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).
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