A passionate animal advocate, Scott was born in Brisbane, Australia to British parents. He graduated in 1997 from the University of Queensland Veterinary School and began his career working at the RSPCA clinic in Sydney before settling in London, where he set up a small animal practice. He is currently the owner of, and principal veterinarian at, three veterinary practices in SW London.
Scott’s skill and charisma caught the eyes of producers and viewers when he received a chance call-out to attend a sick chicken on the first series of Big Brother. He began working regularly in the media, hosting Extinct for Meridian and regularly appearing on BBC Breakfast News, GMTV, Blue Peter, The Paul O'Grady Show and CBBC. He appeared as an expert vet on BBC's coverage of Crufts Dog Show, and has been a regular vet on This Morning for over six years. He also featured on Sky 1's Pet Nation and became one of the lead presenters on children's programme, Who Let the Dogs Out and About? for CBBC.
Scott hosts the popular series Vet on the Hill which follows the day-to-day life at his veterinary clinic. The critically acclaimed first series aired on More 4 in spring 2016 and, after rating number one on the channel, has since returned for a further four series.
Scott works closely with a number of animal charities and he travelled to Pakistan in the wake of the earthquakes of December 2005 to treat injured donkeys and horses.
He is a patron of International Animal Rescue and he has worked with them in India and Indonesia rescuing sloth bears and macaque monkeys.
Cat, also known as ‘Cat The Vet’, graduated from Bristol Vet School in 2003 and has worked with pet animals ever since. She started practicing in the West Midlands but more recently moved back to her home town of Sheffield, where she plays to stay.
Cat is a passionate animal advocate and believes all pets are deserving of good quality veterinary care. She knows the companionship and comfort animals give is second to none and just how important they are in their owner’s lives. She is dedicated to helping pet owners understand their best friends and any conditions they may have, which is why she started her popular blog and social media pages - to bridge the gap between veterinary professionals and pet parents!
In addition to writing for her own website, she also writes for several magazines and online outlets and has appeared on TV, most recently on CBBC’s ‘The Pets Factor’.
Cat is delighted to be a patron of Street Paws and she is looking forward to promoting “this amazing charity and the incredibly valuable work they do in any way I can.”
Peter is a vet and star of Channel 5's The Yorkshire Vet
He worked with Alf White and Donald Sinclair, the original James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon, and enjoys telling the younger vets tales from his time with them which leaves them wondering if he ever made an appearance in the James Herriot books! Peter enjoys small animal internal medicine as well as equine work, but is also regularly seen out on farm visits.
“As a vet I have closely observed people who live on the streets with their pets. It is very apparent to me the strong bond that exists between these people, who have fallen on hard times and their animals. I am also aware that without the support of organisations such as Street Paws that when their beloved companion becomes ill or needs help there are very few options open. Street Paws are here for them and I am very happy to support them.”
James Bowen is an English author and busker based in London. His memoirs A Street Cat Named Bob, The World According to Bob and A Gift from Bob, written with author Garry Jenkins, were international best-sellers. A movie based on the first two books was released in 2016. James now dedicates his time to helping numerous charities that involve homelessness, literacy, and animal welfare.
In 1997 James began sleeping on the streets and for the next few years either slept in the streets or stayed in shelters. He began using heroin to escape from the realities of homelessness. In spring 2007, he was enrolled on a methadone programme, busking in Covent Garden, and living in a supported housing programme in Tottenham, London.
One evening he returned home to find a ginger cat in the hallway of his building. Assuming it belonged to another resident, he simply returned to his flat. When the cat was still there the following day, and the day after that, Bowen became concerned and discovered the cat was wearing no collar or ID tag, and had an infected wound on his leg. Bowen checked with other residents to see if the stray belonged to any of them, and when none of them claimed ownership of the animal Bowen decided to help the cat himself.
James took the cat to the nearby RSPCA clinic, which provided antibiotics to treat the infected wound. To make sure the cat received the full two-week course of medication, he took him in for a time, while he continued to look for the stray’s owner.
When he couldn’t find any information, he released the cat back on to the street, hoping he’d find his way home. Instead, he began to follow James around, even following him onto the bus when he left to go busking. Concerned that the cat had nowhere else to go, James took him in permanently, naming him Bob after the character Killer BOB from the television drama Twin Peaks.
Since Bob constantly followed James when he was going to work, he got him a harness for safety and allowed him to come along to his regular spots in Covent Garden and Piccadilly, travelling in the window seat of the number 73 bus. The public reaction was positive and the pair became popular, their visibility increasing still further when Bowen began selling The Big Issue. The public began uploading videos of James and Bob to YouTube, and tourists would visit Covent Garden to see them.
During this time, James decided to conclude his methadone treatment. He credits this development to Bob, saying "I believe it came down to this little man. He came and asked me for help, and he needed me more than I needed to abuse my own body. He is what I wake up for every day now... he’s definitely given me the right direction to live my life."