BVMS (Hons) PhD DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Simon joined RZSS in 2009, although he was part of their Ethics and Welfare Committee from 1999-2003 and has been involved professionally with the zoo through his work with DEFRA from 2007-2009. His work at RZSS involves overseeing the health plan for all of the animals held on site at both Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park as well as much of their work on in situ projects in the UK and overseas (such as Eurasian beavers and Scottish wildcats). Simon has worked with a number of private zoological collections in Scotland and England over the last 30 years as well as other zoo licensed premises.
He is a Past-President of the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) which is the European body that trains and examines veterinary surgeons at European Qualification Framework Level 8 (PhD equivalent) and is recognised by the European Parliament as the awarding body for European Veterinary Specialist status in zoological medicine.
Simon is also a previous President of the British Veterinary Zoological Society and Chief Examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for Zoological Medicine. Simon has authored, edited and co-authored a number of zoological textbooks and created the only City & Guilds recognised post-qualification course in zoological species for veterinary nurses. Simon gained his de facto status in the Diploma of ECZM in Zoo Health Management (ZHM) and became a European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management) at its inception in 2012. At Edinburgh Zoo he set up the first UK ECZM (ZHM) Residency training program in 2013, training the next generation of Zoo Health Management veterinary specialists.
⦁ Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (with Honours), and PhD from the University of Glasgow
⦁ Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Zoological Medicine – 1999
⦁ Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Zoological Medicine – 2002
⦁ Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine – 2003
⦁ EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management – 2012
⦁ Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Meritorious Contributions to the Profession – 2016
⦁ President of the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) 2016-2019
⦁ Fellow of the Royal Society of Biologists (FRSB)
⦁ Visiting Professor, University of the Highlands and Islands
⦁ Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Glasgow
⦁ Member of the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission
⦁ Chair of DEFRA’s Zoo Experts Committee
⦁ Member of DEFRA’s Animal Welfare Committee
⦁ Member of the Scottish Animal Welfare Committee
⦁ Veterinary Advisor, EAZA Felid Taxon Advisory Group
⦁ Veterinary Advisor, EAZA Pallas’ cat (Otocolobus manul) EEP
⦁ Veterinary Advisor, EAZA Red fronted macaw (Ara rubrogenys) EEP
⦁ Veterinary Advisor Scottish wildcat
⦁ Veterinary Advisor, BIAZA Hoofstock Focus Group
⦁ Veterinary Advisor, BIAZA Bird Working Group
⦁ Vice Chair, BIAZA Veterinary Focus Group
Professional and research interests
Simon's research covers numerous veterinary aspects, including disease, nutrition and reproduction in order to assist with the management of wild animals in a captive environment. He is also interested in the health assessment of animals involved in reintroduction programs, both before and after release.
For a list of Simon's publications please visit his Researchgate page.
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RZSS response to the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration
I was surprised and dismayed to read about the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration, which fails to recognise the importance of that vital pillar of biodiversity recovery, as well as flying in the face of recent guidance from the world authority for conservation, the IUCN.
Critically endangered wildcats now call the Cairngorms National Park home
The first round of wildcat releases in Scotland has been completed by Saving Wildcats, led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) in partnership with NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), The Cairngorms National Park Authority, Nordens Ark and Consejería de Sostenibilidad, Medio Ambiente y Economía Azul de la Junta de Andalucía.