Dr Richard Kock

Senior Consulting Fellow, Global Health Programme


Dr Richard Kock is a wildlife veterinary scientist at the agricultural-environment nexus.

He worked at the Zoological Society London for 28 years, during which he was seconded to Kenya, where he researched diseases at the livestock-wildlife disease interface.

Since 2011 he has been professor at the Royal Veterinary College, and in 2010 he was awarded the FAO medal in recognition of his work on rinderpest eradication.

He supervises doctoral students in areas including bovine tuberculosis (Uganda); brucellosis (Kazakhstan); health and wildlife reintroduction (UK) and molecular studies on PPR virus (UK).

He is the director of the MSc One Health (Infectious Diseases) which is delivered jointly by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

He publishes widely in peer/popular media, and is a regular keynote speaker at public health events.

He is the co-chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) wildlife health specialist group, on periodic expert committees or panels for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), IUCN, International Health Regulations (IHR) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

He obtained his veterinary professional and doctoral degrees from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.

Past experience

2011 - Professor Royal Veterinary College London
1983 - 2010 Veterinarian Researcher, Zoological Society London (seconded Kenya AU 1991-2006)
1980-83 General Practice UK