Members of the Audit Group

There are six members of the group that are working towards their MSc, facilitated by Bradley Viner, who is working towards his Professional Doctorate. Dr Annette Fillery-Travis is the academic supervisor, appointed by the Professional Development Foundation, working in conjunction with Middlesex University.

Follow the links below to find out more about each member.

  • Bradley Viner BVetMed MSc(VetGP) MRCVS
    Bradley Viner BVetMed MSc(VetGP) MRCVS
  • Steve Nicholson B.V.Sc, M.R.C.V.S
    Steve Nicholson B.V.Sc, M.R.C.V.S
  • Simon Godsall BVSc Cert SAO DMS PGDSM MCMI MRCVS
    Simon Godsall BVSc Cert SAO DMS PGDSM MCMI MRCVS
  • Sally Everitt B.V.Sc. M.R.C.V.S.
    Sally Everitt B.V.Sc. M.R.C.V.S.
  • Peter Brown BVetMed MRCVS
    Peter Brown BVetMed MRCVS
  • Des Thompson OBE, BA.,MVB, MRCVS
    Des Thompson OBE, BA.,MVB, MRCVS

Bradley Viner BVetMed MSc(VetGP) MRCVS

Bradley Viner qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1978, and after working as an assistant for a year, set up his own small animal practice, now established in Hatch End, Northwood, Bushey and Stanmore.

He was Public Relations Officer for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association for eight years, and Chairman of National Pet Week, a charity promoting responsible pet ownership. He is also a trustee of The Dog’s Home Battersea, and plays an active role in the running of the organisation. In 2005 he was elected as a member of the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

He currently writes a regular column called “Reflections” in Veterinary Times, and spends a significant proportion of his time working with the media, having worked on wide range of programmes, and written many books and articles on pet care.

Bradley has completed a Master’s degree in Professional Development at Middlesex University, and is currently studying for a Doctorate there. As part of this work, he is facilitating the MSc veterinary clinical audit group.

He is married with two children, two dogs, five cats, but only one wife! In his “spare” time, he enjoys travel, computing, cards, tennis and skiing.

Steve Nicholson B.V.Sc, M.R.C.V.S

After qualifying from Bristol University in 1997, Steve enjoyed a varied introduction to the veterinary profession whilst working in a large animal practice in Devon for 2 years. During this time, due in part to the pressures of diary work, he developed an interest in small animal surgery and subsequently left to work in a first opinion/ orthopaedic referral practice.

After an unintentional period of rehabilitation following a cruciate ligament ruptured whilst skiing in Canada , he moved to Wolverhampton to pursue a small animal career and further his surgical work. For the last 5 years, he has continued to work at Cornerstone Veterinary Centre – and managed to enjoy a 9 month sabbatical when he returned to cattle work in Cumbria – where he is now the Clinical Director.

His interest in clinical audit has developed during the last 2 years as he has striven to introduce it into his working practice. It has already helped to shape management decisions, and he is convinced it will continue to improve and influence the future development of the practice.

In spite of the usual time pressures involved with the management of a veterinary practice, he enjoys running (usually far behind his canine training partner), squash and tae kwon do. His time for thought and relaxation is usually high up in the mountains of the Lake District, Alps or, preferably, Himalayas .


Tim Mair qualified from Bristol in 1980. Following two years in mixed practice in Kent , he returned to the University of Bristol as a Horserace Betting Levy Board Research Training Scholar, to undertake research into equine respiratory immunology and hypersensitivity. Following completion of his PhD in 1986, he remained at Bristol as a Wellcome Trust Lecturer in equine medicine. He returned to practice in 1989, and is currently a partner at the Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in Kent . His particular interests ate equine internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and MRI.

Tim has been editor of Equine Veterinary Education since 1996, and is an assistant editor of the Equine Veterinary Journal. He has published extensively in the fields of equine medicine and surgery, and has authored a number of textbooks on equine medicine. He has diplomas from the RCVS in equine internal medicine (DEIM) and equine soft tissue surgery (DESTS), and is a founding diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. Another of his interests is evidence based medicine, and he has been actively involved with developing the evidence based medicine programme run by the British Equine Veterinary Association. He has also developed an active programme of clinical research within his practice.

Tim is married and has four children. His research project within the audit group is a feasibility study of the development of an international audit and database of equine colic surgery.


