Prof Anna Meredith

Personal Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine


I qualified from the University of Cambridge in Veterinary Medicine in 1999 after a first degree in Physiological Sciences  from the University of Oxford.  After a year in general practice I joined  R(D)SVS as a lecturer in exotic animal and wildlife medicine in 1992 and have over 20 years experience as a clinician working with exotic animals and wildlife. I established and lead the Exotic Animal and Wildlife Service and was head veterinary surgeon for the Royal Zoologial Society of Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo (1992-2009). I am a RCVS and European Recognisied Specilaist in Zoo and Wildlief Medicine and my focus now is on wildlife and conservation medicine. I am also Director of Postgraduate Taught programmes at the Easter Bush Campus and am Programme Director for the MVetSci in Conservation Medicine


Collaborative Activity

Institute of Zoology; SNH; Scottish Wildcat Action Plan partnership

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Zoological medicine;  RCVS  Diplomate and Recognised Specialist in  Zoological Medicine (Mammalian); ECZM Diplomate and Specilaist on Zoological Medicine (Wildlife Population Health)


Area of Expertise

Zoological Medicine, Conservation Medicine, Exotic Pet Medicine


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh Evaluation of predators as sentinels for emerging infectious diseases Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Cambridge), University of Cambridge Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford Master of Arts, University of Oxford

Professional Qualifications

Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Wildlife Population Health), DipECZM RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine, DZooMed RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine, CertZooMed RCVS Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science, CertLAS

Responsibilities & affiliations


  • Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
  • Chair, Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Member, Senior Management Group
  • PG teaching staff


  • Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
  • Chair, College Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Member, College Strategy Group
  • Member, Edinburgh Medicial School Executive
  • Member, College Quality Assurance and Enhancement Commitee


  • Member, Learning and Teaching Committee

Undergraduate teaching


Student Research Component

Postgraduate teaching

PG (Msc Taught courses)

 MSc Conservation Medicine

 An introduction to Conservation Medicine          

Eco-system health and species conservation      

Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance for Conservation Medicine

Veterinary techniques and interventions for Conservation Medicine      

Wildlife disease management

Interventions in Wild Animal Health

Research summary

Red squirrel surveillance and infectious diseases (squirrelpox, squirrel leprosy); Scottish wildcat conservation and infectious diseases; a novel Amphibiocystidium disease in palmate newts on the Isle of Rum; Scottish raptor mortality; infectious diseases of pine martens

Current research interests

Wildlife diseases and epidemiology; Conservation Medicine

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