McKellar graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1981, and went on to gain a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology in 1984. In August 1997 he took up the post of Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation. From 2004 he was principal of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) of the University of London, a position which he held for six years. His research interests are in the pharmacology of anti-infective and anti-inflammatory drugs in domestic animals, and he is widely published.
McKellar was appointed CBE in 2010 for his services to science, during his tenure as principal of the Royal Veterinary College.
In 2015 he was elected as a Board member of Universities UK and is also chair of the University Vocational Awards Council.
He is chair of the Board of Trustees of The Pirbright Institute and also co-chair of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) Food Economy Task Force.
He is a member of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and chair of the Hatfield Renewal Project Board.
He was also a member of the Government Chief Scientist Steering Group on Animal and Plant Health in the UK.
HONORARY APPOINTMENTS1997-2004 University of Glasgow Visiting Professor
1997-2004 University of Edinburgh Honorary Professor
2012 Taiyuan University of Technology Visiting Professor
FELLOWSHIPS2001 Fellowship of the Institute of Biology
2002 Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies
2003 Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
2009 Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
2016 Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
HONOURS2011 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
ACADEMIC AWARDSPfizer Academic Award for Animal Health Research 1986
The Wellcome Trust Medal for Veterinary Research 1993
British Small Animal Veterinary Association Amoroso Award 1995
Royal Agricultural Society Bledisloe Award 2000
Saltire Society Scottish Science Award 2001
British Veterinary Association Wooldrich Award 2002
COMMERCIAL ACHIEVEMENTSPatent: (PCT/GB94/00193) Synergistic benzimidazole anthelmintics (1993)
Good Laboratory Practice: Department of Veterinary Pharmacology, University of Glasgow (1993)
Directorships: Moredun Scientific (1997-2003)
London Bioscience Innovation Centre (2004-2007; Chairman 2007-2010)
Genomia Limited (2004-2008)
Royal Veterinary College Hong Kong Ltd (2009-2010)
European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology Ltd (2010-2016)
University of Hertfordshire Holdings Ltd (2011 – present)
Exemplas Ltd (2011 – 2014)
Industrial Consultancies: Five Pharmaceutical companies since 1988
Royal Veterinary College: Fifth in Times Higher Education League Tables for Commercial Enterprise (2008)
University of Hertfordshire: Entrepreneurial University of the Year (2010 – 2011)
PEER REFEREED PUBLICATIONS
McKellar, Q.A., Lees, P. and Gettinby, G. Pharmacodynamics of tolfenamic acid in dogs. Evaluation of dose response relationships. European Journal of Pharmacology (1994) 253, 191-200.
Benchaoui, H.A. and McKellar, Q.A. Interaction between fenbendazole and piperonyl butoxide: pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic implications. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (1996) 48, 753-759.
McKellar, Q.A., Gibson, I. Monteiro, A. and Bregante, M. Pharmacokinetics of Enrofloxacin and Danofloxacin in plasma, inflammatory exudate and bronchial secretions of calves following subcutaneous administration. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (1999), 43, 1988-1992.
Cheng, Z., Nolan, A., and McKellar, Q.A. Anti-inflammatory effects of carprofen, carprofen enantiomers, and NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester in sheep. American Journal of Veterinary Research (2002) 63, 1-7
McKellar, Q.A., Gokbulut, C., Muzandu, K. and Benchaoui, H. Fenbendazole Pharmacokinetics, Metabolism and Potentiation in Horses. Drug Metabolism and Disposition (2002), 30, 1230-1239.
Sarasola, P., Lees, P., Ali Abadi, F.S., McKellar, Q.A., Donachie, W., Marr, K.A., Sunderland, S.J. and Rowan, T.G. Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Profiles of Danofloxacin Administered by Two Dosing Regimens in Claves Infected with Mannheimia (Pasteurella) haemolytica. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2002), 46, 3013-3019.
Mitchell, J.D., McKellar, Q.A., and McKeever, D.J., Pharmacodynamics of Antimicrobials against Mycoplasma mycoides small colony, the causative agent of contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia. P lo S one 01/2012; 7 (8): e44158
Mitchell, J.D., McKellar, Q.A., and McKeever, D.J., Evaluation of antimicrobial activity against Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. mycoides Small Colony using an in vitro dynamic dilution pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic model. Journal of Medical Microbiology, (2013) 62 (Pt 1) 56-61.
1. Animal and Plant Health in the UK: Building our science capability. Government Office for Science, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2014.
2. Leading Food 4.0: Growing Business – University Collaboration for the UK’s Food Economy – National Centre for Universities and Business, 2015
McKellar, Q.A., Therapy for Livestock in a Global Community, Elixir or Crutch. Saltire Society Science Award. Royal Society of Edinburgh 2001.
McKellar, Q.A. Pride and Prejudice. The Wooldrich Lecture, British Veterinary Association, Stratford, 2002.
McKellar, Q.A. The Future of Animal Welfare. The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow, Glasgow 2003.
McKellar, Q.A. How can milk cost less than water? Royal Society for the Arts Annual President’s Lecture (HRH The Duke of Edinburgh), London 2009.