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Susan Dawson



Susan Dawson

Following several years in practice Susan studied for a PhD in feline virology at the University of Liverpool. She gained her PhD in 1992 and since then has remained at Liverpool, currently as Professor and Head of School.

Susan has worked in the area of infectious disease for over twenty years and her current interests focus on zoonotic infections and public health. Current projects include antibacterial resistance, antibacterial use, leptospirosis, gastroenteric pathogens, disease surveillance and public health aspects of pet ownership.

As well as teaching infectious diseases Susan is a trained facilitator for communication studies.


Council Member category

  • Appointed: University of Liverpool, 2011 - 2024


Committee membership

  • Advancement of the Profession Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Finance and Resources Committee
  • Officers Team
  • PIC DC Liaison Committee
  • Brexit Taskforce
  • Covid-19 Taskforce
  • Mind Matters Initiative Taskforce
  • RCVS Knowledge Board of Trustees
  • Graduate Outcomes Working Group: EMS/Clinical Education
  • Estates Strategy Group
  • Register and Registration Sub-Committee


Declaration of interests


Non-Executive Director, Pets at Home

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives




Appointments to other bodies

Member of University of Liverpool Council

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

July 2019 - present: Chair, Veterinary Schools Council

Member, Veterinary Schools Council


University of Liverpool

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)


Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

Husband (John Dawson) is Director of Embryonics Limited

Other relevant information