Jonathan King

Jonathan King

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Originally from Somerset, I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London in 1999 and spent my first two years after graduation working in rural mixed practice in Dolgellau as a general practitioner, covering large areas of North Wales. I then then spent two years in a mixed practice in Pembroke where I became an NVQ assessor (D32/33) for veterinary nurse students. The next three years were spent as a farm animal practitioner in Haverfordwest with additional duties in white and red meat abattoirs and cutting plants. I then spent three years with "Animal Health Field Services (now APHA) in Carmarthen as a government vet where responsibilities included bovine TB case work, animal by-products controls, farm animal welfare and notifiable diseases. In 2009 I moved, with my family, to Aberystwyth and soon joined one of the mixed veterinary practices in town as a general practitioner, however duties also included working with the student nurses and with Improve as a TB testing assessor to ensure newly qualified vets in Wales were able to perform the TB test on cattle correctly. In 2015, I joined the newly established Wales Veterinary Science Centre in Aberystwyth where I became the Centre Manager in 2017 with responsibility for the whole centre and ensure it became established. This was a mixed role involving performing diagnostic post-mortem examinations (primarily livestock), test development, quality control and lecturing at Aberystwyth University in the Veterinary Biosciences and Animal Science degree schemes as a guest lecturer. In 2018, I obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE) and was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I was also involved with the Aberystwyth University staff in helping to establish the Aberystwyth School of Veterinary Science (ASVS) and was pleased to be asked to guest lecturer for the inaugural intake in 2021.

In October 2023 I joined the ASVS as a permanent member of staff as a Lecturer in Veterinary Science where I hope to use the wide variety of veterinary experiences I have working as a vet in Wales to inspire undergraduates as they start their veterinary career. 

Research interests

Crowley, E.J., King, J.M., Wilkinson, T., Worgan, H.J., Huson, K.M., Rose, M.T. and McEwan, N.R., 2017. Comparison of the microbial population in rabbits and guinea pigs by next generation sequencing. PloS one, 12(2), p.e0165779.


Scott-Baumann, J., Pizzey, R., Beckmann, M., Villarreal-Ramos, B., King, J., Hopkins, B., Rooke, D., Hewinson, G. and Mur, L.A., 2022. Metabotyping the Welsh population of badgers based on thoracic fluid. Metabolomics, 18(5), pp.1-9.


Scott-Baumann, J., Friedersdorff, J., Ramos, B.V., King, J., Hopkins, B., Pizzey, R., Rooke, D., Hewinson, G. and Mur, L., 2022. The faecal microbiome of the wild European badger Meles meles; a comparison against other wild omnivorous mammals from across the globe. bioRxiv.


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