Stanford Michael

Michael Stanford, invariably know as Stan, qualified from Liverpool University in 1987 and after working for 5 years in Yorkshire at an avian & small animal referral practice, he moved to Cheshire to set up Birch Heath Veterinary Clinic in partnership with his wife. The practice now employs 6 fulltime veterinary surgeons and enjoys an 80% exotic case load, including zoo and wildlife work. The clinic also provides interpretation services for Pinmoore Laboratories, an onsite pathology laboratory specialising in exotic species, and veterinary services for RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Hospital in Nantwich responsible for 8000 wildlife admissions annually. Stan has published widely and in 2007 he was awarded the William Hunting award for the best paper published in the Veterinary Record by a practitioner. Stan is a member of the editorial board for Exotic DVM and lectures both nationally and internationally together with teaching responsibilities at the Royal Veterinary College. In 2006 Stan was awarded the Diploma of FRCVS by thesis on the subject of the effects of husbandry on calcium metabolism in grey parrots and was subsequently granted RCVS specialist status in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine the following year. Although he still works at the clinic solely with exotic species, he has also been employed as a Claims Consultant by the Veterinary Defence Society, a professional indemnity insurer, since 2007.