It is with regret that I announce the retirement of Dr Robert (Bob) Pigott from Invetus, effective immediately. Bob has been a staunch supporter of the merger to form Invetus, was instrumental in forming one of the merging parties (Vetx Research), and has been an effective and productive researcher for many years. However, it is now time for Bob and his wife Beth to focus on life beyond veterinary research, and while we will miss his good humour and expertise, we recognise his desire to enjoy a long and healthy retirement.
Bob graduated from the University of Sydney in 1973 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and started working in private mixed practice the same year. After two years working in the UK, Bob bought a veterinary practice in Bowral, where he developed a keen interest in canine nutrition. In 1983 Bob established Key Minerals Australia, manufacturing nutritional supplements, and in 1989 established Biochemical Veterinary Research with two partners. He successfully developed and registered Cu-Algesic, discovered the cause of Anhydrosis, and developed a product to prevent the condition. In 2000 Bob established BioQuiv, Bowral and ran that until 2013, when he relocated to the Northern Rivers, NSW to join Dr Maurice Webster to create and jointly direct Vetx Research. His long research interest and success in the field made him an ideal leader for VetX Research, and his support for the formation of Invetus was appreciated.
Over the years Bob has contributed to many new animal medicines, research into pet food and its properties, and importantly, has guided and trained a range of staff, from nurses and animal assistants, through to veterinary peers.
We thank Bob for his contributions over many years, and wish he and Beth and their family all the very best for a fulfilling and healthy retirement.
Dr Maurice Webster, Managing Director