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Thomas EleyResidency: Production animal pathology with a research component and specialisation in porcine pathology

Thomas Eley - Royal Veterinary College
Duration - 2014-2017

Thomas is a veterinary surgeon who qualified from the RVC in 2008, having taken an intercalated BSc in veterinary pathology as part of the veterinary degree.  He worked in 100% farm animal practice in the south east of England for 5 and a half years before returning to take up my current post.  Since taking a specialist intercalated degree, pathology was always a strong interest of his as it plays such a key role in disease monitoring for agricultural species.

Potential Benefit to Industry
Pathology is a key skill required for effective disease monitoring in the pig industry both on farm and in the abattoir. Effective monitoring and surveillance is essential for the early detection of disease as well as measuring the health and welfare of animals along the production chain. There is currently a shortage of porcine specialist veterinary pathologists in the UK.  Training pathologists to a contemporary specialist standard is vital for the contribution they can make to disease monitoring and surveillance throughout the pig industry.

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