Let me introduce myself.

Lord Trees

It is wonderful at my stage of life to still be doing new things – so here is my first ever blog. To start, let me introduce myself. Born in Yorkshire and brought up in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, I studied Veterinary Science at university. I have spent my career as a veterinary surgeon in practice, in industry, and for the most part over thirty years in teaching and research at the University of Liverpool Veterinary School. My veterinary career has taken me all over the world and in particular I have worked extensively in Africa. My speciality has been the study of parasites and parasitic diseases in both humans as well as animals.

In 2012 I became the second ever veterinary surgeon to enter the House of Lords, having been nominated by the appointments commission, and I sit as a crossbencher. Whilst it is a huge honour and recognition by one’s literal and metaphorical peers to enter the House this isn’t part of the Honours system – this is a working job – and when asked to fill in the occupation field on forms I now put ‘Working Peer’. The House of Lords is an incredibly exciting and impressive place, with some extremely talented people working very hard for the good of us all.

Whilst my particular interests include animal health and welfare, higher education and professional regulation, they also range more widely over science, technology and agriculture. My most significant and challenging contribution to date has been to initiate a debate on humane slaughter and so-called ‘religious slaughter’, which has attracted and stimulated a good deal of media interest. You can find out more about me and my other contributions to date on my UK Parliament page.


3 comments for “Let me introduce myself.

  1. GareThugHowell
    20/03/2014 at 1:43 pm

    Salvete Lord Trees.

    We don’t really have enough non-peer correspondents although when the Lord of the school of Islamic studies introduced himself recently quite a few seemed to turn up! That is not to say that the blog is not read since the hit rate is quite good, but that may be 500 hits per day from G Howell.

    I have often thought that the best person to deal with a particular ailment I had, would have been a Vet and not a Doctor of medicine at all. One of my own particular interests ‘de la vie’, has been the development of the Apiary sciences, which have come on in leaps and bounds in the last 15 years with the University of Sheffield initiatives in to queen insemination and genetic rearing of the native black.

    Cconsequently my interest in the five mosquito borne diseases has had a boost.

    I thought for a moment that the noble Lord said “Human slaughter” and not “humane slaughter”, but then I knew that the likes of Radavan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb psychiatrist, do not happen here….. I hope! I am not convinced of his guilt.

    May Lord Trees enjoy his use, and membership, of the House of lords.

  2. maude elwes
    20/03/2014 at 3:07 pm

    So, at (Dick) did they give you a rounded perspective on the inhumane practice of both Kosher and Halal killing of animals for religious observance by those who have set up their business to impose upon our schools and hospitals, without the knowledge of the people eating this product? As it is not labelled, thereby forcing it on the population they know will reject it should they know what is being shoved down their throats.

    Are you a person who has been selected as an appointee for the HoL to cover the politically correct imposition of inhumane treatment on our once, more caring, attitude toward animals in farming? It would be enlightening if you would tell us how you propose to take this forward for the tax payer?


    And the reasoning behind the barbarity.

  3. 20/03/2014 at 9:34 pm

    Welcome on board, Lord Trees. It’s always interesting to read contributions from a crossbench member who went through the Appointments Commission route. If you have the time to commit it to writing, I for one would be interested to hear your account of how you became a peer, and what it was like in your early days as a member of the House. Of course, I also look forward to your input on scientific matters. Having had a quick skim through the debate you linked, it’s notable how many of the participants are crossbenchers, people who would never be members of the House of Lords if it were an elected, party-political chamber. I much prefer the status quo.

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