Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Pathogen Flow in Ecosystems, IRLFS (Research Programme)

Stuart is our lecturer in wild animal health and his current roles include being the pathway leader for the BSc/MSci Biological Sciences (Wildlife Health Sciences), and the tracking rotation leader for our final year veterianry students' zoo tracking programme. His main interests are in the relevance of disease processes to conservation, and how this changes as existing populations become more fragmented.

As Associate Dean for Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, Stuart has responsibility for overseeing our taught masters programmes (Veterinary Epidemiology, Wild Animal Biology, Wild Animal Health, One Health, and our Distance Learning programmes), as well as our postgraduate clinical training programmes (our PG DIP VCP, and our MVetMed).

Career

2021- date Junior Vice President of the British Veterinary Zoological Society

2021- date Associate Dean for Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, RVC

2018-date  Lecturer in Wild Animal Health, RVC
    2018 - Present   Pathway Leader for BSc Biological Science (Wildlife Health Sciences)

    2018 – 2021        Course Director for MSc Wild Animal Biology and MSc Wild Animal Health

2017-2018  Temporary Lecturer in Dairy Medicine, RVC
2013-2017 PhD, RVC
2012-2013  Masters Student RVC
2007-2012  Veterinary surgeon working in UK farm animal practice

Qualifications
2020 PG Certificate in Veterinary Education, RVC
2017 PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology, RVC

2015 Master of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Conservation Medicine, University of Edinburgh
2013 Master of Science in Veterinary Epidemiology, RVC
2007 Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College London

My PhD work fieldwork was undertaken in the Kalahari desert of South Africa at the Kalahari Meerkat Project. Here I looked at targeting individuals for vaccination based upon their social position. I was interested in whether by targeting important individuals in the transmission network, disease levels could be controlled more efficinetly than with blanket vaccination.

This recent RVC podcast sums up a lot of my career to date and my interests....https://www.rvc.ac.uk/research/podcasts/52-dr-stuart-patterson

Stuart is currently the  pathway leader for the BSc/MSci in Biological Sciences (Wildlife Health Sciences). As well as these courses he runs a Zoo Tracking rotation for the BVetMed students, and contributes to communication skills training on the veterinary course. At a modular level, Stuart runs a Biodiversity Action Plan Dissertation module for our third year undergraduate science studnts, and an Introduction to Wild Animal Biology in the second year.

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