Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer

Nigel Gibbens

Nigel Gibbens

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Biography

Professor Nigel Gibbens CBE is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer.

He was appointed in May 2008 following previous experience in the State Veterinary Service and in policy roles on international trade, BSE controls, animal welfare and international relations co-ordination for Defra’s Food and Farming Group.

Prior to joining the UK government in 1990, Nigel worked in private practice in his early career and in government veterinary services in Belize and Yemen.

Nigel enjoys cycling, walking, at home and abroad, gardening and DIY.

Nigel holds an Honorary Professorship from the Royal Veterinary College. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the veterinary profession and animal welfare in the New Year’s Honours list for 2016.

Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer

The Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) is responsible for:

  • UK/Defra chief spokesperson on animal health and welfare issues
  • shapes animal health and welfare policy across England and throughout Great Britain/UK and influences its delivery
  • leads the Defra/England response to outbreaks of exotic animal diseases
  • advises on the programmes necessary to control, and, where appropriate, eradicate disease
  • represents the UK in the EU and internationally, negotiating on behalf of the UK government
  • Head of Profession for all veterinary surgeons in the government’s employment