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IAH's Director awarded Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

16 July 2010

Professor Martin Shirley CBE, Director of the Institute for Animal Health, has been made an Honorary Associate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. The award was made by outgoing RCVS President Professor Sandy Trees during the Society's annual general meeting this month in London. The President said that Professor Shirley had been given the award for his "unstinting support of research towards disease control programmes and products, including diagnostic tests and vaccines", these would "influence the ways in which livestock are managed across the world for years to come".

Professor Martin Shirley CBE, Director of the Institute for Animal Health

In June Professor Shirley was awarded a CBE for Services to Science in the Queen's Birthday Honours. His research on the protozoan parasite Eimeria, a major cause of poor health and performance in chickens, led him to develop the first attenuate live vaccine to control it. This is now used in over a billion chickens annually to reduce gut disease.

He became Director of the IAH in July 2006, having previously been Deputy Director and Head of the Division of Molecular Biology.


About IAH

The IAH delivers high quality fundamental, strategic and applied science focussed on infectious diseases of farm animals. This knowledge is used to advance veterinary science, and to enhance the sustainability of livestock farming. In addition to research output the IAH provides diagnostic services for a number of diseases and gives expert advice to the UK government and international agencies. IAH is the UK and European Community Reference Laboratory for bluetongue, and also for the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).


BBSRC is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £470M in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in the UK and beyond and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders, including the agriculture, food, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

BBSRC provides institute strategic research grants to the following:

  • The Babraham Institute
  • Institute for Animal Health
  • Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Studies (Aberystwyth University)
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rothamsted Research

The Institutes conduct long-term, mission-oriented research using specialist facilities. They have strong interactions with industry, Government departments and other end-users of their research.