Professor Richard Halliwell received both his veterinary degree and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He spent 16 years teaching in the USA, first at the University of Pennsylvania and then the University of Florida, where he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medical Sciences. In 1988 he returned to the UK as William Dick Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and served 6 years as Dean of the Faculty. Now a Professor Emeritus, he has served as President of both the American and the European Colleges of Veterinary Dermatology (1984-1986 and 1994-1996 respectively) and of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology (2000-2008). At the Fifth World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in Vienna in August 2004, he was awarded a Lifetime Career Achievement Award by the European College of Veterinary Dermatology, and in 2012 he received WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement. At the 7th World Congress in Vancouver in he received the Hugo Schindelka Award of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology, recognizing excellence in scholarship and publications in veterinary dermatology. His area of expertise is in allergy and clinical immunology, in which he has authored in excess of 100 publications.