Board of Directors

Our Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do.

Whatever title they have in a particular charity, trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. Depending on what the charity does, you will be making a difference to your local community or to society as a whole.

As a trustee, you will use your skills and experience to make sure the charity runs efficiently. But trustees are allowed to get advice from external sources like solicitors or other experts if they need to.

Acting Chief Executive
Veterinary Epidemiology Consultant, Vet Epi Ltd.

Vicki attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver before heading to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she received her DVM in 1990. After completing a small animal internship at the University of Minnesota she worked in general and emergency small animal practice before returning to the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 to complete MSc and PhD degrees in epidemiology. Vicki joined the Animal Health Trust in 2003 and became the Head of Small Animal Epidemiology before leaving in 2009. Since then she has been self-employed, continuing to undertake epidemiological studies of feline, canine and equine diseases, working in collaboration with several institutions and organisations. She is also the editor for the new Veterinary Record Open journal. Vicki also enjoys teaching and delivers training and continuing education (CPD) courses for AMTRA Companion Animal SQPs as well on a variety of topics for pet owners and professionals working in the pet industry including nutrition, behavior, reproduction, first aid and microchipping of companion animals.


Annette has always been an animal lover and owns both horses and dogs. She has always loved Irish Setters and has owned five of them. In 2000 Oscar, her very big and lovable ‘boy’, suddenly couldn’t swallow. Her vet knew that there was a cancer specialist in Newmarket who could help so she rushed him down and met Malcolm Brearley who immediately operated on him. At this point it was touch and go as to whether he would survive. Fortunately he made a good recovery. As a result she offered to help Malcolm if he ever needed it. This came sooner than expected! Malcolm had decided to found the Animal Cancer Trust and asked Annette to become one of the Trustees. Her hobbies are riding, skiing, flower arranging, tennis and entertaining. Annette was brought up overseas and travelled extensively. She still enjoys seeing new countries and meeting new people. She has ridden over the Andes taking 14 days on 4 different horses. Annette has also ridden from Edinburgh to London which took 27 days on 22 different horses on behalf of the Macmillan Nurses.


Dip ECVIM-CA (Onc) MSc (Clin Onc) PhD MRCVS
European Specialist in Veterinary Oncology
Head of Oncology, Animal Health Trust

Davide graduated from Padua in 2001. After his degree he worked in a small animal referral hospital in Padua. In September 2005 he moved to UK and started working in general practice in Stamford. Since January 2007 he joined the Oncology Unit of the Animal Health Trust. He completed a Master in Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham in December 2010 and a residency approved for the European Diploma in Veterinary Oncology in October 2011. Since January 2011 he started a part-time PhD program at the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences of the University of Bologna in Italy. Davide’s main interest is the research of prognostic markers in canine cutaneous mast cell tumour.


MA VetMB, Cert VR, Cert SAS, Dipl ECVS MRCVS
Royal College and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
Cambridge University Veterinary School

Jane graduated from the University of Cambridge and completed a surgical internship at the University of Bristol before working in a busy general practice in London. She left general practice to pursue a Surgical Residency and clinical position at the Royal Veterinary College, London and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgery in 2002. After four years at the Animal Health Trust she moved to the University of Cambridge in 2006 where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in Soft Tissue Surgery. Jane is interested in all aspect of soft tissue surgery, particularly oncological and respiratory cases. Along with two other surgeons, Sorrel Langley Hobbs and Jackie Demetriou, Jane has recently published a text book on general surgery in cats: Feline Soft Tissue and General Surgery. Editors: Langley Hobbs, Demetriou and Ladlow, Saunders 2014. 

Fellow in Quantitative Genetics
University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Katy graduated from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science in 2001. After working for DEFRA during the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak, a Clinical Training Scholarship in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Bristol and a 3 year spell as Deputy Veterinary Surgeon at the Babraham Institute, Katy took up a Postgraduate Studentship in Small Animal Epidemiology at the Animal Health Trust (AHT). She gained an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health via distance-learning from the Royal Veterinary College. Subsequently she undertook a PhD in canine quantitative genetics at the AHT as a student of the University of Nottingham, entitled “Genetic evaluation of guide dogs in the UK”. Katy is now a postdoctoral researcher in quantitative genetics at the University of Nottingham, working with Guide Dogs. She currently lives in Newmarket with her Border Collie, Sky, and two cats, Hector and Merlin. Sky had a malignant liver tumour removed successfully in 2012 and is still in good health aged 13; this was part of the inspiration for Katy to become a trustee of the Animal Cancer Trust.

Chief Executive Message

A message from the acting Chief Executive, Vicki J Adams

Having been involved with this charity since 2007, I stepped down as a trustee to take over as acting CE in April 2014 in order to strengthen and re-launch the charity. As a result of my work in veterinary epidemiology, I know just how common cancer is in our companion animals. It is the most commonly reported cause of death or reason for euthanasia in many surveys of dogs. Cancer also affects cats, rabbits, rodents, fish, horses and just about any other animal you can name. It is a word that conjures fear in all of us. However, not all lumps and bumps are malignant and with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, many forms of neoplasia can be treated. Our most important aim is to play a major role in providing vital information to anyone who owns or works with companion animals so that they can understand more about the different cancer types and possible treatments.

This section tells you about what cancer is, how it occurs and how it can be diagnosed.

Cancer is a scary word and once it enters a conversation about your pet you may not be able to concentrate on anything that is said after the ‘C’ word is spoken. We hope that the information on this website will help you and your family through an encounter with cancer.

After a period of diminished activity and a loss of trustees, we are now working on a business plan to help guide the charity into the future. Our first priority has been to update and expand our website and printed material. We plan to include more topical news and information, which will help both pet owners and specialists such as vets, nurses and dog groomers. Our next step is to recruit regional representatives to work with us on events such as our ‘Take the Lead’ dog walks. We will also be appearing at pet shows and a variety of other venues to speak about cancer in our pets and raise the profile of this valuable charity. Regrettably, this requires financial resources and none of the work of the Animal Cancer Trust can be achieved without fundraising.

I hope to follow the lead of my predecessors, Karen Pearson, who did so much to build up the Animal Cancer Trust and Susie Fenwicke-Clennell, who worked hard to keep the charity going during very tough times. I am anticipating a good year for the charity with the re-launch of the website and the challenge of building on the excellent foundation of the charity.

If you would like to help, please get in touch. We are recruiting new trustees as well as regional representatives and we can help organise events throughout the UK. Do something that you like to do and have fun while raising money for the Animal Cancer Trust. It doesn’t matter if you raise £2 or £2000 because every penny will help us. Please ‘Take the Lead’ and put a date in your diary to get walking!