Leading veterinary group Linnaeus has appointed a new primary care medical director whose leadership qualities have seen him ascend to the top of his profession.

Christopher Tems, who is also a qualified mountain leader and climbing instructor, joins the group, ready to use his vast experience and clinical knowledge to make a positive difference to the group’s primary care practices.

“We already do amazing quality work within Linnaeus, and I’d like to see how we can optimise what we deliver to our patients and clients to take that to the next level. I want to focus on helping to develop the clinical directors leading our practices so they and their teams can deliver A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS,”  said Chris.

Following graduation from Bristol Vet School in 2005, Chris worked in small animal primary care practices in Wales and Kent. This was followed by his first clinical director role in 2012, which later saw him become a senior clinical director, regional director and referral operations director in a large UK veterinary group.

On joining Linnaeus, Chris said: “I was looking for the next challenge in my career and was keen to find a role where I could make a difference to vets working in practice, especially in primary care, using my experience of leading and developing practices to help new clinical directors with the enormous responsibility of leading a clinical team.

“I’ve already been impressed by how many amazing people there are in Linnaeus, and the quality of work which is being undertaken already is phenomenal.”

Welcoming Chris to the veterinary group, Séverine Tasker, the Chief Medical Officer at Linnaeus, said: “I am really pleased to welcome Chris to Linnaeus. Chris has veterinary and leadership skills that are second-to-none, and his appointment at Linnaeus will further support and benefit our primary care practices.”

Outside of work, Chris’ passion for mountaineering sees him climb all over the UK and further afield, and he can often be found with groups in the mountains on his weekends.

For more information about Linnaeus, visit www.linnaeusgroup.co.uk.

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