Richard Irvine has been named as the new deputy chief veterinary officer for the UK.
Irvine (pictured) is an experienced vet with a background in animal health and welfare policy and science. He is currently deputy director for global animal health and trade in Defra, and has overseen a number of successful market access gains, including recent agreements on exporting UK beef to China, the USA and Japan.
Before this, he led the APHA’s surveillance intelligence unit and was head of the national reference laboratory for viral diseases of poultry at APHA Weybridge.
Irvine said: ‘I am truly delighted to have been appointed, and to be able to both contribute to the work of maintaining and developing the animal health and welfare status of the UK, and represent these interests internationally. It is a privilege to support our farming and food industry in this role.’