About this event

  • Date and time Thu 16 May 2024 from 10:45am to 12:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Senior Fellows Forum

Dr Simon Spiro is the veterinary pathologist for the Zoological Society of London, where he is responsible for the diagnostic pathology of the society’s 23,000 animals of 800 species. He is also the pathologist for the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) which investigates dead whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles, and seals in English and Welsh waters.

In this lecture, he will talk you through the practicalities of performing post-mortems on smaller animals such as snails, scorpions, fish, bats and more, introduce you to some of the fascinating diseases that can be found (some familiar to doctors, others unique to animals) and demonstrate how pathology can contribute to conservation. This lecture will include video footage of images, video and digital pathology from post-mortem examinations on animals.

Registration, tea and coffee: 10:45am
Welcome and introduction: 11:30am
Lecture: 11:40am
Close of meeting: 12:45pm
Optional lunch: 12:45pm

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A recording will be available for all registered delegates for up to 60 days after the event. The link will be sent 24 hours after the meeting.

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Key speakers

Dr Simon Spiro

Dr Simon Spiro

Wildlife veterinary pathologist for the Zoological Society of London

Speaker's biography

Dr Simon Spiro is the wildlife veterinary pathologist for the Zoological Society of London, an international conservation charity. He provides a pathology service to the 23,000 animals, across 800 species, that live within ZSL’s London and Whipsnade Zoos, as well as being the pathologist for the ZSL-led Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) that investigates the carcasses of stranded cetaceans, turtles, sharks and seals in English and Welsh waters. As well as his diagnostic caseload, Dr Spiro teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Royal Veterinary College and engages in clinical research.

Dr Spiro holds degrees in pathology and veterinary medicine from the University of Cambridge, a DPhil in infectious diseases from the University of Oxford and a master’s in veterinary pathology from the Royal Veterinary College. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology. Prior to his work at ZSL, he worked as a molecular virologist at the Pirbright Institute, developing vaccines for oncogenic poultry viruses, and as a diagnostic pathologist for the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).


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Registration for this event will close on 15 May 2024 at 1:00am (GMT) for the in-person event and on 16 May 2024 for the live stream. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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