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Professor Roberto La Ragione

Professor Roberto La Ragione, RCVS Honorary Associateship recipient 2020Honorary Associateship

Roberto is currently the Deputy Head of the Surrey Vet School where he is also Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and was nominated for his contribution to veterinary education and research.

He has had a distinguished academic and research career in veterinary microbiology and pathology as a contributor to over 150 peer-reviewed papers and, whilst working at the Animal Plant and Health Agency and the University of Surrey, he has led projects in a number of areas, including antimicrobial resistance, vaccine development against E.coli and developing novel rapid diagnostic kits for veterinary pathogens.

As well as a stellar research career, he has also been instrumental in shaping veterinary education, particularly upon his appointment as Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy at the University of Surrey in 2012 where he was tasked with leading the development of the new School which officially received its accreditation from the RCVS earlier this year. In 2014 he was appointed as Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and Director of the Veterinary Pathology Centre and in 2019 he was appointed Deputy Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.

His nominator, Dr Daniel Horton, said: "At the time [he was appointed Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy], opinion was divided on the need for additional vet schools, and it was in this climate that he was part of the team that successfully pioneered a partnership approach to veterinary education. That partnership approach continues to be a core part of the vision of the School, for which he has been one of the longest standing members of the senior management team, and is now Deputy Head. The recent graduation and entry to the college of the first cohort is validation of that bold strategy.

“One of the enduring mysteries of the School is how Professor La Ragione is able to achieve the volume and quality of work that he does. Despite simultaneously running a large research group, being the Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Deputy Head of School, coordinating and delivering teaching across multiple year groups and having multiple prestigious University level and external commitments, he consistently maintains the highest benchmarks for professionalism, punctuality and pastoral care for his staff and students. He sets a standard that students and staff can aspire to.”