Pet charity Blue Cross has announced that Dogs Monthly contributor Dr Paul Manktelow has joined the charity’s executive board as its new veterinary services director.

Dr Manktelow brings with him a wealth of experience across veterinary, business and the media industries – including as a regular contributor to Dogs Monthly. He trained at Glasgow Vet School, graduating in 2002, subsequently achieving an MSc in Wild Animal Health from the Royal Veterinary College and an Executive MBA from London South Bank University.

Dr Manktelow joins Blue Cross from PDSA, where he was principal of vet services.

As well as a career in veterinary leadership, Dr Manktelow regularly appears in the UK media as a TV personality, public speaker and presenter of the pet lifestyle podcast ‘The Consult Room’.

“I am really excited to be joining Blue Cross in this symbolic year which sees the charity celebrating its 125th anniversary,” Dr Manktelow said.

“The profession is facing significant challenges and yet the demand for charitable veterinary care has never been greater. I’m passionate about people and eager to support the clinical teams whilst we work together to develop innovative and sustainable ways in which we can meet this societal demand for pets in need.

“Blue Cross is a unique welfare charity in that it helps pet owners across a number of Areas and I’m excited to scope out opportunities to collaborate and add veterinary expertise to these vital services.”

The charity’s clinical teams helped over 25,000 pets last year at Blue Cross animal hospitals and pet care clinics. 2022 is the 125th anniversary of Blue Cross, originally ‘Our Dumb Friends League’. The charity formed to help vulnerable pets and their owners and we continue this work today across our rehoming, clinical, animal behaviour, pet bereavement support and educational work.

Blue Cross relies on the support and donations of pet lovers to continue our vital work. To find out more and make a donation, visit




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here