Sandy was brought up on the family farm just South of Forfar where he gained wide practical experience of all aspects of the management and workings of modern farm enterprises. He continues as partner in the business focusing on beef and lamb production with diversification into both solar and wind energy projects. He graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh and spent 16 years in mixed animal practice with core interests in farm animal production and public health controls. Sandy’s long term interest is in veterinary public health, its link to one health and its integration with efficient, practical farm-to-fork production systems. As well as an ISO 9001:2000 auditor / lead auditor, Sandy has very wide experience in HACCP implementation and quality management systems in food processing environments.
Awarded the MHS RCVS trophy in 2005 for outstanding contribution as an Official Veterinarian, Sandy is a past member of the British Veterinary Association Policy Group, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) stakeholder group on current and future meat controls and the Veterinary Public Health Association where he was treasurer. Sandy is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is currently a member of several Scottish stakeholder groups including the Scottish Meat Industry forum and the Scottish livestock welfare group. He currently chairs the FSS Veterinary Technical Forum and the collaboration workstream of the Scottish Veterinary Delivery Landscape Group.