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Matthew Jones



Dr Jones is Professor and Founding Head at the Harper & Keele Vet School, United Kingdom. He studied for a bachelor’s degree in cell biology and was subsequently awarded a PhD in radiation oncology at Liverpool Medical School. After a two-year post-doctoral position, he studied veterinary medicine, graduating from Liverpool University in 2001.

He spent the early part of his veterinary career in small animal and specialist equine clinical practices. In 2005 he left practice to embark on a series of industry roles, spanning leadership positions in research and development and commercial functions.

In 2014 he took the role of Director of Clinical Education at the new Vet School at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom and since August 2019 he has been Head of School (Dean) at The Harper & Keele Veterinary School.

Council Member category

  • Appointed: Vet Schools Council 2023-2027

Declaration of interests



Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

  • Education & Clinical Research & Innovation Group Limited - Parent company of Garden Vets at Keele, teaching hospital for Harper & Keele Vet School - Shareholder 



Appointments to other bodies


Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • BVA - Member


  • Harper & Keele Vet School, Head of School: 2019 – present
  • Surrey Vet School, Director of Clinical Education and Director of Veterinary Partnerships: 2014-2019
  • Novartis Animal Health
  • Various roles: 2007-2014
  • Merial Animal Health
  • Veterinary Technical Manager: 2005-2007
  • Bourton Vale Equine Clinic, Vet: 2003-2005
  • Connaught House Vet Hospital, Vet: 2001-2003
  • Liverpool University, PhD student, Research Assistant: 1992-1997


Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • BSc (Hons) Medical Cell Biology 1991

  • PhD Radiation Oncology 1997

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

  • Sarah Jones (spouse) co-owns share detailed above

    She is also Head of Consort E3 since July 2023 an educational development company co-located at Keele University and working with the Harper & Keele Vet School

Other relevant information