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ON January 23, 2014, Declan James McKeever, MVB, PhD, MRCVS, of 27 Bulls Lane, Welham Green, Hertfordshire. Professor McKeever qualified from Dublin in 1980.

Brian Perry, Dirk Werling and Ken Smith write: Declan McKeever, professor of immunoparasitology, recently appointed vice-principal of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and former scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, previously ILRAD), was a brilliant immunologist, a great friend, and an Irish wit.

He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin and spent a short time in general practice, before taking up a PhD position on immune responses to orf virus at the University of Edinburgh under Hugh Reid.

On completing his PhD, Declan joined ILRAD. There he encapsulated the dedication to scientific discovery and innovation that consumed ILRAD at that time, spearheading the search for an understanding of the immune responses to Theileria parva (the cause of East …

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