Wildlife Veterinary Pathologist
Wildlife health
Marine biology
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Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London

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Simon is the wildlife veterinary pathologist for ZSL, responsible for the gross and microscopic post mortem (PM) examinations of all animals from ZSL’s two zoos.

I am also the pathologist on the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme, performing PMs on stranded whales, dolphins, pinnipeds, sharks and turtles that strand in English and Welsh waters. As well as providing a clinical services, my work supports ZSL’s science and conservation missions by furthering our understanding of the pathology of endangered species; you cannot conserve a species if you do not understand why it is dying. 

Gross examination of an African lion
Gross examination of an African lion

I also maintain an archive of pathological samples (mostly formalin fixed and frozen tissues) and pathological records dating back up to 100 years; access this archive is available to academics on request. I am a module leader on the MSc Wild Animal Health and Wild Animal Biology courses and supervise a variety of research projects on pathological topics. My personal research is focused on iron storage disease in captive bats and callitrichids. 

Subgross histological section of a Partula snail
Subgross histological section of a Partula snail 
Professional history

2019-present: Wildlife veterinary pathologist at ZSL
2016-2019: APHA/RVC fellow in anatomic pathology (residency training), MVetMed at Royal Veterinary College
2014-2016: Molecular virologist in Marek’s disease virus at the Pirbright Institute
2011-2013: Non-stipendiary lecturer in pathology, New College, University of Oxford
2010-2014: Wellcome Trust scholar in Infection, Immunology and Translational Medicine (DPhil) at the University of Oxford
2004-2010: VetMB in veterinary medicine and MA in pathology at the University of Cambridge


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