Dr Andrew Bartholomew, Trustee and Veterinary Adviser
I am married with two lovely daughters, a Border Terrier called Mabel, and live in Abingdon in Oxfordshire.
I qualified as a vet from the University of Bristol in July 1977.
After working in practices in Suffolk, East Sussex and Leicester, I moved to Oxford in 1982 to develope the small animal business of a practice in Iffley Road. Subsequently, I brought and ran the practice as a sole principal eventually employing a team of twelve including three veterinary colleagues, qualified and trainee veterinary nurses, and support staff.
My particular clinical interest has been in sports injuries in the canine athlete, particularly lameness. My caseload has included racing and coursing greyhounds, as well as whippets, agility and other working dogs.
I sat on the Veterinary and Scientific panel of the Regulator of Greyhound racing for a number of years, been called as an expert witness in court cases, and given evidence to Parliamentary committees about the Rules of Racing and Greyhound Welfare.
I have lectured at the University of Warwick on Canine Sports injuries, and for a number of years, I have sat on the Student Selection panels which interview prospective veterinary students applying to the Royal Veterinary College in London.
I retired from clinical practice earlier this year.
My other charitable interests are centred around the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper of which I am a founder member. I have developed our Barge project providing day trips and holidays for disabled and disadvantaged children and adults on the Kennet and Avon canal. This project is now in its 23rd year, lasting four weeks in June and July. I have been involved in charity work in Uganda since 1995, and helped to develope a microcredit project in Mubende in western Uganda, which provides small unsecured loans for rural subsistence farmers. I have presented basic Animal Husbandry seminars to many village farmer groups under the title of “ Happy Animals.” This project has been running since 2008, and currently a pool of forty thousand pounds sterling is available to loan to these farmers.