Origin Vets

  • BVSc, MRCVS, Cert Zoo Med, MSc (Wild Animal Health), PhD, Dip ECAMS, Falcon & Wildlife Veterinarian, Dubai Falcon Hospital.
  • Worked on wildlife projects in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Hawaii, Mauritius, Mongolia, Pakistan, UAE & UK.
  • Established veterinary hospitals at National Avian Research Center (1993) & Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (1999).
  • Completed a PhD in 1999 entitled “A contribution to preventive medicine and therapeutics of avian captive breeding programmes with special reference to the houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata macqueenii)”, at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
  • Completed an MSc in Wild Animal Health at the Zoological Society of London in 2001 with a research project entitled “Demographic and genetic management of a captive population of New Zealand Falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae) and the feasibility of establishing a genetic resource bank for the species.”
  • Published many scientific papers and book chapters on wildlife health and conservation.
  • Recently finished a book on bustard medicine commissioned by the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi and entitled “Diseases of houbara bustards and other Otididae”.
  • Editor of Falco, the Newsletter of the Middle East Falcon Research Group (, coordinator of IUCN Middle East Veterinary Specialist Group & UAE based avian/wildlife group.
  • Tom has been involved with designing health and management-related programmes for captive and free-living wildlife species including preventative medicine, facility biosecurity, veterinary hospital design, wildlife disease surveillance and also crisis management planning for environmental and wildlife disasters e.g. oil spills,
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