Professor Anna Meredith

Past Member
Professor Anna Meredith

Professor Anna Meredith holds a personal Chair of Zoological and Conservation Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies / Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. She graduated from University of Oxford (MA Physiological Sciences), University of Cambridge (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine) and University of Edinburgh (PhD), and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Recognised Specialist in Zoological Medicine and a European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) Specialist in Wildlife Population Health. 

Professor Meredith has 25 years veterinary clinical and research experience in wild animal health and welfare, is Head of the Exotic Animal and Wildlife Unit and was Head Veterinary Surgeon for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo for over 17 years. Anna currently chairs the UK Government’s Zoos Expert Committee, an internal advisory body to Defra on zoo matters, aiming to encourage the role of zoos in conservation, education and scientific research. She is also a Scottish Government Zoo Inspector.

Professor Meredith has recently served as a Trustee and Vice-President on the Council of the Zoological Society of London and is currently retained as a strategic advisor.

Her research interests lie at the interface between human, animal and ecosystem health (One Health), with a focus on infectious diseases of wildlife and the conservation of Scottish wildlife. She is a member of the Steering Group of the Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan, and her research projects include red squirrel disease, and Scottish raptor health as an indicator of ecosystem health. She is also Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh

Professor Meredith is a member of the Scottish Universities Athena SWAN network and chairs the vet school’s Athena SWAN / Career Support Committee, working to promote gender equality across academia.

Professor Anna Meredith joined the SSAC on 01 February 2016 and stepped down in May 2018.