet Professionals has worked as a feline-only vet since 1994. She is internationally recognised as one of only fourteen veterinary specialists in feline medicine in the UK.

In addition to her popular ‘Caring for a cat’ series of books, she has published widely in prestigious international journals and has been an invited speaker to veterinary conferences worldwide. Dr Caney has worked for many years with the UK cat charity, the International Cat Care (ICC) and the International Society of Feline Medicine.

Furthermore, she has published widely in prestigious international journals and has been an invited speaker to many national and international conferences for veterinary surgeons and nurses/technicians. In 2004 she co-authored the ‘Self-Assessment Colour Review of Feline Medicine’ with Dr Andy Sparkes which is a textbook for the veterinary professional.

Alongside her clinical work and publishing, Dr Caney has worked for many years with the UK cat charity, the International Cat Care (ICC). Her work with ICC includes chairing their feline expert panel which lobbies organisations for better cat care.

Currently Dr Caney lives in Scotland. Her elderly tabby cat, Hobi, who has featured in a number of the "Caring for a Cat" series of books, sadly passed away in April 2011.

Natasha Mitchell

Natasha Mitchell MVB CertVOphthal MRCVS

Author of ' Caring for a blind cat'

Natasha grew up in Co. Tipperary, Ireland and graduated from University College Dublin in 1998 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduating she spent one year working in a mixed practice in the UK, followed by three years working and travelling in Australia. It was during this time that she developed an interest in ophthalmology and returned to the UK to study for a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology which she obtained in 2004. Having completed her certificate, Natasha worked in referral ophthalmology in Hampshire UK for 18 months followed by the Eye Veterinary Clinic in Herefordshire UK. More recently she has returned to her homeland and is working as an ophthalmologist in Limerick, Ireland ( Natasha has lectured to veterinarians and veterinary students in the UK and Ireland and published widely in both UK and Irish veterinary journals and in cat charity bulletins.

Danièlle Gunn-Moore

Professor Danièlle Gunn-Moore BSc BVM&S PhD FHEA MACVSc MRCVS RCVS

Specialist in Feline Medicine. Co-author of ‘Caring for a cat with lower urinary tract disease’  with Dr Sarah Caney

Danièlle is currently one of only three professors of feline internal medicine globally and she graduated from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh with Distinction in 1991. The following year she joined The Feline Centre at the University of Bristol where she trained as a specialist in feline medicine and completed her PhD on feline infectious peritonitis. Since 2000 she has been based back at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies where she founded the Feline Clinic and is Professor of Feline Medicine and Head of Companion Animal Sciences. As an internationally recognised expert in her area Danielle lectures extensively and her work has been published widely. She is on the Executive Committee of the European Society of Feline Medicine and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

At home she has a husband and two beautiful cats; a 10 year old Bengal girl called Teaninich and 5 year old Maine Coon boy called Mortlach (both named after Scottish single malt whiskies). Danièlle is pictured (right) with Mortlach.

Andy Sparkes

Dr Andy Sparkes BVetMed PhD DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Andy has worked as a feline-only vet since 1987 and trained as a specialist at the University of Bristol. He is a popular speaker and internationally recognised as one of only fourteen specialists in feline medicine working in the UK.

Dr Sparkes is a popular speaker both in the UK and internationally. He has published widely in international journals and in 2004 co-authored  ‘Self-Assessment Colour Review of Feline Medicine’ with Dr Sarah Caney.  Dr Sparkes is the co-editor-in-chief and founding editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. In 2012 Dr Sparkes joined the charity International Cat Care (ICC) as their Veterinary Director. 

Jennifer Stephen

Jennifer Stephen BVMS MRCVS Dip ECVS

Jennifer is a European diplomate in equine surgery who has worked as a horse only vet since 1998. She trained as a Thouron scholar at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania before completing her specialist training at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Jennifer Stephen has written many articles for veterinarians and horse owners. She edited 'The Equine Hospital Manual' with another horse specialist Dr Kevin Corley (published by Wiley-Blackwell).  Jennifer Stephen currently works at Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital on the Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland. As a clinician Jennifer works as one of two horse surgeons at her practice and enjoys the wide range of referral cases presented to Anglesey Lodge particularly the emergency colic surgeries. She has been invited to lecture on equine surgery at conferences around the world. Jennifer lives on the Curragh and enjoys riding and driving  her 15 hand high ex gypsy pony Daisy.

Kevin Corley


Dr Corley has worked as a horse only veterinarian since 1993. Kevin Corley is an internationally recognised veterinary specialist in equine medicine and critical care. He is one of only two diplomates in equine critical care working in Europe. Kevin Corley is particularly well known for his work in intensive care of foals. Kevin completed a PhD in immunology in London then trained as a specialist medicine clinician at Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, Virginia, USA. He then taught at the Royal Veterinary College in London for five years. Kevin Corley is recognised as a specialist both in internal medicine and critical care. Kevin has published extensively in his field. He has contributed to seven textbooks, including 'The Equine Hospital Manual' which he jointly edited with Jennifer Stephen. Kevin has been an invited speaker to many national and international conferences. He has lectured for veterinarians, veterinary nurses, veterinary and nursing students, students on stud management courses and the public. Kevin currently works at Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital on the Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland. His clinical interests include cardiology and neurology as well as intensive care and foal medicine. 

Andrea Harvey

Andrea Harvey

Andrea graduated from University of Bristol in 2000. After a period of time in first opinion small animal practice, she returned to University of Bristol Veterinary School to undertake a 3 year residency in feline medicine, funded by the International Cat Care (ICC). Andrea remained at Bristol Vet School as ICC Clinical Fellow in feline medicine 2005-2010. She gained her RCVS Diploma and  European Diploma in 2005, and was awarded RCVS Specialist status in 2006. Andrea currently works freelance doing a mixture of clinical referral work and feline consultancy, and continues to work closely with the International Cat Care with initiatives such as the Cat Friendly Practice scheme.


Samantha Taylor

Samantha Taylor

Samantha Taylor graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2002, fulfilling her lifelong ambition to be a vet. She initially worked in a large referral (second opinion) practice and then in a small animal practice in Cambridge where her interest in cats really started, and she enjoyed running feline only clinics. She returned to referral practice in 2005 and studied for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Internal Medicine which she passed in 2006. That year she started a Feline Advisory Bureau residency at Bristol University and loved working with cats and their owners. She obtained the European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009 and in 2011 became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine. She has published scientific papers and written many articles on various feline medicine subjects. She currently lives in Wiltshire with her husband, little boy (Alex) and two mischievous cats.