Andrew Gardiner


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PhD projects

Veterinary history/sociology/humanities; human-animal relations; ethics; interdisciplinary animal studies; history of science, technology and medicine; veterinary education; veterinary anatomy; community animal health and welfare

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Personal profile


After working as a GP companion animal vet in private practice and for animal welfare charities for 14 years, I returned to the R(D)SVS as Clinical Lecturer in 2008 (Senior Lecturer from 2014) in the Veterinary Medicine Education Development division.



Animal Body 1

Animal Body Systems & Cases (Graduate course)

Animal Life & Food Safety

Student Research Component (Foundation Skills)

Making Animal Studies (ECA)

Student Research Component

Dog and Cat Intergrated Clinical Course

Professional and Clinical Skills

Final Year Selective Rotations (Dentistry and Ophthalmology)

MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Administrative Roles

Extramural Studies (EMS) Director

Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) Year Director

Student Research Component (Foundation Skills) Course Organiser

Animal Body 1 (GEP) Module Organiser

Senior House Tutor

Admissions Committee

Admissions Executive

External examiner, University of Surrey

Examination Committee member, European Board of Veterinary Studies: Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law

Examination Board Chair, BSc Agricultural Science, Global Academy of Agriculture



Current Research Interests

Veterinary education, veterinary primary care, community animal health and welfare, shelter medicine, ethics, veterinary history, cross-discipline animal studies. See under Media tab for some more information.



Andrew Gardiner: History of vets

In this video Andrew describes how his research focuses on human-animal relations in veterinary medicine, the development of the veterinary profession and animal welfare organisations, and veterinary education.

My inter-disciplinary interests began whilst working as a vet in practice and were based around questions of veterinary ethics and the development of the profession. A Wellcome Trust Award enabled me to study for a PhD in History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester in a large, multi-disciplinary department within the Faculty of Life Sciences (Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine).

My research focuses on human-animal relations in science and veterinary medicine, the history and development of the British veterinary profession, the history of animal welfare organisations, veterinary ethics and veterinary education. The work complements the veterinary teaching I undertake in my role as senior veterinary clinical lecturer at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, where I teach anatomy, dental surgery, veterinary ethics, extramural studies and ‘community animal health and welfare’.

My most recent long paper is a revisionist account of the development of British veterinary medicine in the first half of the twentieth century. In it, I examine issues of socioeconomic class, gender, ethics and species focus within veterinary education and practice, against the background of a profession moving away from its historical roots in equine medicine. A follow-on paper is in preparation, which extends the story into 1950s Britain and beyond.


Collaborative Activity

Dr Iain Robbé, Memorial University, Newfoundland

Ms Andrea Roe, Edinburgh College of Art

Ms Sue Bradley, Centre for Rural Economy, University of Newcastle

Professor Michael Worboys, University of Manchester

Education/Academic qualification

History of Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Small animal practice in British veterinary medicine, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Master of Science, The canine history of diabetes mellitus, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Veterinary Medicine, Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992


  • SF Animal culture
  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)
  • science
  • technology
  • medicine
  • veterinary


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