Fiona Stephens – head of veterinary connections
Fiona has worked in the veterinary industry for more than 25 years and is skilled in veterinary medicine, communication, recruitment, HR, mentoring, business development and leadership. Having finished a degree in physiology from the University of Oxford, she then embarked on her veterinary studies and graduated from the University of Bristol in 1996.
Fiona worked in clinical practice for 18 years with roles spanning large mixed practices, high-end small animal hospitals and charity work in the Bahamas. She has a particular interest in imaging, and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging. Having enjoyed being a clinical director, in 2014 she moved into management full-time and worked initially as a regional director, and then for the past three years headed up recruitment for a large, family-owned veterinary group based in the south-east.
Role at VBD
Fiona joined VBD in October 2021. She is passionate about effective communication and has completed a Specialist Diploma in Internal Communications from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Within communication, her areas of interest are voice, listening and dialogue, and their impact on engagement and retention.
Fiona will be bringing a veterinary voice to VBD and is looking forward to engaging with veterinary professionals at all levels, to help VBD achieve its aim to improve the veterinary workplace by providing relevant information and support to the veterinary profession. Fiona is happy to hear from anyone who can help to further develop VBD’s value and role within the veterinary profession.