Simon Girling


BVMS, PhD, CertZooMed, DZooMed, DipECZM, FRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management


Zoo & Wildlife Medicine

Current Post:

Head of Veterinary Services, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland


All of UK

Clinical Profile

I am employed by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and work in the conservation charity sector focusing on endangered species and their welfare both in captivity and the wild. I am involved in a number of native British species reintroduction projects and have worked extensively with species translocation projects and their risk assessments. I hold a Visiting Professorship with the University of the Highlands and Islands, and an Honorary Clinical Professorship with the University of Glasgow. I also sit on DEFRA's Animal Welfare Committee, Chair their Zoos Expert Committee and am a member of the Scottish Animal Welfare Committee advising Scottish Government on domestic and wild animal welfare.


The focus of my research has been focused on diseases and other threats encountered by endangered wild and captive non-domestic animals. I have published on a wide variety of species including exotic felids, Eurasian beavers, birds, reptiles and exotic hoofstock.