Jimmy Turnbull qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Edinburgh in 1980, he then spent 6 years in veterinary practice dealing with farm and pet animals before following his main interest by taking a MSc in Aquatic Veterinary Studies at the Institute of Aquaculture (IoA) Stirling. He then moved onto a part time PhD supervised by Randolph Richards studying a production disease problem in Atlantic salmon whilst working as a diagnostician and health consultant to a group of fish farms. In 1991 he was asked by Ron Roberts (director IoA) to undertake some work on shrimp diseases and attended the shrimp pathology course in Arizona. Around the same time he was fortunate to establish collaboration with Pornlerd Chanratchakool Supranee Chinabut and Kamonporn Tonguthai from AAHRI, Thailand. This friendships and collaboration with AAHRI resulted in a number of projects, a series of shrimp health workshops and three editions of a practical manual “health management in shrimp ponds” (funded by ODA/DFID UK government).
In 1996 he attended the master class in aquatic animal epidemiology arranged by Dick Callinan and organised and run by Chris Baldock. The next year he obtained DFID funding for an aquatic epidemiology project investigating WSD, in collaboration with Kenton Morgan (UK), NV Hao (Vietnam) and CV Mohan (India). This highly successful and productive project launched several careers in aquatic epidemiology including that of Flavio Corsin and Arun Padiyar. Since the early 1990s he has collaborated on aquatic animal health projects in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, China, Mexico and others. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at IoA Stirling; he has several projects on aquatic animal population health and welfare funded by Defra and BBSRC, and is the director for the MSc courses in Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Aquatic Pathobiology.