Mr Kirk Thompson BSc BVM&S MRCVS Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
...Mr Kirk Thompson BSc BVM&S MRCVSDefraKirk graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1993 with degrees in neuroscience and veterinary medicine and surgery.
After being awarded a Wellcome Veterinary Scholarship, he
subsequently spent four years working in the laboratory of Prof Colin Blakemore in the Physiology Laboratory of the University of Oxford
, researching aspects of visual neuroscience.Kirk then joined SmithKline Beecham as the first Resident in Laboratory Animal Sciences in the UK and progressed a career as a Named Veterinary Surgeon for almost five years in academic, pharmaceutical and government medical research, largely based at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.In 2003, Kirk joined the Animal Welfare Division of Defra as veterinary adviser in welfare at slaughter.His
responsibilities have enlarged to include welfare at transport and markets, and he
is now also Head of Slaughter Policy and transport/markets/slaughter research and development.