Dr Tony Mudd, December 1939 to February 2022

Dr Tony Mudd, former Chairman of the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management, died on 7th February.

Tony was born on 3 December 1939.  He was brought up in East Lancashire on a Government Experimental Farm, where he learnt to control the predators that devastated his outdoor poultry flock.  Following graduation from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1962, he did locum work in mixed veterinary practice being awarded a scholarship from the Pig Industry Development Authority to do work at Newcastle University leading to a PhD.

After his studies in Newcastle he joined the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Research on Animal Diseases at Compton, Berkshire, to work on metabolic diseases of ruminants.  After four years at Compton he took up a post at Beecham Research Laboratories to establish facilities for dairy-cow research, including mastitis control.

Subsequently, he held appointments at the Agricultural Division of ICI heading a group developing nutritional products for cattle, as International Technical Director for Cyanamid, at American Home Products and at Roche Products.  He was involved in the founding of the organization that became the International Federation for Animal Health, and later became the head of the organization.  He did consultancy work in Europe in collaboration with an ex colleague in California.

Tony met his wife, Patricia whilst doing his PhD at Newcastle.  They were happily married for 38 years and  parents of 3 children, 2 daughters and a son. Patricia predeceased him.  Tony leaves behind 8 grandchildren the eldest is 22 and youngest 5 he was a truly beloved grandfather.  Tony and his wife Patricia enjoyed many years living overseas in Zurich with Cynamid and later New Jersey in the USA.  They enjoyed travel to the Far East, Australia and Africa and Tony continued his passion for travel up until the Covid pandemic.  There was not much of the world he had not explored.  He was an active Rotarian and enjoyed attending veterinary conferences.  He had a passion for music, attending annual folk festivals.

Tony was a former Chairman of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Trust.  He was a long standing member of the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management and chairman from 2011 to 2014.