Prof Mike Taylor graduated from the Glasgow Veterinary School in 1976. After 6 years in general practice, he joined first the State Veterinary Service for 3 years and then the Central Veterinary Laboratory Weybridge (later to become VLA) where he worked for 18 years specialising in parasitology. During that period he undertook obtained a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology from the Royal Veterinary College, London for work on anthelmintics resistance in sheep. In 2002, he moved to the Central Science Laboratory (CSL) York as head of Veterinary Surveillance. He is currently a veterinary consultant at the Food and Environment Research AAgency (formerly the CSL).
He is a visiting professor in Veterinary Parasitology at the RVC London and Bangor University, Wales; a Diplomate of the European Colleges of Veterinary Parasitology and Small Ruminant Health and Management, and editor-in-chief for the Journal Veterinary Parasitology. He has written over 250 scientific publications including 18 book chapters and is first author of the 3rd edition of the textbook Veterinary Parasitology.