Honour for top Midlothian animal expert

Dr Hugh Reid
Dr Hugh Reid

A leading Scottish scientist has been awarded an honorary fellowship to the Moredun Foundation.

Dr Hugh Reid worked at the Moredun Research Institute, based at Pentlands Science Park, for more than 30 years.

Although he retired as head of virology in 2002, he remained at Moredun working as a Research Fellow until earlier this year.

Dr Reid was awarded an MBE in 2002 in recognition for his services to animal health.

Moredun, one of the top 10 animal research institutes worldwide, conducts research on the infectious diseases of livestock.

Whilst at Moredun, Dr Reid has produced nearly 200 refereed publications, more than 70 of which relate to louping-ill virus on which he is the acknowledged world expert.

Dr Reid is also internationally renowned for his knowledge of Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF) a disease of deer, cattle and antelopes.

Dr Reid won funding to tackle urgent issues concerning BSE.

This project has enhanced Moredun’s reputation internationally as well as answering vital scientific questions needed by the farming and industry and government.

John Ross, chairman of the Moredun Foundation, praised Dr Reid for his contribution, not just to the work of Moredun, but to the global livestock industry.