Simon qualified from Liverpool University in 1986 and started work in mixed practice in Gloucestershire. He soon developed in interest in small animal orthopaedics and after a short spell covering for the assistant surgeon at Cambridge University he passed his certificate in small animal orthopaedics in 1989. Simon then worked in a variety of mixed, equine and small animal positions before joining PDSA in 1994 as senior veterinary surgeon at the then new PetAid hospital in Coventry . At the time he thought this was only going to be a short term position, however he has finds himself still working for PDSA today! While in the position of senior veterinary surgeon Simon also acted as a clinical advisor to the organisation and developed internal CPD programs in orthopaedic surgery.

He had never touched a computer keyboard until 1998 when PDSA introduced their first practice management system. Data capture, its analysis and interpretation soon became a key area of interest to Simon and in 2000 he was moved to a temporary position PDSA’s head office to look at what information the organisation could gain from its IT system. In 2002 Simon became one of PDSA’s principal veterinary surgeons. This resulted in a 2 year project to change the IT structure throughout PDSA’s PetAid hospitals and culminated in 2004 with all the hospitals IT systems being interlinked and the creation of a single central database of PDSA’s clinical data.

This has proved of immense value to PDSA, however it lacks one thing; a systematic system of coding diagnoses or clinical signs. Hence Simons research project looking at how this can be achieved. He hopes it will not just stop with PDSA though. If it works for PDSA then why should it not work in first opinion practice? We could then be in a position to produce standardised data across the profession.

While undertaking the project of changing PDSA’s IT structure Simon studied at De Montfort University at Leicester where in 2004 he passes his diploma in management studies and post graduate diploma in strategic management.

Simon is married to another veterinary surgeon, Joanna. They currently have 2 dogs, 6 cats, 5 horses and don’t forget the 10 chickens. When Simon is not playing with computer databases he has developed a nasty habit of trying to play the Highland bagpipes but the least said about that the better!

Sally Everitt B.V.Sc. M.R.C.V.S.

Sally qualified from Bristol University in 1981 and had a variety of jobs before spending 3 years abroad in Chile and Spain . For the last 10 years she has been working in a small animal and equine practice in Buckingham where she had developed a particular interest in small animal medicine and “Lifetime Healthcare”.

She first became interested in Clinical Audit and Evidence Based Medicine as a member of the local Community Health Council, looking at the provision of healthcare from the patient’s point of view. She was fortunate to be able to attend workshops, run by Muir Gray and the local NHS Trust, and became interested in how she could introduce some of these concepts into veterinary practice.

One of her many roles at work was preparing the practice for the R.C.V.S. Practice Standards Scheme which required her to actually start doing some clinical audit and has brought her face to face with many of the challenges that this involves.

Having answered a letter from Bradley Viner in the Veterinary Record she found herself undertaking an M.Sc. under the auspices of the Professional Development Foundation (PDF) and Middlesex University , which has given her the opportunity to study Clinical Audit in more depth. For her research project she is looking at the information needs of veterinary surgeons introducing clinical audit into their practices and at the feasibility of setting up a web-based resource where we can share information, resources and experiences.

Peter Brown BVetMed MRCVS

Peter graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1982 and spent 3½ years in mixed practice in Derbyshire and West Sussex . He moved to Worthing in 1985 where he took over a single-handed small animal practice in 1988. The practice now has 5 veterinary surgeons and 6 nursing staff, of whom 4 are VNs trained at the practice.

Peter has worked with the Cats’ Protection League and is now a trustee and veterinary advisor to the Worthing Cat Welfare Trust. His principal interest has been in practice management and in recent years the practice has gained the BSAVA standard (now RCVS tier 2) and the Investors in People standard. His interest in clinical audit arose from the experience of preparing clinical guidelines for the practice and he will be concentrating on this area for his MSc research.

Peter is married to Tess; they have 6 children and currently share the house with two Flat-Coated Retrievers, a degu and a corn snake. His interests include walking, photography, computing, music and amateur dramatics. He is also a Lay Reader in a local Anglican church.

Des Thompson OBE, BA.,MVB, MRCVS

Des Thompson qualified with honours in Trinity College Dublin in 1961.  He joined his fathers practice in the centre of Belfast as the third generation veterinary surgeon. The practice moved in 1967 the its current position at 193 Belmont Rd becoming Earlswood Veterinary Hospital in 1972. He has been President of BSAVA, SPVS, NIVA, UEVP, CABTSG and RCVS.  He is currently Chairman of Veterinary Northern Ireland.  The practice which is now 100% small animal has now merged with Hollygate Veterinary Clinic and the veterinary input will shortly have extended from 2 person to 5.  The Hospital offers referral services in Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Spinal surgery and will soon offer cardiology.  Des’s primary interests are in orthopaedics and spinal surgery.  He is currently one of the masters group researching clinical audit and his research is two fold, what is already happening in general practice in the medical profession and what is happening in other parts of the world in the veterinary profession.