Alison qualified in 1988 from the Royal Veterinary College, London. After a period in mixed and small animal practice Alison completed a residency in small animal dermatology at the Bristol Veterinary School.

She gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1994 and is a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Dermatology. For the past 20 years she has provided a referral dermatology service to practices in Norfolk and Suffolk.