Home > News > PRESS RELEASE: 100 Years of The Moredun Foundation

PRESS RELEASE: 100 Years of The Moredun Foundation


The Moredun is very proud to be celebrating it’s centenary today, on 17th March 2020. This world leading organisation, based just outside Edinburgh, is dedicated to promoting the highest standard of animal health and welfare through research and education.  Set up by farmers, for famers this unique research facility has led to the development of many of the vaccines, diagnostic tests and disease prevention and control strategies used on farms today.

Professor Julie Fitzpatrick CEO Moredun Group said:

 “Moredun focuses its research on infectious diseases of livestock and wildlife species, especially those which are endemic, or common, diseases which adversely affect the efficiency of production and animal welfare. The organisation has developed scientific expertise in studying the viruses, bacteria and parasites that cause disease and the animal species they infect. We are proud of our long history of delivering practical tools and solutions to ensure safe, high quality food from livestock and look forward to continuing our important work”.

Moredun started as the Animal Diseases Research Association in 1920 and at that time was the only society of its kind in the UK. A committee composed of representatives of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, the Scottish Chamber of Agriculture and the Farmers Union of Scotland drafted a constitution and the initial objectives were to: “research infectious diseases of livestock and to apply available knowledge to farm practice”.

The ethos at the Moredun is to apply cutting edge science to develop solutions to control infectious diseases and to ensure that any advances in new technologies and knowledge are communicated effectively with those that can benefit from them. This unique relationship between farmers and scientists has helped to drive innovation and combat infectious diseases of livestock across the world.

Ian Duncan Millar Chairman Moredun Foundation said, “ It was on this day, 17th March 1920, exactly 100 years ago that a public meeting was held in the chambers of the Royal Agricultural Society of Scotland and the Animal Disease Research Association was formed. One of the tenets of the new Association was to, “ be in a favourable position to influence stock owners and in this matter science has scarcely penetrated farm practice. It will be an essential part of the organisation to bridge the gap between research workers and farmers”. This is still a central mission of Moredun today and I am very proud of the successes Moredun has achieved in these 100 years and for the foresight of our founding fathers. We have much more to give in the next 100 years and look ahead to new science producing new rewards”.

With the current challenge of Covid-19 virus affecting many people across the world it is a reminder of the importance of science and technology to develop the solutions required to help combat infectious diseases.

Moredun’s appliance of science is needed now more than ever to help find solutions to many of the major challenges we all face such as the consequences of a changing climate, ensuring safe and sustainable food and water supplies, tackling infectious diseases and safeguarding our natural resources and the Moredun scientists are ready to take up the challenge for the next 100 years.



The Moredun Foundation is a registered charity, with over 12,000 members from the farming, veterinary and associated industries. The Foundation works to support animal health and welfare by improving the understanding, treatment and prevention of diseases through research and educational initiatives. The research outputs, knowledge and expertise generated at Moredun are disseminated as widely as possible to bring maximum benefits to the economy and society at large. The Moredun Foundation governs the work of the Moredun Research Institute which applies cutting edge science and technology to develop effective treatments, diagnostic tests and vaccines to safeguard livestock health. The Moredun Group now employs over 150 scientists, vets and support staff who continue to help find solutions for major challenges to modern farming such as the consequences of a changing climate; ensuring safe and sustainable food and water supplies conserving biodiversity and finding solutions to infectious disease. For further information visit www.moredun.org.uk