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Iain Richards

Senior Lecturer - Animal Life
School of Veterinary Medicine

Iain is an innovative, enquiring veterinarian who combines 30 years’ clinical experience of all major species into a wider understanding of how ecology and ecosystem health affect animal and human epidemiology.

Iain will be involved in the creation of and teaching within the new veterinary school, bringing his wide experience of clinical practice and business skills into the syllabus

Iain has spent most of his working life as a mixed species practitioner, mostly in the north of England. He has progressed from assistant to sole owner, partner and finally as director of a two-site multi vet practice. During that time he worked intensively in the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001 gaining insight into disease control at an epidemic level. His practice was a founding member of XLVets UK and Iain later served on the board of Directors.
From 2011, he left clinical practice and combined househusband and childcare duties with occasional locum work, that included stints on the Isle of Mull and the island of St Kitts. From 2013-2106 he studied for and gained a Masters in Conservation Medicine through Edinburgh University, which rekindled a longstanding interest in ecology. This now provides his major area of interest in how the ecology of parasites needs to be understood in order to maintain sustainable control.

Iain has served on the committees of several veterinary bodies, and is currently chair of the BVA Veterinary Policy Committee

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, 1988
  • Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia, RCVS, 1992
  • Certificate in Sheep Health and Production, RCVS, 2008
  • Masters in Veterinary Science (Conservation Medicine) University of Edinburgh, 2016
  • One Health
  • Conservation Medicine
  • Sheep Health and Welfare
  • Parasites
  • Fasciolosis
  • British Veterinary Association
  • Sheep Veterinary Society
  • Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons