Dr Nick Coulson PhD, MBA, VetMB, MA

Dr Nick Coulson
  • Name. Dr Nick Coulson
  • Position. Consultant
  • Email. Email Dr Nick


Formerly Director of Veterinary and Technical Services, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Nick Coulson qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Cambridge University in 1982. He then spent 11 years in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps where amongst leadership roles he undertook biomedical research in the USA and UK and was awarded a PhD in 1993 from Warwick University.

From 1994 to 2001 he worked for the Defence Science and Research Laboratories in a variety of management roles. For 4 years he was Head of the Biomedical Department responsible for research into medical countermeasures (including vaccines) against chemical and biological weapons. He completed his MBA (OU) in 2000.

He joined Defra in 2001 to manage their animal health research projects. He led the Defra team (60 veterinary and support staff) developing international trade and disease prevention policy working directly to the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) and Ministers.

Nick led for the UK in EU and International Animal Health and Welfare negotiations and managed the UK Presidency of the EU in 2005.

Nick was acting Deputy CVO during outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza and Bluetongue in 2007/8.

During 2010/11 he was Director of Veterinary and Technical Services for the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency with wide responsibilities at Board level for professional standards and delivery issues.  

Nick is a politically aware veterinary surgeon, with experience in creating and advising on animal health policy, leading control of disease outbreaks and procuring complex research programmes. His experience also includes delivering complex programmes, leading diverse teams, managing large budgets and delivering research outcomes.

Nick is experienced at handling the media, and very familiar with the complexities of working with government and international organisations.