Prof. Simon Girling

BVMS (Hons) DZooMed DipECZM(ZHM) EurProBiol CBiol FRSB FRCVS

Prof. Simon Girling is currently Head of Veterinary Services to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland based at Edinburgh Zoo. He also runs a referral service in exotic species and has been appointed as a Professor by the University of Highlands and Islands. He gained his European College of Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management) and European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management) status in 2012; his RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine in 2002 and his RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine status in 2003.

​Simon is

– Visiting Professor, University of the Highlands and Islands

– Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Glasgow

– Director Girling and Fraser Ltd.

– Past-President of the European College of Zoological Medicine


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