Elspeth Milne


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Elspeth Milne graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1979 and after a spell in practice undertook a PhD at Edinburgh in clinical pathology of sheep. She then spent three years as a small animal resident at the R(D)SVS before moving to equine medicine where she was a clinician from 1986 to 1996. In 1996 she joined the Scottish Agricultural College Veterinary Services in Dumfries where she became Centre Manager. She returned to the R(D)SVS in 2002 and was Head of Veterinary Pathology from 2004-2019. 

In 1997, she was awarded an FRCVS for studies on equine dysautonomia, in 2002 she became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology and in 2011 a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. She has a Personal Chair in Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and is a European recognised specialist in veterinary clinical pathology. She contributes to development of clinical pathology internationally through the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology and is an examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists. 

Her main research interests are in clinical pathology including haematology, clinical biochemistry, biomarkers and cytology. She also has a long standing interest in equine pathology, particularly equine dysautonomia (grass sickness) and diseases of red squirrels.


Year 3

Veterinary Pathology: Clinical pathology lectures, cytology practical classes


Year 4

Professional and clinical skills 4: Cytology practical classes, haematology practical classes, clinical biochemistry practical classes


Year 5

Final year rotations: Clinical pathology case interpretation classes, practical haematology and cytology slide reading classes, haematology tutorials



Research students

Assistant supervisor of PhD student, D. Pogson (1986-89) 

Assistant supervisor of MPhil student, D. Collie (graduated 1990)

Assistant supervisor of PhD student, A. Murray (graduated 1995)

Adviser of DVM&S student, H. Sweeney (graduated in 1995)

Principal supervisor of PhD student, M. Dagleish (graduated 1998)

Assistant supervisor of PhD student, C. Hahn (graduated 2000)

Principal supervisor, MSc student project, M. