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Simon Doherty

Director - Vet Sustain CIC

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Simon holds a senior position at the Institute of Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast where he works in the sphere of animal health and welfare, agricultural technology, One Health and sustainability.

Prior to his presidency of the British Veterinary Association (2018-19), he was the Animal Sciences & Aquaculture Sector Specialist for the Department for International Trade and was appointed as a GlobalScot by the Office of the First Minister of Scotland in 2018. He currently sits on the ‘Triple A’ sub-group of the Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group.

He is a Director of Vet Sustain, a community interest company focussed on providing veterinary surgeons with resources and toolkits to drive sustainability in their workplaces and help their clients to improve their sustainability too. He has contributed to the work of international development organisation, Send a Cow, as a trustee, ambassador and veterinary advisor.

He has two decades of experience in veterinary practice, industry and academia, is a Certified Aquaculture Veterinarian, a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

A former Chair of the UK One Health Coordination Group, Simon currently chairs the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe Food Safety & Sustainability Working Group and was recently appointed as an ad hoc expert to the World Veterinary Association One Health Strategic Focus Group and chairs the WVA One Health Education Working Group. He is a past-president of the North of Ireland Veterinary Association and a Life Member of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society.

Twitter:            @simondocvet