A veterinary surgeon with experience across clinical, academic and commercial sectors has been appointed chief executive of Langford Veterinary Services (LVS), a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Bristol.

Richard Hammond, chief executive of Langford Veterinary Services. Image: Tracy Dewey.

Richard Hammond, who has been acting chief executive, will have responsibility for clinical and commercial services at the university’s School of Veterinary Sciences.

Prof Hammond joined the university as a professor of clinical sciences and deputy head of school to support the implementation of a new curriculum and the management of the school.

He then took on responsibility for enterprise and strategic development.

Prof Hammond had formerly been part of the management team that set up the veterinary school at the University of Nottingham, where he was also head of teaching and learning.

He said he was delighted to take up his position on a permanent basis.

“LVS has an excellent track record of delivering high-quality clinical services in a commercially successful way, together with providing the learning environment needed for undergraduate and postgraduate clinical teaching and research,” he said.

“The sector faces some interesting challenges, as well as some exciting opportunities. I look forward to leading LVS into this new area, continuing to provide commercial success to support the highest quality teaching environment, while building on our clinical research potential to allow us to offer cutting-edge clinical services to our clients.”

Prof Hammond qualified as a vet in 1991 and has broad experience across clinical, academic and commercial sectors, having previously been a specialist in the area of veterinary anaesthesia and an academic clinician.

He was awarded a first class honours degree in applied biology in 1987, a degree in veterinary medicine in 1991, a PhD in 1999 in the area of biochemical pharmacology and a master’s in medical education in 2012. He also holds both Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European diplomas in veterinary anaesthesia.

As well as having experience of clinical general veterinary practice, Prof Hammond has worked as part of the commercial operation of a major pharmaceutical company.

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