I’m a Lecturer in Virology at the Royal Veterinary College. I’ve been there for 5 years now and it’s a role in which I balance research and teaching. I always had a strong zoological interest and my realisation that vets could make broad impacts on global health was what drove me back from the Bedfordshire fields into a lab at Cambridge Vet School to do my PhD in molecular virology. There’s more on my career path in a Veterinary Record article ‘From herpetology to virology: how did that happen?’.
Welcome to this first blog post! I graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool in 2005 and immediately spent time volunteering for a veterinary charity in Morocco. This experience provided me with an appreciation of the important role animals have in the livelihoods of communities in Africa. This was my first exposure to One Health – the recognition that the health of animals and the health of humans are intrinsically linked.
Among many obituaries profiling the life and work of Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, who died on 8 May 2017, was a recent episode of BBC Radio 4’s Last Word. Listen to presenter Mathew Bannister talking to Lord Soulsby’s daughter Kate Bulloch and colleague Dr Judy MacArthur Clark. (Start listening at 7.19 minutes).
Applications will be invited for Soulsby Travelling Fellowships once registration with the Charity Commission is completed.
We look forward to reading contributions to this blog from Soulsby Travelling Fellows in due course.