The Parliamentary Intern

Fiona graduated from the University of Cambridge with degrees in Veterinary Medicine (2021) and Zoology (2018). Since graduating, she worked as a small animals veterinarian in an independent veterinary practice in West London for 18 months, before going to Borneo to volunteer with Orangutans. Throughout the internship she will continue to work as a clinical veterinarian and hopes to volunteer at Vauxhall City Farm.

Previous Interns


Dr Harriet Davenport BSc BVSc MRCVS

Harriet graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Veterinary Science in 2020, having intercalated at Imperial College in 2018 with a BSc in Immunity and Infection. She then worked at a start-up which specialise din strategic market research for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, before joining the CPRF in October 2021. After finishing the VPRF internship, Harriet is undertaking a small animal emergency and critical care internship at Advanced Vetcare in Melbourne, Australia. She will also be working on an ad-hoc basis in the Research and Development department of Scolexia Pty – a veterianary consultancy business specialising in the intensive livestock sector.


Dr Catrina Prince BSc BVSc MSc MRCVS

After Catrina finished the internship, she joined the Veterinary Medicines Directorate as an Antimicrobial Use Stewardship and Stakeholder Engagement Manager.

Swapping Practice for Policy

Enforcement and Animal Welfare

Brexit, Food Systems and Veterinary Surgeons

Trade and Agriculture

Amending the Agriculture Bill

Cuts to Official Development Assistance

Discussing public goods and small abattoirs

Climate Change and (unforeseen) consequences

2017 – 2019

Dr Gabrielle Laing BVSc PhD MRCVS

Gabrielle is a veterinary surgeon who started her career in mixed practice in Yorkshire before completing a PhD at Liverpool University looking at the respiratory health of working horses in Ethiopia. While completing her field work in Ethiopia, she became interested in the interdependency of animals and humans and the One Health approach. Moving into health policy she completed an internship with the Royal Society, before becoming assistant to Lord Trees as the only vet in Parliament.

After finishing the internship, Gabrielle joined Unlimit Health (formerly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative Foundation) as their One Health Policy Advisor, focusing on how to use the approach to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). This has involved working closely with the World Health Organisation to write the One Health companion document to the NTD roadmap 2021-2030 and advise on the Quadripartite’s Zoonotic Disease Guidance operational tool on Workforce Development.  

She is also secretary of the European Network for Ecohealth and One Health (NEOH, part of EcoHealth International) having recently published a set of updated core competence for One Health and an accompanying text book where, she is lead author on the One Health Policy and Governance chapter. Gabby also sits as Trustee at the Soulsby Foundation for One Health, a research grant making body encouraging international exchange and implementation of One Health. She also sits as Chair of the NTD NGO Network’s One Health Group and an adviser to the Lancet One Health Commission.  

Parliamentary interaction with stakeholders through APPGs

One Health in Policy

Animal Sentience amendment to Withdrawal Bill

Brexit ‘No Deal’ fears for animal welfare and agriculture

Non-stun slaughter question in the House of Lords

A new parliamentary intern for Lord Treess


Dr Anthony Ridge MA VetMB MRCVS

Anthony graduated in 2013 from the University of Cambridge with degrees in Veterinary Medicine and Zoology. He spent some time as a charity small animal veterinary surgeon, before he took the role of the Parliamentary Veterinary Intern for 2 years. Since leaving the internship in 2017, he joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) as a Senior Veterinary Inspector. He now works as a Defra Veterinary Advisor for international trade. Anthony is interested in policy and in promoting the roles of veterinarians in society particularly in relation to animal welfare, environmental sustainability and One Health.

A leap into the unknown: Anthony’s parting thoughts
Brexit vets and immigration
The World Association for Animal Health (OiE)
A murder at Westminster
Parliamentary activities behind the scenes
Considering future career options
EU select committee and its role in Brexit negotiations
Brexit and its implications for vets
The State Opening of Parliament and Animal Welfare
A day in the life of the Parliamentary Veterinary Intern
Antimicrobial resistance and the veterinary profession
Veterinary role in global rabies elimination
The veterinary parliamentary consultation
First impressions of the internship
Anthony’s first article: Aspirations


Dr Hannah Jordan BSc BVetMed MRCVS

Hannah graduated from the Royal Veterinary College with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2013, having previously completed a degree in Bioveterinary Science at the same institution. She was the first Parliamentary Intern to Lord Trees, from October 2013-15. Following the internship, she spent two years with the British Veterinary Association, leading their policy on animal health and also covering Northern Ireland and Brexit policy. In July 2017 she moved to Defra as Assistant Private Secretary to the Special Advisers of the Secretary of State. She subsequently worked as a Private Secretary to the Secretary of State (Michael Gove, MP) covering animal health and welfare, floods and emergencies, resources and waste, forestry, and biodiversity net gain policy. From 2019 to 2020 she worked as policy lead on future farming animal welfare before accepting the role of Strategic Policy Adviser to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (George Eustice, MP). After a spell on maternity leave, Hannah continues in this role, having supported Therese Coffey, MP and currently Steve Barclay, MP on food and farming, animal health and welfare. 

Hannah’s final diary article
Appointing a successor and other parliamentary activities
Activities during recess
Business in Parliament before the House rises for the general election
February’s events
Maintaining clinical skills
Food security
Food labelling and WATOK
State opening of Parliament
Activities since recess
Reflections on the first six months
A mixed bag of activities in the Lords
Non stun slaughter
A busy period in the run up to Christmas
Animal welfare
First week in the internship
Career choices and preparing for the internship

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