Bill Nash

UK - It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Bill Nash. His premature death has robbed us of a great friend and colleague and a very fine veterinarian.
calendar icon 13 December 2005
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Bill's contribution to the international poultry and pig industry is incalculable and his passing will be felt throughout the profession.

Bill qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1979 and those who were privileged to have gone through vet school with him owe him a debt of gratitude for his warm friendship and support throughout those, sometimes not particularly happy, times. Bill's sense of humour is legendary and we have so many happy memories of hysterical times with Bill both at college and through his subsequent career. His sense of humour helped him and his family cope with his illness and his marathon phone calls relating his hospital experiences left you weak with laughter.

Bill's relatively laid back approach to life tended to belie his great professionalism and expertise. Having never quite settled to veterinary practice, he brought his considerable farm animal skills to his work in the pharmaceutical industry firstly with Solvay Duphar (later to become Fort Dodge Animal Health) and ultimately as a respected consultant.

During his time with Solvay Duphar Bill worked on the development of and, practical administration of vaccine, perhaps most notably for 'hot' Gumboro disease and this had a massive influence on the health of poultry stocks. After he became independent in 1999 Bill did some immensely useful and practical work for the introduction of live Salmonella vaccines to the UK poultry market. Bill's contribution to the Poultry industry and the veterinary profession in general cannot be overstated; he leaves a lasting legacy in the advancement of animal health in the UK and overseas.

Away from work Bill was a devoted family man, he was married to Linda for 22 years and had three wonderful sons. They all shared Bill's passions for food and music and Bill was never happier than when he was feasting on 'half a whole duck' or tucking into a plate of faggots - preferably with the Kinks playing in the background.

Bill was the best of men and the admiration and respect with which he was regarded was demonstrated by the huge attendance at his funeral. Our thoughts are with Linda and their family.

Source: Pete Southgate for ThePoultrySite team - 13th December 2005

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