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Chief Veterinary Officer (United Kingdom)


Chief Veterinary Officer (United Kingdom)

The Chief Veterinary Officer (or CVO) is an official in the British government, who is head of veterinary services in the United Kingdom. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also each have a Chief Veterinary Officer.

List of post holders for the United Kingdom

The following people have held the post of Chief Veterinary Officer for the United Kingdom:[1]

  • Alexander Curtis Cope (1893–1905)
  • Sir Stewart Stockman (1905–1926)
  • Sir James Joseph Ralph Jackson (1926–1932)
  • Sir Percy John Luxton Kelland (1932–1938)
  • Sir Daniel Alfred Edmond Cabot (1938–1948)
  • Sir Thomas Dalling (1948–1952)
  • Sir John Neish Ritchie (1952–1965)
  • Mr John Reid (1965–1970)
  • Mr A G Beynon (1970–1973)
  • Mr A C L Brown (1973–1980)
  • Mr William Howard Rees, August 1980 - May 1988
  • Keith Meldrum, June 1988 to April 1997
  • James Scudamore, April 1997 - March 2004
  • Dr Debby Reynolds, March 2004 - November 2007[2]
  • Fred Landeg - November 2007 to May 2008 (acting CVO prior to full appointment)
  • Mr Nigel Gibbens (21 May 2008–present)

List of post holders for Wales

  • Dr Christianne Glossop[3]

List of post holders for Scotland

The Scottish post was created in October 2002, and the following people have held the post:[4]

  • Leslie Gardner, October 2002 - March 2003.
  • Charles Milne, March 2003 - June 2009
  • Simon Hall, June 2009–present

List of post holders for Northern Ireland

  • Dr Robert (Bob) Milligan McCracken, 1998 - 2002[5][6]
  • Mr R M Houston, 2002 - 2013[7]
  • Mr R J Huey, 2013 -[8]


  1. ^ Chief Veterinary Officers, past and present Government Veterinary Surgeons website (accessed 19 September 2007)
  2. ^ "Chief vet leaves with plaudits after four years service". DEFRA. 2007-11-09. Retrieved 10 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "GVS Conference 4–5 June 2007" (PDF). Government Veterinary Surgeons (UK). 2007. Archived from the original on 4 July 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Scottish Executive news, 19 March 2003". Scottish Executive. 2003. Retrieved 15 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Speaker & Chair Biographies, McCracken". British Veterinary Association. 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Curriculum Vitae, McCracken" (PDF). British Veterinary Association. 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "Speaker & Chair Biographies, Houston". British Veterinary Association. 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "CVOs quizzed on pet travel and exotic and endemic diseases". Veterinary Record. 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

External links

  • Government Veterinary Surgeons website

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