Kenneth Smith


Kenneth Smith, RCVS CouncilBiography

Ken qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1988 and undertook a residency in equine pathology at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. He then undertook PhD studies on the pathogenesis of equine herpesvirual infections in a Wellcome Trust-funded project run jointly between the Animal Health Trust and Royal Veterinary College. Ken returned to the Animal Health Trust as staff pathologist in 1994 and became Head of Pathology there in 2001. He moved to the Royal Veterinary College as Professor of Companion Animal Pathology in 2006. Ken was appointed as Head of the Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences with effect from 1st July 2017. He is a past President of the British Society of Veterinary Pathology, has served on the Specialty Advisory Committee on Veterinary Pathology of the Royal College of Pathologists, and chairs the Editorial Board of the Journal of Comparative Pathology.


Council Member category
  • University appointed: 2019 - 2020


Committee membership
  • Education Committee
  • Examinations Appeals Committee (Chair)

Declaration of interests



Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives




Appointments to other bodies

Chair, Journal of Comparative Pathology Editorial Board

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

Member, British Society of Veterinary Pathology

Member, European Society of Veterinary Pathology


July 2017 - present: Head of Department of Pathobiology and Population Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

As listed in the Register

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

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Other relevant information

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