The Anval team

Meet Anval’s three key advisers.


Peter Gripper, managing director

Peter graduated from London in 1980 and for 23 years was a partner in a mixed Somerset practice with seven vets and three sites. He retired from practice in 2005 to work as a full time consultant for Anval, and acts as an expert witness on veterinary business matters.

  • Business interests include practice management and development, business finance and marketing
  • Co-author of the book Veterinary Practice Management
  • Chair Editorial board of the In Practice journal management group
  • Joint chair of VPMA C&T committee examination board for Certificate in Veterinary Practice (CVPM) 2005-11
  • BCVA Council member for 8 years
  • Written for publications on COSHH, health & safety and marketing and other business topics



Ewan McNeill

Ewan qualified from Glasgow in 1984 and spent the next five years doing mixed practice. In 1989 he moved to a surgery in Nottingham and concentrated on small animal work, buying Castle Veterinary Centre in 1996; he and his wife Brin, also a vet, still own and run the practice. He works part time for Royal Canin as editor-in-chief of Veterinary Focus, a clinical journal for small animal vets printed in 10 languages and distributed worldwide. In his spare time he writes and lectures on diverse subjects within the veterinary sphere. He joined Anval in 2009.

  • Clinical interests include radiography, ophthalmology and rabbit medicine
  • Business interests include financial and management issues in running practice
  • Elected president of SPVS in 2006
  • Elected to BVA board 2007
  • Consultant for University of Nottingham
  • Awarded Vetoquinol Veterinary Literary Award in 2003 and 2004
  • Director of “Vetlife” (Vet Benevolent Fund since 2016)


Peter Orpin

Peter qualified from Bristol in 1983 and after practising in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, he spent a year working in New Zealand and travelling in Asia. He returned to a practice in Leicester in 1988 and helped it develop from a four-person, two-site practice to a 28-vet, four-site mixed practice, now with a dedicated night service. Peter remains an active clinician.

  • Clinical interests include developing herd health preventative programmes for farmers and maintaining contact with all aspects of mixed practice
  • Business interests include finding ways to develop practices to suit the changing needs of both clients and the practice
  • Past President of the British Cattle Veterinary Association
  • Chaired the Strategic Review of BCVA in 1996
  • Has published a number of papers on practice development