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Timothy Parkin



Timothy ParkinsTim graduated from the University of Bristol with degrees in Zoology (1992) and Veterinary Science (1998). He immediately took up a position at the University of Liverpool and completed his PhD on the epidemiology of fractures in racehorses in 2002. He continued his work in this area as a Post-doc at the University of Liverpool, moving to the Animal Health Trust in 2005 and then to the University of Glasgow as a DEFRA Veterinary Training and Research Initiative Senior Research Fellow in 2007.

Between 2015 and 2018 he was Head of the Division of Equine Clinical Science and Clinical Director of the Equine Hospital at the University of Glasgow, being promoted to Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology in 2017.

Since November 2020 he has been Head of Bristol Vet School. He continues to work with racing jurisdictions around the world and the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), providing data-driven, evidence-based solutions to welfare issues faced by racehorses and sports horses alike.

Council Member category

  • Appointed: University of Bristol, 2021-2025

Committee membership

  • Specialist Recognition Subcommittee 
  • Education Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Specialist Recognition and Advanced Practitioner Appeals Committee
  • Post-Nominals Subcommittee
  • Specialist Subcommittee

Declaration of interests


  • None

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

  • None


  • Hong Kong Jockey Club Expert Veterinary Advisory Group
  • The Jockey Cluck (US) Epidemiological Consult

Appointments to other bodies

  • None

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Petplan Charitable Trust Scientific Advisory Committee: 2006-present
  • World Horse Welfare Veterinary Advisory Committee:  2007-present
  • FEI Veterinary Committee: 2018-2022
  • European College of Veterinary Public Health Credentials Committee: 2016-present


  • Head of School, Bristol Vet School, University of Bristol

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • None

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

  • None

Other relevant information

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