Josh Slater BVM&S PhD Dip ECEIM
Professor in Equine Clinical Studies at the Royal Veterinary College University of London
Director of BARTA
Josh graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and spent 4 years in equine practice before moving to a residency, then PhD, lectureship and then a senior lectureship in equine medicine at the University of Cambridge.
He moved to the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2005 where he is professor of equine clinical studies. He is a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and of the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations and is the chairman of the Horse Trust. He was biosecurity advisor for the 2008 Equestrian Olympic Games, the London 2012 Equestrian Olympic Games and the 2014 World Equestrian Games.
He is a co-director (with Jim Green) of BARTA and has been a veterinary lead in the large animal rescue initiative in the UK from the start. Working with Jim he has been instrumental in promoting joint training and working between the veterinary profession and the Fire and Rescue Service and is a veterinary representative on the National Fire Chiefs Council – Animal Rescue Practitioner Forum.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Animal Rescue Team Manager
Director of BARTA
Jim spent nine years in the forestry industry before joining Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1998. A rural background proved invaluable as Jim was instrumental in identifying training, procedures and equipment that would be required to ensure animal rescues were carried out in the most effective way with due regard for safety and animal welfare.
Following successful integration of animal rescue procedures into the UK Fire and Rescue Service through the work of the Chief Fire Officers Association Animal Rescue Practitioners Forum, Jim now works as a animal rescue lead with responsibility for training fire officers and vets from around the UK and beyond. Jim is internationally recognised for his pioneering work and has been keynote speaker at animal rescue conferences in the UK, USA, Turkey and Australia.
Jim is a Director and co-founder of the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association which exists to promote best practice to assist all agencies and stakeholders that have to prepare for and deal with incidents involving animals.
In 2016/7 Jim took a sabbatical from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to work for the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California. This was in response to a request for assistance to develop an integrated model which would support emergency responders and vets to fulfil their roles in emergencies and disasters.
Jim saw an opportunity to extend the joined up nature of the initiative, learn from those more accustomed to natural disaster response and capitalise on the huge research value from experts in the world’s number one veterinary university.