Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
 
 
Send Cancel

Profession saddened by the passing of Lord Soulsby
Prof Stuart Reid and Lord Soulsby
Former RCVS president Stuart Reid presenting Lord Soulsby with the Queen's Medal.

Inspiring vet has died at the age of 90

Tributes are being paid to Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, who has sadly passed away at the age of 90. Lord Soulsby’s career has been described as unique and “truly exceptional”, dedicated to bridging the gap between human and veterinary medicine.

Lord Soulsby was the first veterinary surgeon to become a Life Peer of the House of Lords in 1990. He was also the first veterinary, non-medical president of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), where he served from 1998-2000.

The RSM and RCVS have expressed sadness at his passing. RCVS president Chris Tufnell said Lord Soulsby gave an “outstanding service” to the profession, veterinary science and animal welfare, and was known for his “endearing personality as much as his intellect”.

“He will be missed by many colleagues in the veterinary world but his legacy will live on through inspiring veterinary surgeons from all walks of life to work more closely with other healthcare and medical professionals and through his numerous published works and papers. Our sympathies are with his family and friends.”

A 1948 graduate of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Lord Soulsby was a professor of parasitology at the University of Pennsylvania, before moving to the University of Cambridge as dean and professor of animal pathology. He was also a visiting fellow or professor at institutions in Australia, Poland, Austria, Nigeria, Germany and the West Indies.

In 2015 he was awarded the Queen’s Medal, the highest award that the RCVS can bestow upon a veterinary surgeon. It recognised his contribution to One Health, as well as his international work as a fellow and professor across the globe.

Judy MacArthur Clark, a friend of Lord Soulsby, is quoted by the BEVA as saying the family are in the process of setting up a charity - The Soulsby Foundation - in his honour. It will support fellowships in One World One Health. Details of a memorial service will be published at a later date, though it is expected to take place in London this autumn.

Image courtesy of the RCVS

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

New app to improve street dog welfare

News Story 1
 A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  

Click here for more...
News Shorts
Farm to fork traceability championed in new service

Defra has created a new information service to offer farm to fork traceability when the UK leaves the EU. The Livestock Information Service, which is set to be operational from 2019, will identify and track animal movements via electronic IDs, meaning the industry and government are better placed to respond in the event of a disease outbreak.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “This service will be instrumental in improving traceability and providing guarantees to consumers about the origin of their food. NFU President Minette Batters, among others, has helped lead the way on this, showing how it will drive a progressive and vibrant livestock industry once we leave the EU.”