Our Trustees


The Board of Directors of the Animal Cancer Trust, which is made up of a minimum of 3 Trustees, has recently undergone a major change and we have recruited some new and enthusiastic members.
We are still looking for additional Trustees, further details can be found on our volunteers and trustees page.


Clare Knottenbelt

Hawk and Dove Oncology Referrals https://hawkanddovevets.co.uk/
Clare graduated from the University of Bristol in 1994, and worked for a year in mixed practice, before starting her specialist training in small animal medicine at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
She obtained the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine in 1999 as well as a Masters in Transfusion medicine.
Clare worked as a clinician at the University of Glasgow from 2000 and was awarded a personal Professorship in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology in 2010.
She was Clinical Director of the University of Glasgow’s Small Animal Hospital for 6 years and worked within the University’s Oncology service for 11 years before leaving to establish Hawk and Dove, an oncology service with the goal of compassionate cancer treatment.
Clare is married and has two teenage daughters, a Labrador cross called Jumble and a horse called Toffee. She has personal experience of dealing with pets with cancer having lost her last dog, Huntly to thyroid cancer.


Nele Van den Steen

CertSAM MSc (Clinical Oncology) DipECVIM‑CA MRCVSEBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Cave Veterinary Specialists www.cave-vet-specialists.co.uk
Nele graduated as a vet from Ghent University in July 2002. After two years of small animal practice in the Midlands, she moved to Newmarket where she completed a small animal internship at the Animal Health Trust. She continued as an oncology fellow and enrolled in a Masters in Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham.
Nele was awarded her MSc in 2012. In 2010, she joined Dick White Referrals to complete a residency in small animal internal medicine and gained her RCVS Certificate in small animal medicine in 2011 and her European Diploma in 2012.
Nele loves spending her time outdoors and has a lovely son named Harri and a Springer Spaniel called Bobby.


Tom Cave