A VETERINARY professor from Wirral is to be made a life peer.
Alexander “Sandy” Trees, Emeritus Professor at the University of Liverpool and a leading expert in veterinary parasitology, is only the second vet to be appointed to the House of Lords and will become a non-party political peer.
Professor Trees, who lives in Hoylake, has produced over 140 scientific papers through his research into a variety of parasitic diseases in temperate and tropical areas affecting both animals and humans.
His research group, in collaboration with colleagues in Germany, was the first to show that antibiotic treatment could kill adult filarial nematodes – worms transmitted by flies which cause a number of diseases in humans and animals in warm climates.
He said: “I am hugely honoured and delighted to have been appointed to the House of Lords. It is a particular privilege to be only the second vet to be appointed and I am very grateful for the support of the British Veterinary Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons throughout the selection process.
“I look forward to contributing to the work of Parliament across a range of areas including education, science and technology, international health and development as well as veterinary matters.”
Professor Trees is a former President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and former Dean of Veterinary Science at the University.
He qualified from Edinburgh’s Royal School of Veterinary Studies in 1969, and was appointed lecturer in veterinary parasitology at the University of Liverpool in 1980.