Professor Philip Robinson | Harper & Keele Veterinary School
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Professor Philip Robinson


Professor of Veterinary Public Health and Deputy Head of School

Professor Philip Robinson is an academic veterinarian teaching and conducting research in veterinary public health in the Harper and Keele Veterinary School. He is a RCVS Recognised Specialist in State Veterinary Medicine. After qualifying as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Glasgow, Philip worked as a private practitioner in mixed veterinary practices in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and then spent 12 years as a government veterinary field officer, Official Veterinarian and epidemiologist with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in Northern Ireland. He is a Diplomate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in State Veterinary Medicine, and holds the MSc degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health (with Distinction) from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. In 2010 Philip was awarded a NI Civil Service US-UK Fulbright Scholarship at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, where he conducted research on factors affecting diagnostic sample submission to veterinary laboratories. Philip completed his PhD in the Geography Department of Durham University, having researched factors affecting the bovine tuberculosis eradication programme in Northern Ireland. After working as a Senior Lecturer and then Principal Lecturer in Farm Animal Health and Welfare at Harper Adams University, Philip joined the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health before returning to Harper Adams in 2020, where he was Head of the Department of Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare until November 2022. His main research interests are in veterinary public health, veterinary surveillance, enzootic disease control in livestock, veterinary education, and using qualitative research methodologies at the interface of the natural and social sciences. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also serves as the Senior Vice President of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM) and as a Senior Editor of the scientific journal Annals of Applied Biology. In May 2023 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Harper and Keele Veterinary School.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)
  • Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM) - Senior Vice President
  • Veterinary Christian Fellowship (VCF)
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Additional Information

Teaching responsibilities

  • Public Health & State Veterinary Medicine (Harper & Keele Veterinary School)
  • Farm Animal Health (Harper Adams University)


  • Harper Adams University Aspire Excellence Students' Choice Award for Inspiring Learning 2016-17
  • Harper Adams University Aspire Teaching Excellence Award 2014-15

Office: VF21 Main Building

Research profile: ORCID


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