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Professor David Barrett

Professor David Barrett

Professor David Barrett
BSc(Bristol), BVSc(Bristol), FRCVS, Cert CHP(RCVS), DBR(Liv.), DCHP(RCVS), Dip ECBHM, FHEA

Professor of Bovine Medicine, Production and Reproduction

Office Dolberry Building
Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
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+44 (0) 1173319182




Professor Barrett’s main areas of interest are production ruminant health and disease, bovine mastitis / milk quality, bovine respiratory disease and veterinary education. In addition to these numerous other clinical/research areas are of interest to him including; bovine reproduction, bovine lameness, biosecurity and herd health planning, bovine tuberculosis, displaced abomasum, impact of animal production methods on food safety, responsible use of medicines and a number of other specific clinical entities.  He currently supervises the training of six postgraduate European clinical residents and co-supervises a PhD student undertaking a project entitled, Carriage of Bacterial Pathogens in the Bovine Upper Respiratory Tract: Effects of Respiratory Virus Vaccination.

He is a former editor of the journal Cattle Practice, and a current member of the editorial boards of The Veterinary Journal and Livestock.


Further information about Professor David Barrett's teaching and biography can be found here.



BVSc Veterinary Science

David graduated in 1987 with an intercalated degree in anatomical sciences from the University of Bristol before completing the veterinary degree in 1990.  He then spent a period in mixed practice during which he undertook the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production, prior to moving to the University of Glasgow in 1993. He subsequently gained Diplomas in Bovine Reproduction and Cattle Health and Production, becoming a RCVS Recognised Specialist in 2000 and European Veterinary Specialist in 2004.  He has been President of the European College of Bovine Health Management 2005-07, is a Board member of the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and chairs the British Veterinary Association (BVA) medicines committee.  He took up the position of Professor of Bovine Medicine, Production and Reproduction at Bristol in April 2011. 


Professor Barrett has over 20-years experience in teaching and assessing both undergraduates and postgraduates in farm animal veterinary medicine.  He was instrumental in major curricular developments in the BVMS programme at Glasgow including the introduction of ‘tracking’ and developed the University of Glasgow Veterinary Biosciences programme.  He has also significantly contributed to the new BVSc curriculum at Bristol.  He was central to the establishment of the European College of Bovine Health Management in 2003 and was president of the college 2005-2007.  He has also been a Director and Chairman of the Scottish CPD charity Vet Trust and a Director of the BCVA.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and held the post of Deputy Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), University of Glasgow, 2007-11.

Professor Barrett has acted as an external examiner on a number of occasions for the RCVS, AVMA, University of Cambridge, University of Bristol, University of Dublin, University of Nottingham and the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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