Veterinary education leadership

Our Veterinary programmes and courses are led by a team of academics across all departments who have dedicated their careers to making your experience the best possible.


Dr Emma OrmandyInterim Head of Veterinary Education
Professor Kieron Salmon BVSc Director of Studies
Alison Reid Director of Student Experience
Dr Emma Ormandy BVSc Assessments Officer
Dr Hannah Hodgkiss-Geere Director of Recruitment
Dr Karen Noble Director of Admissions
Dr Alistair Freeman Director of EMS (Clinical)
Dr Melanie Chapman Director of EMS (Pre Clinical)
Programme directors  
Dr Jakob Bro-Jorgensen Conservation Medicine
Ros Carslake PgCertVPS/CertAVP
Dr Jo Ireland Director of PgDip/MScVPS
Professor Rob Smith DipBovine Reproduction
Professor Catherine McGowan Veterinary Physiotherapy
Professor Catherine McGowan Veterinary Business Management

The School of Veterinary Science Follows the University of Liverpool’s Academic Governance Structure as defined by its Academic Standard and Quality Division’s Quality and Enhancement Framework.

The core university boards and committees are: 

Academic Boards 

Programme Boards of Studies (BoS)  

School Curriculum Board (CB)  

Further information on academic boards

Committee membership and rotating term for chair:
Each committee governance includes: The Head of level 1 (or representative i.e. HoVetEd), is responsible for annually appointing a Chairperson for the Board from among core members.

The Academic Boards are Informed by various subcommittees.



Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC)
Terms of reference found in the Code of Practice on Student Representation

School Recruitment, Admissions and Widening Participation committee (RAWP) 

Exam Boards

The Terms of Reference of the University Board of Examiners are defined Section 13 of the University code of practice on assessment and Sections 13-17 of Appendix D

Further information on exam boards

Exam Boards comprise:

  • Module review boards/Subject Review Boards
  • Progress Boards
  • Final Exam Boards

Boards of Examiners are empowered by Senate to consider illness and extenuating circumstances which may have affected a student’s performance through the Extenuating Circumstances Committee. The Extenuating circumstances committee sits prior to final exam board and comprises a subset of the exam board membership to view and make decisions on submitted ECs.


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