Online Speakers

28 September - 2 October 2020

Alasdair Macnab


Tuesday - 29 Sep

A reflection on the changing role of the Official Veterinarian
15:30 - Small Animal

Thursday - 1 Oct

A reflection on the changing role of the Official Veterinarian
10:45 - Farm Animal

Alasdair graduated from Glasgow University in 1979 and worked in a mixed practice in Dingwall until 1990, specialising in cattle and sheep medicine. After this, he joined MAFF in Inverness, where he specialised in farm animal welfare. He obtained the Cert BIP OVS with distinction in 2010.

Alasdair’s interest in biosecurity started in 2000 with classical swine fever in East Anglia and developed with foot and mouth in 2001. After these outbreaks, he was involved in developing and delivering training for staff in notifiable disease response processes. He left APHA in 2015 and set up a consultancy, AJM Agri Ltd, which does advisory work for farmers and crofters. In addition to this, he carries out TB practical assessments for Improve International, is the local branch chair for the National Farmers Union for Scotland and sits in the NFUS Legal and Technical Committee.

Alasdair has also run a reclaimed timber recycling business and a wood flooring business, done house building and crofting, as well a running a beef herd and a sheep flock. He and his wife now farm outside Dingwall where they run the noted ‘Alagils’ pedigree Limousin cattle herd. Biosecurity and herd health are key selling points for their stock.