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THE COOPERS (revised - Feb 2010)

John and Margaret Cooper are a husband and wife team, from the United Kingdom. John E Cooper trained as a  veterinary surgeon and is now a specialist pathologist with particular interests in wildlife and exotic species, tropical  diseases and comparative medicine. Margaret E Cooper is a lawyer who qualified originally as a British solicitor and  has made the study of animal and conservation law her special interest.

The Coopers have travelled widely and lectured together in many countries. They have spent nearly ten years living  in Africa, including a period in Rwanda working with the mountain gorillas. They recently returned from the University  of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago where they combined their medical and legal backgrounds in the  promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to veterinary and biological education, wildlife conservation and forensic  science.  Now based again in the UK, the Coopers are involved in teaching at various universities and developing their  consultancy service in diagnostic pathology, exotic species, emerging diseases, animal law and  forensics.  They continue their work with wildlife, domesticated animals and communities in East Africa.

     Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Pathologists     
European Veterinary Specalist in Zoological Medicine     
RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Pathology
Has lived and worked for over 15 years overseas, in Africa, Arabia and the Caribbean.  Time in Britain/Europe spent primarily in the fields of comparative medicine, wildlife and veterinary care of "exotic" species.
Graduate in veterinary science at Bristol University, UK, in 1966 and gained MRCVS.  Postgraduate training and qualifications in tropical veterinary medicine (DTVM), avian medicine and pathology (FRCVS), comparative pathology (FRCPath, Dip.ECVP) and biology (FSB, C.Biol).
Professional interests: teaching , diagnostic pathology, wildlife and ecosystem health, tropical diseases, zoonoses and human health.
Author/editor of many books and papers.
Several appointments, including consultancies in academic institutions, zoos and diagnostic labs. Visiting Professor, University of Nairobi. 
Married to a lawyer, Margaret Cooper, LLB, FLS, two adult children.
Interests include natural history, youth activities, overseas travel. Just returned from serving as Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.

Graduated in law from Bristol University, UK, in 1965 and qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1969.  Spent several years in Africa, with her husband, mainly in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. In UK was a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) and (1999) a member of the Zoo Standards Review team.
Works as a free-lance writer and consultant, lectures at various universities, particularly at post-graduate level, on legal and allied matters.  Visiting Lecturer, University of Nairobi.  Author of two books and many papers on animal and conservation law. 
Married to a veterinary surgeon, John E Cooper, DTVM, FRCPath, FSB CBiol, FRCVS, two adult children.
Interests include overseas travel, languages, cultures and human rights.  Recently returned from living, writing and serving as a Guest Lecturer in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.
 JEC/MEC 11/02/10


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