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Ian McIntyre

Died 20 March 2008.

An eminent veterinary scientist, who was on the team who created the first commercial vaccine for a parasitic disease in cattle.

Connection to the University of Glasgow: Faculty Dean, Lecturer, Professor

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The following achievement is associated with Ian McIntyre:

Inventing the world’s first commercial vaccine for a parasitic disease of cattle (Dictol)
In the late 1950s, a multidisciplinary group of scientists at the Glasgow Veterinary School developed the world's first successful vaccine for a parasitic disease affecting cattle.


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William Ian Mackay McIntyre (1919-2008) was a lecturer at the University's Veterinary School, 1951 to 1961, and the first Professor of Veterinary Medicine, 1961 to 1983. He was Dean of the Veterinary School from 1974 until 1977.

Born in Altnahara in Sutherland, McIntyre studied at Golspie School. After qualifying from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College he became an assistant in the Medicine Department at the Small Animal Clinic there, and combined departmental work with his own research programme. He collaborated with Professor George Montgomery, in charge of the Pathology Department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, to study the pathology and epidemiology of leptospirosis in man and animals.

In 1951, McIntyre was appointed Senior Lecturer in Clinical Medicine at the University's Department of Veterinary Studies. He helped develop clinical teaching at the department and pursued a number of research projects, particularly on the development of a vaccine against parasitic worms in cattle. In 1961 he was appointed to the new Chair of Veterinary Medicine.

McIntyre was seconded to the University of East Africa, University College, Nairobi as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science and Professor of Clinical Studies from 1963 to 1967. He was Director of the International Trypanotolerance Centre in The Gambia, 1984 to 1989. In 1990, he was made a CBE.