Alex Campbell has been a trustee of International Cat Care since February 2018.
After graduating (Physiology, 1988), Alex trained and worked as a Specialist in Poisons Information for the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) in London. Answering the emergency phones for NPIS, Alex took a very complicated veterinary call overnight that made him realise that vets had limited access to a specialist poisons service like their human medical counterparts. From that realisation grew the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS), launched in 1992 under the NPIS umbrella, which Alex developed and headed for 20 years whilst continuing to stay active in human clinical toxicology. When VPIS started Alex never expected it to grow as it did and certainly did not expect to become a researcher, lecturer, author, presenter and commentator in this field, nor to receive two career achievement awards from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA).
VPIS had a loose relationship with International Cat Care from its start, but from the late 1990s collaborated professionally on many feline toxicology issues and campaigns.
Alex was very active in the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists from 2000-2018, serving as General Secretary, Treasurer and finally as President, as well as on many of its committees, and still undertakes some limited projects for them.
From 2012-2017 he managed the NPIS unit in Birmingham. Since then Alex has worked on a freelance basis on various projects including an exciting international toxicology educational initiative in Egypt.
In his spare time, Alex sings in a choir, is a classical music and opera obsessive and semi-professional critic, and is working on two books with toxicological and operatic themes!