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For Equine Vets Everywhere

New Chair of Trustees takes the reins at The Donkey Sanctuary

17 May 2022 BEVA

Professor Paul Lunn has been welcomed as the new Chair of Trustees at international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary.

Paul takes over the role from Professor Stuart Reid CBE, who held the position since 2007.

Paul recently returned to the UK to take up the post of Dean of the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool, after spending ten years as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

His previous roles include Head of Department of Clinical Sciences for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Paul grew up in a farming community in North Wales, before studying veterinary medicine at Liverpool University. After a period in private practice in the UK, he pursued clinical training in Ontario and Wisconsin, and doctoral research training at the University of Cambridge.

As a faculty member, outside of clinical work Paul’s interests have been in equine immunology and infectious disease. His research has focused on influenza virus and EHV-1 infection in horses, and more recently on infectious diseases of working equids in low-income countries.

As well as bringing a wealth of knowledge to his role at The Donkey Sanctuary, Paul and his wife Kathy have first-hand experience as owners of a donkey and pony, who they have owned for 25 years. 

Their 27-year-old donkey called Ferdinand, and Biscuit the pony, who is 25, made the long journey from the United States with Paul and Kathy to their new home near Liverpool. 

Paul said: “People often ask; ‘Why donkeys?’ I think their intelligence, gentleness, and personalities are unique and wonderful.

"When you also get to see them working with people, being an essential part of their lives in many parts of world, it is a wonderful thing to see. This gives me all the motivation I need to want to work to support them and improve their welfare."