The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies Bicentenary

Chair of General Veterinary Practice appointed by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Professor Adam Tjolle has been appointed Chair of General Veterinary Practice at the Dick Vet.

Professor Adam Tjolle
Professor Adam Tjolle

A leading veterinary surgeon has been appointed Chair of General Veterinary Practice at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Professor Adam Tjolle, who has over 25 years’ experience in mixed veterinary practice, took up the role in September 2023.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies celebrates its bicentenary in 2023, marking 200 years since William Dick established it as Scotland’s first vet school. Today, it is a world leader in clinical practice, education and research, with a future-focused strategy and a track record in innovation.

It is the first veterinary school to establish a Division of General Veterinary Practice, and has done so in recognition of the need for ever greater integration with the profession. The Division will seek to understand how the School can better support students, practices and clients in the evolving general practice landscape.

Supporting the profession

This new Division reflects the depth of feeling within the School on the importance of supporting the profession. The vast majority of veterinary medicine graduates work in general practice after graduation, with many deciding to work overseas. Professor Tjolle will be engaging with veterinary practitioners and businesses to ensure graduates are excellently prepared for all scenarios.

Promoting the profession

Professor Tjolle, who was previously Chief Executive of the Inglis Vet group, is looking forward to engaging with veterinary students and promoting this sector of the profession as a rewarding and enjoyable career.

The Dick Vet is established as an innovative centre of excellence, and it’s a huge privilege to help further its mission by educating and celebrating the joy and the genius of general veterinary practice.

Professor Adam TjolleChair of General Veterinary Practice, R(D)SVS

It is important that we grow our relationship with general veterinary practice, and are future-focused in our approach. I am delighted to welcome Adam to our team.

Professor Lisa BodenHead of the R(D)SVS and Dean of Veterinary Medicine.

We are hugely excited that Adam has joined the School in his new role. He brings a wealth of experience from, and a real passion for, general practice.

Professor Dylan ClementsAcademic Head of Companion Animal Science, R(D)SVS

Professor Tjolle will be attending various veterinary events and conferences in the coming months, including the London Vet Show from 16-17 November, where he will canvas opinions from on how the general veterinary practice sector can be developed, and the opportunities for strengthening the relationship with academia. If you are attending the event and would like to speak with Professor Tjolle, please visit the R(D)SVS stand at N63. Alternatively, get in touch at

About the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a one-of-a-kind centre of excellence in clinical activity, teaching and research. Our purpose-built campus, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, is home to more than 800 staff and almost 1400 students, all of whom contribute to our exceptional community ethos.

The School comprises:

The Roslin Institute

The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems

The Roslin Innovation Centre

The Hospital for Small Animals

Equine Veterinary Services

Farm Animal Services

Easter Bush Pathology

The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education

We represent the largest concentration of animal science-related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities in terms of economic growth, the provision of clinical services and the advancement of scientific knowledge.