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Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Health and Welfare. Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in State Veterinary Medicine

After qualifying as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Glasgow in 1996, Philip worked as a private veterinary practitioner in mixed general practice in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and then spent 12 years as a government veterinary field officer and epidemiologist with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in Northern Ireland. He is a Diplomate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in State Veterinary Medicine, and holds a MSc degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. In 2010 Philip was awarded a NI Civil Service US-UK Fulbright Scholarship at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, where he conducted a research project on diagnostic sample submission to veterinary laboratories. Philip completed his PhD in 2014 in the Geography Department of Durham University, having qualitatively researched factors affecting bovine tuberculosis eradication efforts in Northern Ireland. His main research interests are in veterinary public health, farm animal disease epidemiology, veterinary surveillance, enzootic disease control, veterinary education, and the use of qualitative research methodologies at the interface of the natural and social sciences. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the first RCVS Recognised Specialist in State Veterinary Medicine. In March 2017 he was appointed to the committee of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM).

Professional Memberships

  • Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)
  • Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM)  - Committee member
  • Veterinary Christian Fellowship (VCF)
  • Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

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Other publications

  • Robinson, P.A. (2017) Framing bovine tuberculosis: a ‘political ecology of health’ approach to circulation of knowledge(s) about animal disease control The Geographical Journal
  • Robinson, P.A. (2017) Learning spaces in the countryside: university students and the Harper assemblage Area (Forthcoming)
  • Robinson, P.A. (2017) Farmers and bovine tuberculosis: contextualising statutory disease control within everyday farming lives. Journal of Rural Studies Forthcoming
  • Courcier, E.A., O’Hagan, M.J.H., Menzies, F.D., Strain, S.A.J., Skuce, R.A., Robinson P.A., Patterson, T., McBride, K.R., McCormick, C.M., Walton, E., McDowell, S.W.J. & Abernethy, D.A. (2017) Surveillance for Mycobacterium bovis in badgers (Meles meles) in Northern Ireland: Results of a road traffic accident survey between 1998 and 2011. Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine conference, Inverness, Scotland, 29-31 March 2017. Poster.
  • Robinson, P.A. (2017) Subsidising cattle, inspecting farmers, controlling disease: the socioeconomic impact of the CAP. Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine conference, Inverness, Scotland, 29-31 March 2017. Poster
  • Robinson, P.A. (2016) Bovine tuberculosis: Opinions from the ground up. (Society for Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine conference, Elsinore, Denmark, 16-18 March 2016. Poster)
  • Robinson, P.A. (2016) Learning spaces: on the screen, down the farm, in the prep room (VetEd 2016 conference, University of Glasgow, 7-8 July (Poster))
  • Robinson, P.A. (2015) Achieving specialist status Veterinary Record 177: i-ii. doi:10.1136/vr.h4344
  • Robinson, P.A. (2015) A history of bovine tuberculosis eradication policy in Northern Ireland Epidemiology and Infection 143, 3182-3195
  • Robinson, P.A. (2014) Thoughts on farm biosecurity – knowledge and practice. M. bovis VI conference, Cardiff, Wales, 16-19 June 2014. (Winner of best poster in Social Science/Economics.)
  • Robinson P.A., Courcier, E.A., Gordon, A.D., Menzies, F.D., & Abernethy, D.A. (2014) Survival and risk factors for lateral spread of bovine TB in cattle herds exposed to infection at pasture in Northern Ireland. Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Proceedings of a meeting held in Dublin, Ireland, 26-28 March 2014. 211-221
  • Robinson, P.A. (2014) Bovine mobilities and biosecurity: why do farmers buy cattle? Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine conference, Dublin, 26-28 March 2014. (Poster)
