Martyn Edelsten worked in mixed veterinary practice in the UK after qualifying, but quickly developed a career in tropical veterinary medicine. He had long contracts in Somalia, Nigeria and Malawi (the latter spanning 10 years), working for government veterinary services on livestock disease investigation and control. This work was mainly funded by ODA/DfID. Latterly he was based at the University of Edinburgh Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, as director of the MSc International Animal Health (formerly the MSc Tropical Veterinary Medicine). In addition to the above, Martyn carried out numerous consultancies for DfID, the EU and the UN/FAO, covering a wide range of activities in addition to disease investigation and control, notably strengthening of veterinary services, project formulation and appraisal and training. Martyn has now retired but continues to support a range of projects in a voluntary capacity. This includes support to Malawi's first veterinary school and disease control projects in Ethiopia. He is keen to support any livestock projects under the umbrella of the Scotland-Malawi Partnership.