The Veterinary Services Division employs around 25 vets and 100 scientific and support staff. Please find details below of our Veterinary, Scientific and Centre Managers.
George Caldow BVM&S, MSc, Cert. CHP, Dip ECBHM, MRCVS, FRAgS - Head of SAC Consulting Veterinary Services
Head of SAC Consulting Veterinary Services, prior to that he was Veterinary Centre Manager at DSC St Boswell's and Veterinary Manager of Health Schemes. George qualified in 1980 and worked in general practice. He was Veterinary officer for MLC from 1984 to 1987 then joined SAC as Veterinary Investigation Officer SAC in 1987. Member of the UK Cattle Expert Group advising on national surveillance for endemic and emerging cattle diseases. Manager of the Premium Cattle Health Scheme (PCHS). PCHS disease consultant for Johne’s disease and BVDV. Original member of CHeCS technical group. First author on Defra review of the Surveillance of Johne’s disease 2001. Author of discussion document for the eradication of BVDV in Scotland. Member of Scottish Government’s BVD eradication steering group.Author of Scottish Government’s on-line BVD training module for vets. Manager of SAC’s on-line Animal Health planning system for sheep and beef cattle. Led the design and development of the on-line software to support Scottish Government’s health planning initiative. Planning and delivering CPD courses for vets.
Ralph Seaton BSc MRSC C.Chem - Scientific Manager
Scientific Manager SACCVS, Ralph graduated in 1984 with a degree in Chemistry & Business Management, spent 6 years working in Dundee’s Public Analyst Department, where he received a firm grounding in environmental & food analysis as well as the various connected legislation. In 1990 Ralph moved across to work in the water industry – initially as a chemist within the wastewater laboratory becoming Laboratory Manager for the Dundee laboratory facility in 1999, involved in the statutory requirements of potable water supply & waste/trade effluent disposal, as well as the analytical side. In April 2003 he joined SAC as Analytical Services Manager, with responsibility for the management of SAC Veterinary Services central analytical facilities. In July 2006 he was appointed SAC Veterinary Services Scientific Manager, with line managerial responsibility for all scientific staff
Prof Jill Thomson PhD - Veterinary Centre Manager Edinburgh
Veterinary Centre Manager at the Disease Surveillance Centre (DSC) Edinburgh. Jill graduated from University of Pretoria, South Africa and after time in mixed practice completed a PhD at University of Edinburgh. She joined the Scottish Agricultural College in 1982 to major on investigation of farm animal diseases and pathology. She has taken particular interest in pig medicine and is an active member of the Pig Veterinary Society, serving as President in 2007/08. She has a research interest in enteric diseases of pigs, has supervised post-graduate students and published many papers on this subject. A keen horse rider, Jill is also involved in equine health projects such as the Premium Assured Strangles Scheme. Being based in the Central Diagnostic Laboratory, she has been heavily involved in development of new diagnostic tests, particularly for the pig industry
Franz Brulisauer Dr. med. vet., Dipl. ECVPH, MRCVS - Veterinary Centre Manager Inverness
Veterinary Centre Manager at the Disease Surveillance Centre (DSC) Inverness. Franz graduated from the University of Berne, Switzerland and worked in large animal practice 2000-2003. He achieved a Doctorate in 2002 (Thesis on reference values and seasonal variations of milk traits in Brown Swiss cows at the Department for Reproduction and Population Medicine, University of Berne). He then worked for the State Veterinary Service 2002-2005 where he was resident at Swiss Federal Veterinary Office to become diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Public Health. Postdoc position investigating association between electromagnetic field exposure from mobile phone stations and selected performance indicators in dairy cattle. From 2005-2010 he was Veterinary epidemiologist in SAC Animal Health Group - contract research for Scottish Government and European collaboration projects, notably conduct of national prevalence studies on endemic livestock diseases (e.g. BVD and OPA) and work on food safety aspects in livestock production. Franz was Veterinary investigation officer at DSC Inverness and is now their Centre Manager.
