Department: Office of the Principal

Campus: Hawkshead

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

President & Principal, CEO and Chief Accountable Officer of the RVC with overall responsibility for strategic and operational leadership in all matters fiscal and academic.

Stuart is a veterinary graduate of the University of Glasgow where he rose to be Dean (2005-2010) before taking up the position of Principal at the RVC in 2011.

He is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in veterinary epidemiology and a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health, of which he was the first elected president. He has served on numerous committees including the Scottish Science Advisory Committee and the Veterinary Products Committee.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 2001 and was a member of the RSE inquiries into Infectious Salmon Anaemia, Foot and Mouth Disease and Avian Influenza. He has been recognised by his peers with the award of the Petplan Charitable Trust Scientific Award (2010), the Wooldridge Memorial Lecture and Medal (BVA, 2010), the McCall Lecture (2012) and was the 2016 recipient of the Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal for the advancement of veterinary science.

A veterinarian who has worked in both the private and public sector, Stuart has served on the executive committees of the professional bodies in Europe, USA and the UK; he has chaired the European Committee on Veterinary Education, been Honorary Secretary to the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges  and served as President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2014-2015, the governing body for the veterinary profession in the United Kingdom.  He is Chair of Trustees of The Donkey Sanctuary and sits on the board of the UK Food Standards Agency. He was made CBE in 2018.

With research interests in the application of quantitative epidemiological techniques to diseases of both animals and humans, Stuart has worked in Africa, Australia and the USA and has published over 130 papers and won over £15M in competitive grants. His most recent work, with others, on the One Health aspects of antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella appeared in Science and the Proceedings of the Royal Society and challenged some of the basic tenets of the origin and transmission of resistance.

Mellor, K C; Petrovska, L; Thomson, N R; Harris, K; Reid, S W J; Mather, A E.
Antimicrobial Resistance Diversity Suggestive of Distinct Salmonella Typhimurium Sources or Selective Pressures in Food-Production Animals.
Frontiers in Microbiology, 10.  2019

Mather, A.E., Reeve, R., Mellor, D.J., Matthews, L., Reid-Smith, R.J., Dutil, L., Haydon, D.T., Reid, S.W.J. (2016)
Detection of Rare Antimicrobial Resistance Profiles by Active and Passive Surveillance Approaches. PLoS One, 8:e0158515.

Nickbakhsh, S., Matthews, L., Reid, S.W.J. and Kao, R.R. (2014) A metapopulation model for highly pathogenic avian influenza: implications for compartmentalization as a control measure. Epidemiology and Infection, 5, 1-13.

Rich, K.M., Denwood, M.J., Stott, A.W., Mellor, D.J., Reid, S.W.J. and Gunn, G.J. (2013) Systems approaches to animal disease surveillance and resource allocation: methodological frameworks for behavioral analysis. PLoS One, 8,: e82019.

Matthews, L., Reeve, R., Gally, D.L., Low, J.C., Woolhouse, M.E., McAteer, S.P., Locking, M.E., Chase-Topping, M.E., Haydon, D.T., Allison, L.J., Hanson, M.F., Gunn, G.J. and Reid, S.W.J. (2013) Predicting the public health benefit of vaccinating cattle against Escherichia coli O157. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 110, 16265-70.

Mather, A.E., Reid, S.W.J., Maskell, D.J., Parkhill, J., Fookes, M.C., Harris, S.R., Brown D.J., Coia, J.E., Mulvey, M.R., Gilmour, M.W., Petrovska, L., de Pinna, E., Kuroda, M., Akiba, M., Izumiya, H., Connor, T.R., Suchard, M.A., Lemey, P., Mellor, D.J., Haydon, D.T. and Thomson. N.R. (2013) Distinguishable epidemics of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 in different hosts. Science, 341 1514-7.

Reid, S.W.J. (2015) Antimicrobial resistance – One Health. Really? Society for General Microbiology, Birmingham, March 2015.

Reid, S.W.J. (2015) AMR, livestock and humans: Salmonella Typhimurium DT104. Federation of Infection Societies, Glasgow, November 2015.

Reid, S.W.J. (2015) The future of the veterinary profession – a UK perspective. Veterinary Ireland, November 2015.

Reid, S.W.J. (2015) AMR, livestock and humans - The “One Health” slot. British Veterinary Poultry Association, Manchester, November 2015.

Reid, S.W.J. (2016) Creating the One Health professional - Lessons from a multi- lingual, multi-cultural setting, National Academy of Medicine, Washington DC, April 2016.

Reid, S.W.J. (2016) One Health, antimicrobial wars and the resistance movement. Kansas State University, Kansas, April 2016,

Reid, S.W.J. (2016) The global picture of accreditation mechanisms for VEEs, and the value of improving them. OIE, Bangkok, Thailand, July 2016.

Reid, S.W.J. (2016) Cell phone coverage, jigsaws and the future of the planet. Purdue University, Indiana, USA, November 2016.

Reid, S.W.J. (2017) The Future of Veterinary Education University of Pretoria, South Africa, August 2017.

Reid, S.W.J. (2017) Oscar W Schalm Memorial Lecture, part 1: One Health, Small profession. Big problem. Davis, USA, October 2017

Reid, S.W.J. (2017) Oscar W Schalm Memorial Lecture, part 2: Antimicrobial wars and the resistance movement – back to the future. Davis, USA, October 2017

Other Interests Held Position

The Donkey Sanctuary

Chairman of Trustees

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Council


Food Standards Agency

Board Member

University of London, Board of Trustees


University of London, Safety Committee


University of London, Estates Committee


University of London, Remuneration Committee 


Animal Care Trust

Trustee - ex-officio

LBIC [RVC Subsidiary]


RVC (Hong Kong) Ltd [RVC Subsidiary]


RVC Developments Ltd [RVC Subsidiary]


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