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Dr Heather Bacon

Veterinary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Curriculum lead

Heather is a veterinary surgeon with extensive experience of veterinary practice across a range of sectors including private practice, charity work and academia. Heather has worked in the UK and internationally and has a particular interest in veterinary skills training, clinical and ethical reasoning, and animal behaviour and welfare. Heather holds a postgraduate certificate in zoological medicine, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2021, was awarded an OBE for services to veterinary education and animal welfare.

Heather is responsible for developing productive relationships and networks to ensure the success of the University of Central Lancashire's new veterinary school, through academic development and recruitment. Heather's research interests include animal welfare, education, and exotic animal medicine and surgery, and she has published in a range of peer-reviewed journals and authored several textbook chapters. In particular she consults on zoo animal behaviour and welfare issues. Heather sits on several national and international committees focussed on veterinary education and animal welfare, and is a DEFRA-appointed zoo inspector.

Heather graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2003 with an intercalated honours degree in conservation medicine and from the University of Bristol in 2005 with her veterinary degree. She achieved her postgraduate certificate in zoological medicine in 2009 whilst working in China as the Veterinary Director of Animals Asia, an international animal welfare charity. In 2010 she was appointed as a founding international education and outreach manager at the University of Edinburgh's Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, where she worked to achieve the Centre's strategic aims, develop new postgraduate programmes, and to embed ethical reasoning and animal welfare within the veterinary curriculum.
Heather has received numerous national and international awards for her work in animal welfare and veterinary eductaion. In 2021, Heather was awarded a Senior fellowship from the Higher Education Academy, and an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to Veterinary education and animal welfare.

  • CertZooMed, RCVS 2009
  • BVSc. University of Bristol 2005
  • BSc. (Hons) University of Liverpool, 2003
  • OBE Veterinary education and animal welfare, her Majesty the Queen, 2021
  • SFHEA, Higher Education Academy 2021
  • J.A. Wight Award, British Small Animal Veterinary Association, 2019
  • Trevor Blackburn Award, British Veterinary Association, 2016
  • CEVA Chris Lawrence Vet of the Year, CEVA animal welfare awards, 2016
  • Animal welfare
  • Veterinary Education
  • Zoo animals
  • WSAVA animal welfare committee
  • FVE animal welfare committee
  • ACC&D International advisory board
  • EAZA animal welfare working group
  • BVZS council
  • Memberships:
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • British Veterinary Association
  • British Veterinary Zoological Society