Dr Penny Watson is Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge, UK. She graduated from Cambridge in 1989 and spent 4 years in very mixed practice before returning to Cambridge to undertake her Residency in Small Animal Medicine. She has been there ever since and now helps run a busy referral clinic. She is an RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine and holds the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology and Diploma in Small Animal Medicine and is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM). She became a Fellow of the RCVS in 2016. Penny is current ECVIM President and a former chair of the ECVIM Internal Medicine Diploma examination committee and former Honorary Secretary of BSAVA. Penny Watson’s research focuses on liver and pancreas disease in dogs and cats, particularly chronic disease and fibrosis and she has published widely in these areas. She has also taken an active interest in teaching communications skills to veterinary students: she was one of two original teachers who introduced this to Cambridge Veterinary School with the help of the Veterinary Defence Society and she helped develop the veterinary adaptation of the Cambridge-Calgary model of the consultation. She has trained as a facilitator and teaches communication skills herself. Dr Watson is also a Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine and College Tutor at Emmanuel College Cambridge.