New Head of Bristol Vet School appointed
Press release issued: 22 July 2020
Professor Tim Parkin, a Bristol alum and specialist in population medicine within the European College of Veterinary Public Health, has been appointed as the new Head of the Bristol Veterinary School at the University of Bristol. Professor Parkin will take up the role on 9 November 2020.
After graduating in 1998 with a BVSc from Bristol Vet School, Professor Parkin has garnered an impressive repertoire of awards, honours and broad experience in the veterinary field.
As a specialist in population medicine within the European College of Veterinary Public Health, Professor Parkin is internationally renowned as the ‘go-to’ person when it comes to researching musculoskeletal disease and injury in the sports horse. His group has pioneered many novel analytical techniques, including the use of artificial intelligence to best identify horses at significant risk of deleterious outcomes.
After joining the University of Glasgow as a Senior Fellow in Clinical Research in 2007, Professor Parkin was later appointed to Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology, working at the interface of industry, science and clinical medicine with expertise in quantitative and qualitive data. He has co-authored 86 peer-reviewed publications and his final year course, 'Veterinary Public Health, Epidemiology and Population Medicine', has been described as ‘the best’ and ‘most interesting’ course across the Vet Bioscience programme'.
On his appointment, Professor Parkin said: “I am delighted and extremely proud to be returning to Bristol as Head of the Vet School. My whole career was shaped by my early experiences at the school and I relish the opportunity to inspire the current and future cohorts of students in a similar way. Working with colleagues at the school I am sure we can continue the excellent progress that has been made over the last ten years.”
Professor Jane Norman, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences stated: “I am delighted to announce that Tim Parkin will be the next Head of Bristol Veterinary School. Tim is a Bristol graduate (twice) and brings a wealth of experience in population health and in veterinary research and education leadership roles. I look forward to working with Tim and veterinary school colleagues to build on Bristol’s continuing success over the next few years.”