Professor Richard Kock (MA, Vet MB Vet MD, MRCVS) is a dedicated wildlife veterinary teacher, ecologist, researcher and conservationist having worked in the field of wildlife health for more than 37 years, with a focus on African and Asian ecosystems. Affiliated with the Zoological Society of London for 28 years he set up the Veterinary Department for Kenya Wildlife Service, now a model in the region, and supported many wildlife conservation programmes. His 28 years of epidemiological work throughout Africa contributed to eradication of rinderpest, a viral disease of livestock and wildlife for which he was awarded the FAO bronze medal.
He is now a Professor of Wildlife Health at the Royal Veterinary College London (RVC) where his research is focused on zoonoses, wildlife and livestock diseases in Central Asia and Eastern Africa and where he developed a One Health MSc course together with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a senior research fellow for Health Security at Chatham House, a globally recognised policy think-tank and is promoting wildlife and environment in the health agenda worldwide.