John Innes BVSc PhD CdrtVR DSAS(orth) FRCVS is CVS’s Referrals Director, a role which involves overseeing the development of the company’s six specialist referral centres and working with the training team to develop clinical CPD programmes. John is a RCVS-registered specialist in small animal orthopaedics. He was formerly professor of veterinary surgery at University of Liverpool where he developed the small animal specialist services and led research in canine arthritis. He has published over 85 peer-reviewed papers and authored several book chapters. John previously chaired the BSAVA Scientific Committee and has acted for RCVS in veterinary school accreditation. He continues to perform clinical activity in orthopaedics at ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists.