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.

  • 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


Geoff Little has retired from Anval work and is now fully occupied with family, friends & fishing.