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Stuart Reid - Board Member

Outlines the professional history of our board members and gives details of any business interests they may have in order to ensure transparency.
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Stuart Reid is Principal of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London. An alumnus of the University of Glasgow, he became one of its youngest professors in 1996 and dean in 2005, before moving to the RVC in 2011.

Stuart is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) as a specialist in veterinary epidemiology and in veterinary public health by the European Board of Veterinary Specialists, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His research interests are currently focused on zoonotic disease and antimicrobial resistance. He has over 160 scientific publications, most recently in PNAS and Science, and has secured over £15m in competitive funding during his career.

Stuart was President of the RCVS in 2014-15, a year which saw the launch of a new Royal Charter, the introduction of the courtesy title of 'Dr' for UK veterinarians, the embracing by the College of its international diaspora, and a far reaching overhaul of its 50 year old governance structures. In addition, two major initiatives, Vet Futures and Mind Matters, were initiated. He also ran the 2015 London marathon to raise awareness and £14k for mental health issues in the profession.

In his public service, he has been a trustee of The Donkey Sanctuary since 1996 and Chairman of Trustees since 2007. The charity is now the largest of its kind worldwide. He is a Trustee of the University of London.

Stuart has been recognised for his work by industry (Pfizer, Petplan Charitable Trust), the profession (the British Veterinary Associations Wooldridge Medal), his alma mater (the McCall Lecture, University of Glasgow) and his scientific discipline in the UK, EU and USA.  Stuart received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2018 for services to the veterinary profession and higher education.


  • Principal, The Royal Veterinary College


Directorships, whether paid or not.

  • London BioScience Innovation Centre (RVC Subsidiary) – Director
  • RVC (Hong Kong) Ltd (RVC Subsidiary) – Director
  • RVC Developments Ltd (RVC Subsidiary) – Director

Organisations, clubs or bodies 

Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations.

  • The Donkey Sanctuary - Chairman of Trustees
  • Animal Care Trust - Trustee (Ex Officio)