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Dr Barry Thorp


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Barry joined St David’s from Aviagen in September 2008. After graduating from Glasgow, Barry worked in general practice and then spent a year at Glasgow Veterinary School teaching poultry medicine. He completed a PhD at Edinburgh Vet School focusing on bone development in poultry and then spent 4 years as a lecturer at the veterinary school in Melbourne, Australia. Whilst in Australia he completed an avian pathology course and was also funded by the Australian poultry industry to investigate bone disorders. Barry on his return to Scotland headed a research group at the Roslin Institute investigating lameness and bone disorders in poultry for 7 years. He has extensive global experience of broiler breeder, broiler management and disease control.

His experience with Aviagen ranged from being a company veterinarian to a director. Whilst at Aviagen he had extensive practical and management responsibilities, from assisting customers throughout the world including the Middle East and Europe on health issues; biosecurity and disease control planning, to setting up and contributing to research projects on poultry diseases such as dysbacteriosis, pododermatitis, broiler lameness and clubbed down. Barry is a reviewer of articles for Avian Pathology and other journals and has contributed chapters to books including the recent edition of ‘Poultry Diseases.’ 

As well as heading up the Scottish branches, Barry also teaches at the University of Edinburgh Vet School.  Barry heads up the Game Bird Services in Scotland, alongside Jan, Matt and Anne. 

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