  • Robinson, P.A., Macnaghten, P., Banks, S., Bickersteth, J., Kennedy, A., Richardson, Y., Shaw, S. & Sylvestre, I. (2014) Responsible scientists and a citizens' panel: new storylines for creative engagement between science and the public. The Geographical Journal 180, 83-88
  • Robinson, P.A. (2013) Farmers' views on cattle and badger vaccination to control bovine TB. Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine conference, Madrid, 20-22 March 2013. (Poster)
  • Atkins, P.J. & Robinson, P.A. (2013) Coalition culls and zoonotic ontologies Environment and Planning A 45, 1372-1386
  • Atkins, P.J. & Robinson, P.A. (2013) Bovine tuberculosis and badgers in Britain: relevance of the past Epidemiology and Infection 141, 1437-1444
  • Robinson, P.A. & Epperson, W.B. (2013) Farm animal practitioners' views on their use and expectations of veterinary diagnostic laboratories Veterinary Record 172:503
  • Robinson, P.A., Epperson, W.B., Huston, C.L., Pace, L.W., Wills, R.W. & Cosby, A.G. (2012) Factors influencing diagnostic sample submission by food animal veterinarians in Mississippi. Veterinaria Italiana 48 (1), 31-39
  • Robinson, P.A., Corner, L.A.L., Courcier, E.A., McNair, J., Artois, M., Menzies, F.D., & Abernethy, D.A. (2012) BCG vaccination against tuberculosis in European badgers (Meles meles): A Review. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 35, 277-287
  • Robinson, P.A. (2012) Animal diseases and human health Geography Review 26, 12-15
  • Robinson, P.A. (2012) Veterinary ethnography: new shoes for 'shoe-leather' epidemiology? International Symposia on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics proceedings - ISVEE13: Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Maastricht, Netherlands, 21 August 2012, 154.
  • Robinson, P.A. (2012) The veterinary ethnographer: an ‘insider-outsider’ approach to disease control. Durham University Postgraduate Anthropology Conference, Durham, 25 April 2012. (Winner of best thematic poster )
  • Menzies F.D., Gordon A.W., Courcier E.A., Robinson P.A., Abernethy D.A. (2011) Why limit yourself to one logistic regression model? Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine conference, Leipzig, 23-25 March 2011. (Poster)
  • Menzies, F.D., Burns, K., Fallows, J.G., McKeown, I.M., Gloster, J., Burgin, L., Courcier, E.A., McNamee, P.T., Robinson, J., Robinson, P.A., McNeilly, F. & Abernethy, D.A. (2011) Risk assessment, targeted surveillance and policy formulation: practical experiences with bluetongue. Epidemiologie & Santé Animale, Proceedings of the International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance, Lyon, France, 17-20 May 2011, 59-60, 113-115.
  • Robinson, P.A. (2011) Studying while working - Vet Record Careers Veterinary Record
  • Abernethy, D.A., Walton, E., Menzies, F., Courcier, E. & Robinson, P. (2011) Mycobacterium bovis surveillance in European badgers (Meles meles) killed by vehicles in Northern Ireland: an epidemiological evaluation. Epidemiologie & Santé Animale, Proceedings of the International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance, Lyon, France, 17-20 May 2011, 59-60, 216-218
  • Abernethy, D.A., Graham, D., Skuce, R., Gordon, A., Menzies, F., Robinson, P., Harwood, R. & Clarke, N. (2010) Shifting the TB-Control paradigm: an epidemiological critique of the bovine tuberculosis eradication scheme. Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Proceedings of a meeting held in Nantes, France, 24-26 March 2010, 166-173.
  • Menzies, F.D., Gordon, A.W., Robinson, P.A., Courcier, E.A. & Abernethy, D.A. (2010) Comparison of herd risk factors for the disclosure of tuberculin test reactors for high and low bovine tuberculosis incidence areas. Annual scientific conference of the European College for Veterinary Public Health, Nottwil, Switzerland, October 2010. (Poster)
  • Menzies, F.D., Abernethy, D.A., Stringer, L.A., Robinson, P.A. & Jordan, C. (2009) Observations on badger activity in two areas of high and low cattle tuberculosis incidence in Northern Ireland. M. bovis V conference. Wellington, New Zealand. 25-28 August 2009, 83.
Additional Information

Teaching responsibilities

  • Farm Animal Health
  • Integrated Health Management (Veterinary Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health)
  • Advances in Animal Production Science
  • Advances in Farm Animal Health and Welfare
  • Advanced Research Methods Social Sciences


  • Harper Adams University Aspire Teaching Excellence Award 2014-15


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