WVI believes that one of the criteria for success of conservation projects is to provide veterinary services 'little and often'. The vets we support tend to work with conservation organisations remotely throughout the year, backing this up with an annul visit when vital face-to-face meetings and hands-on training can take place. Visits are also a chance to assess progress and get a first-hand impression of problems and challenges. This approach means that we have been supporting some partnerships since WVI was founded in 2004.
The vets will have specific skills and experience suited to the needs of the particular species targetted by any conservation activities. You can read more below about some of the vets whose expertise has helped save endangered species.
A few years after qualifying as a vet, Andrew formed the UK based International Zoo Veterinary Group to provide freelance veterinary services across the world. He is an internationally recognised expert in conservation medicine, bird diseases and marine mammal care and sits on many committees as an expert.
Steve qualified from Bristol Vet School in 1996. Since then he has combined regular domestic veterinary work in the UK with filming wildlife documentaries for the BBC, ITV and Animal Planet. Although Steve’s regular veterinary work is with domestic pets he has extensive experience working with wildlife ...
Dr John Lewis
John graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School and went on to do a PhD in Oncology at the University of London. Working for the International Zoo Veterinary Group (IZVG), John undertook clinical work at Al Ain Zoo (UAE), Howletts and Port Lympne Zoos, and ZSL London Zoo before becoming an IZVG partner in 1988. Having been a full-time zoo and wildlife vet for the past 29 years, he has worked in a variety of zoo and field situations in an equally wide variety of countries.
Brig. Dr. Tom Ogilvie-Graham
Brigadier Ogilvie-Graham MBE commanded the Royal Army Veterinary Corps until 2011 and held the title of Queens Honorary Veterinary Surgeon. His resourceful nature, together with extensive experience of dogs in all environments (both geographical and political) made him the ideal candidate to lead the Painted Dog Health Project in Zimbabwe in 2010.
A graduate of the Veterinary School of Giessen University, Germany, Johanna was formerly Technical Director of the Madrid Zoo and resident vet at Loro Parque, Tenerife before joining the International Zoo Veterinary Group in the UK.
Dr Alexandra Tomlinson
Alex qualified in 1992 from Cambridge University Veterinary School. Following seven years in general practice, she worked for a short while in Defra followed by three years of teaching animal science.