Dr. Brian Coles has practised as a veterinary surgeon since qualifying from Liverpool University in 1956. He has had links with Chester Zoo since his student days and remains an external advisor to their Animal Health, Welfare and Husbandry Sub-Committee. Having run his own practise on the Wirral for over thirty years, he has treated countless pets of all kinds, zoo and farm animals, numerous varied wildlife casualties and thousands of birds from hundreds of different species.
In 1985, Brian published his first book “Avian Medicine and Surgery” which remains a staple text for both veterinary students and practitioners, and which has been translated into Japanese. He has also contributed to numerous academic publications, presented papers and lectures, been interviewed on radio and appeared on the BBC and ITV. In 1999, in recognition of his work, Brian became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and his work also led to him being made Emeritus Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine of the R.C.V.S. in 2010, a very rare honour for practitioners.
He was a founder member of the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery, which merged to become the European College of Zoological Medicine, of which Brian was made an Honorary Diplomat in 2015.
Since his early teens, when his family was evacuated to North Wales during the Second World War, Brian has had an endless fascination with animals of all kinds. By the time he sold his practice in 1994 Brian was working solely with birds and was being consulted by colleagues as far afield as Belgium, Canada, Sweden and Finland. Brian continued to work as a specialist consultant in his former practice for many years.
Now in his nineties, Brian is widowed, lives in Chester, has two grown up children and four grandchildren, and remains active both in his leisure time when he enjoys opera and travelling, and professionally.