Colin Mason BVM&S, BSc, Cert. CHP, MRCVS - Veterinary Centre Manager Dumfries
Veterinary Centre Manager at the Disease Surveillance Centre (DSC) Dumfries. After qualifying he spent 5 years in farm animal practice in Cheshire beofre joining SAC in 2000. He obtained the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production in 1999. Colin is a member of the UK Cattle Expert Group advising on national surveillance for endemic and emerging cattle diseases, a member of the Sainsbury’s Dairy Development Group experts vets team and a licensed plan user for the DairyCo mastitis control plan. He provides health planning and veterinary support to SRUC’s dairy research farm at Crichton and is involved with the research programmes there focusing on cattle lameness. He delivers disease control and eradication programmes through the Premium Cattle Health Scheme with specific responsibility for the IBR programmes and has involvement in SAC’s health planning initiatives including the development of the sheep and beef suckler health planning software. Colin is very involved with planning and delivering CPD courses for vets, talks for farmer groups and providing farmer training through the First Milk Academy, the Sainsbury’s Dairy Development Group, DairyCo and farmer meetings in support of the Scottish national BVD eradication initiative.
Anne Seaton - Veterinary Centre Manager Perth
Veterinary Centre Manager at the Disease Surveillance Centre (DSC) Perth. After qualifying from Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies she spent over a decade in mixed predominantly farm practice before joining SAC as a VIO in Dumfries. She gained a masters in Livestock Health and Production before moving on to join Animal Health, first as a veterinary officer and latterly as Field Team leader for south west Scotland. After a further spell in practice doing poultry and gamebird work in Yorkshire, she rejoined SAC in August 2016.
David Gibson BVM&S CertCHP MRCVS - Senior Veterinary Investigation Officer Labware Development
David qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2000 and started work in a mixed practice in Aberdeenshire. After six and a half years in practice (including veterinary input at a high throughput red meat abattoir), David joined the SAC Veterinary Services Disease Surveillance Centre in Perth as a Veterinary Investigation Officer (VIO). In 2011 David was promoted to Veterinary Centre Manager and in the same year completed the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production. David’s interests remain in the farm animal sector and he enjoys providing practical advice to vets and farmers dealing with beef and sheep enterprises. He also runs a Clinical Club for local practitioners, recognising the value of accessible CPD for vets involved in mixed practice. In 2015/16 he was part of a team responsible for creation and implementation of a new laboratory information management system. In August 2016 he started a two year secondment to complete the implementation of the new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for Vet Services
Helen Carty BVM&S, Cert AVP (cattle), MRCVS - Veterinary Centre Manager Ayr
Helen Carty qualified from Edinburgh in 2003 and following four years in mixed practice in Renfrewshire moved to SAC Consulting, based in Ayr in southwest Scotland in 2007. As Veterinary Centre Manager her work includes farm animal pathology, disease investigation, reporting on surveillance in addition to Premium Cattle Health Scheme technical support. She completed her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle) in 2015 and is now Veterinary Centre Manager at the Disease Surveillance Centre (DSC), Auchincruive, Ayr.
Tim Geraghty BVMS MRCVS MVM DipECBHM - Veterinary Centre Manager Aberdeen
Veterinary Centre Manager at the Disease Surveillance Centre (DSC) Aberdeen.Graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2005 and after completing a Masters in Veterinary Medicine joined the farm animal department of a busy mixed practice in Lanarkshire. In 2008 he joined a residency training programme at University College Dublin and trained within the European College of Bovine Health Management. In 2010 he took a post as lecturer at UCD Dublin. He passed the entry examination to the ECBM and contributed to the work of Animal Health Ireland. He is a member of the IBR and Biosecurity technical working groups. In 2011 he joined the University of Glasgow as a lecturer in production animal medicine. Through continued collaboration with Animal Health Ireland he conducted research into Johne’s disease control programmes internationally. He joined SACCVS Aberdeen in January 2015.
Geoff Foster PhD, CSci, FIBMS - Micobiology Functional Manager
Microbiology Functional Manager. Experienced microbiologist working in the veterinary field but drawing on a broad background of working/training in other fields including human, food and plant. Extensive experience in microbiology of farm and companion animals, poultry and fish, as well as avian, terrestrial and marine wildlife. Over 100 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and numerous presentations at national and international conferences. Member of the Scottish Gastro-intestinal and Zoonoses Group, VTEC Action Group, Defra Antimicrobial Resistance Committee and International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes: Sub-Committee for the Taxonomy of Brucella. Member of the American Society for Microbiology and Society for General Microbiology. Scottish Microbiology Association committee member. Current particular interests include zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance, farm animal bacteriology, marine mammal and other wildlife bacteriology and bacterial taxonomy.