Chris was born in Salisbury (now Harare), Zimbabwe, in 1947. After undertaking a first year BSc at Cape Town University in 1966, he was accepted into the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria, South Africa and completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree there in 1970. After five years in private, mixed veterinary practice in Zimbabwe and UK, he joined the Veterinary Research Laboratory (now the Central Veterinary Laboratory), in the Ministry of Agriculture in February 1976. He remained in the Government Veterinary Services from that date until his age-compulsory retirement in August 2012.
In 1989, the Wildlife Veterinary Unit (WVU) was formed within the Department of Veterinary Services, in response to a rapidly expanding wildlife industry in Zimbabwe. Dr. Foggin was appointed Head of this Unit, a position that he held until his retirement. This Unit remains responsible for wildlife diagnostic, regulatory, extension, research and conservation veterinary medicine work throughout Zimbabwe’s commercial wildlife properties, including wildlife conservancies, as well as within the Parks and Wildlife Estate. Dr. Foggin was the veterinarian attending to rhino veterinary requirements during the period 1996-2010. In this work, he had to perform some 1400 field immobilizations of black and white rhino for routine management operations as well as for translocations and treatments of snares and other injuries.
Dr. Foggin lectured in his first drugs course in 1980 and has attended every year since (33 years). Dr. Foggin was largely responsible for the organization of the Course, on behalf of the ZVA Wildlife Group, with volunteer conveners (e.g. Janine Honywill, Astrid Huelin, Roxy Danckwerts and Lorna York) from the 1990s to 2012. The Course has always been run in a relaxed atmosphere with good social bonding between lecturers and students, and year-to-year changes have been made in view of the lessons learned. The use of the Malilangwe venue has been the one major change that turned it from being a largely theoretical course to a highly practical one. Dr. Foggin, as a true “silver-back” and stalwart of the course, has been instrumental in bringing the course to its current status: diverse, professional, truly international and immensely practical.