Edinburgh vet graduate and animal health notable Peter Wells has been named as the new chairman of international veterinary charity GALVmed.

Edinburgh vet graduate and animal health notable Peter Wells has been named as the new chairman of an international veterinary charity.

On August 2, 2012, Prof Wells was named as the head of the Global Alliance for Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed). He replaces Shadrack Moephuli and previously served as GALVmed’s acting CEO earlier this year.

Welcoming Prof Wells into his new role, Andy Peters, GALVmed’s interim CEO said: “GALVmed is moving into an exciting new phase where the focus will be on product development and delivery at scale.

“I am therefore delighted to welcome Peter as the new chair. He has also worked with GALVmed in various roles over the past few years, which represents a strong foundation of continuity.”

GALVmed is an Edinburgh-based global veterinary charity that works to make livestock vaccines accessible across the world. During his period as interim CEO Prof Wells helped the charity receive future funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government’s Department for International Development.

Following his graduation from the University of Edinburgh (Dick) vet school in 1969, Prof Wells worked as a veterinary immunologist at the Moredun Research Institute, before spending time as a visiting scientist at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases in Kenya.

He joined Hoechst Animal Health in 1980 and stayed for two decades before joining Novartis Animal Health, where he became global head of research and development before leaving in 2008.

He has held executive roles at Moredun Scientific, the Moredun Foundation and the Jenner Foundation and is an honorary professor in veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham.

Following the announcement of his new position, Prof Wells said: “Working as GALVmed’s CEO for six months gave me real insight into the organisation’s challenges and opportunities.

“I look forward to working with the board, Andy Peters and the entire GALVmed team as we build on the achievements of GALVmed and scale up to achieve tangible impact, living up to GALVmed’s vision – protecting livestock, saving human life.”

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