4 May 2023
“Being part of this international network of scientists involved in veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine means so much to me. Every time I return from conference the inspiration to train the next generation and make new scientific discoveries grows stronger!”
A leading academic at the Harper & Keele Veterinary School has headed up a major international conference in his role as President of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM).
Professor Philip Robinson, Professor of Veterinary Public Health in the School, has served as President of the Society over the past 12 months, after assuming the role at last year’s annual conference in his native Northern Ireland.
This year the conference was held in Toulouse, France, and Professor Robinson helmed proceedings, opening the conference which drew veterinary professionals from across the globe across its three days.
He said: “We had a fantastic attendance of nearly 240 delegates in the beautiful city of Toulouse in south-western France.
“Illustrating the global reach of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, we had five continents and 31 countries from across the world represented.
“It was a tremendous honour for me to welcome them all to the conference, and the mixture of scientific presentations, posters and a social programme made the conference a great success.“
Head of School, Professor Matt Jones said: “We were delighted to sponsor and support such a prestigious conference, especially during Philip’s Presidential year.
"It’s a great mark of esteem and fully reflective of his leadership and expertise in such an important field.
"Philip is the driving force behind our ambitions to create a centre of excellence integrating Veterinary Public Health with pathology and clinical farm animal practice at the Harper & Keele Vet School. We look forward to continuing to engage with and support the work of SVEPM in the future.”
Having previously served as the Society’s Honorary Secretary and Junior Vice President, Professor Robinson has now passed on the Presidential chain to his successor, but his work on the Executive Committee continues as Senior Vice President, with planning already underway for next year’s conference.
In the meantime, Professor Robinson’s work, teaching and conducting research in the fields of veterinary epidemiology and public health, continues.
He added: “Being part of this international network of scientists involved in veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine means so much to me.
“Every time I return from conference the inspiration to train the next generation and make new scientific discoveries grows stronger!”