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James Wood



James Wood MRCVSJames intercalated in physiology at University College London (BSc, 1985) before completing his veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College (BVetMed, 1988).

After spells in private veterinary practice, running a commercial lamb production trial and working on BSE for MAFF (1990), he completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1991).

He worked at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket for 15 years, completing his PhD in 1997 (OU) and leaving as Head of Epidemiology in 2004.

He was appointed Director of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium (CIDC), based at the Department Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge in January 2005 and was appointed Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science in 2008. He has been Head of Cambridge Vet School since 2013.


Council Member category

  • Appointed: University of Cambridge, 2013 - 2024


Committee membership

  • Education Committee
  • Registration Appeals Committee


Declaration of interests


  • Director: BEVA Ltd, EVJ Ltd, Southoe Consultancy Ltd
  • Director: Veterinary Schools Council

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives




Appointments to other bodies

  • Head of Department, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge
  • Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge
  • Member of DEFRA Science Advisory Council (SAC)
  • Chair of Exotic Disease Sub-Committee of DEFRA SAC
  • Member of EU Foot and Mouth Disease Standing Technical Committee

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Diplomat, ECVPH
  • Member, BVA and SVS
  • Hon Publications Officer, BEVA


2008 - Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science, Dept. Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

2005 - 2010 Director of Cambridge Infectious Diseases Consortium, University of Cambridge

1993 - 2004 Head of Epidemiology Unit, Centre for Preventive Medicine, Animal Health Trust

1990 - 1992 Equine Epidemiologist, Centre for Preventive Medicine, Animal Health Trust

1990 Veterinary Research Officer, Central Veterinary Laboratory

1988 - 1990 variously employed in clinical practice and farming

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)


Interests relating to immediate family or close friends


Other relevant information

Member of Defra’s TB Eradication Advisory Committee