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Prof Sheila Crispin MA VetMB BSc PhD DVA DVOphthal DipECVO FRCVS


A portrait picture of Sheila Crispin

Sheila Crispin was awarded an Agricultural Research Council Veterinary Training Scholarship after obtaining an honours degree in Zoology and Applied Zoology, and qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cambridge.

After a period of mixed, mainly large animal, practice in Cumbria and the Scottish Highlands and Islands she returned to education, ending her full-time academic career as Head of the Ophthalmology Service and Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Bristol. 

Sheila has been a member of RCVS Council since 1997, served on most Committees and chaired a number of them. She was President in 2006-07.

She has an international reputation in the fields of comparative ophthalmology and comparative dyslipoproteinaemias, has published numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, is co-author and editor of three standard textbooks on veterinary ophthalmology and sole author of another.

She has many scientific interests including the necessity for one-planet living, comparative aspects of animal health and disease, ethics and welfare, environment, ecosystem management and biodiversity.

Her outside interests include mountaineering and sailing.


Council Member category

  • Appointed: University of Bristol, 1997 - 2003
  • Elected: 2003 - 2015


Committee membership

  • Disciplinary Committee

  • Registration Appeals Committee


Declaration of Interests






Ophthalmic Consultant (unpaid), The Hampton Veterinary Group, Cheshire

Appointments to other bodies


  • Member, Royal Veterinary College - Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee
  • Panellist, British Veterinary Association - Eye Scheme

  • Member, Eye Panel Working Party

  • Member, Kennel Club - Dog Health Group

  • Member, Kennel Club - Breed Standards and Conformation Sub-Group
  • Member, Dangerous Dogs Act Study Group
  • Member, Ethics Committee Microbiology Ltd
  • Member, Animal Health Trust Science Advisory Committee
  • Member, Companion Animal Welfare Council
  • Member, Ethical Committee for Premier Asset Management

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Associate Member, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member, European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Member, British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Member, British Veterinary Association
  • Member, Sheep Veterinary Society
  • Life Member, International Sheep Dog Society
  • Retired Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine
  • Honorary Member, Kennel Club


  • Retired Academic (Visiting Professorial Fellow, University of Bristol)
  • Farming (owner) 

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • BSc (Hons) Zoology and Applied Zoology
  • PhD Lipid Keratopathy in the dog

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


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