The Linnaeus Group has appointed a leading professor of feline medicine as its chief medical officer.
Professor Severine Tasker has been appointed to the newly-created role, which will oversee the development and execution of the Linnaeus Group’s clinical aims for the provision of quality medicine in all of its practices and hospitals across the UK.
An RCVS recognised specialist in internal medicine and feline medicine, Tasker is also a European veterinary specialist in small animal internal medicine. She has been on the academic staff of the University of Bristol since 2002.
In her role for Linnaeus, Tasker will also have responsibility for the group’s medical education strategy and programmes such as its Graduate Academy as well as its residency programmes and internships.
She will take up her position with Linnaeus, which was recently taken over by Mars Petcare’s Veterinary Health Group, in October.
Linnaeus chief executive Lynne Hill said: “I’m delighted to welcome Severine to the Linnaeus Group. She brings a wealth of clinical and academic knowledge to Linnaeus and in her role she will provide leadership and representation of the organisation’s clinicians at senior leadership team level.
“In her work with our medical education strategy, Severine will help our associates to grow and be supported in lifelong learning, from new graduates through to specialists and all positions in between.”
Tasker added: “It’s a great privilege to be joining Linnaeus in this new and exciting role. I would like to use my experience in academia to help clinicians throughout the Linnaeus Group to develop their full potential in a supportive environment.
“I am particularly motivated by the company’s forward-thinking values in leadership, innovation and clinical care and I am looking forward to working with staff in a mutual commitment to excellence. It is a very exciting time for Linnaeus and I’m delighted to be playing a part in the further development of the group.”