Dr. Brian Aldridge graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 1984. After graduating, he completed an internship in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Louisiana State University before returning to general practice in the UK. Following a two-year stint as a lecturer in Large Animal Medicine at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Brian completed a Food Animal Medicine and Surgery Residency and MS at Colorado State University and achieved diplomat status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. After another period in general practice, he then enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, examining the transfer of colostral leukocytes to the newborn calf. On completion of his graduate studies in 1999, Brian worked as a post-doctoral scientist in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of California-Davis and in association with the Marine Mammal Centre, Sausalito, studying marine mammal immunology and immunogenetics. During this period he also worked as a large animal clinician in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at UC Davis. Brian joined the founding faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University, California, as an Associate Professor of Large Animal Medicine and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Agriculture, California State Polytechnic University in 2003.
Brian returned to the UK with his family in 2005 where he held the post of Professor of Farm Animal Health and Production at the Royal Veterinary College, and then worked at the University of Cambridge.
He now works as Clinical Professor in Rural Animal Health Management at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois. Brian’s principal clinical interests are in farm animal medicine and the interface between health and production in growing animals. His primary research interests are in adaptive and transitional health in young animals. He also has a strong enthusiasm for teaching and learning, particularly as it relates to the advancement of animal health, welfare and production globally.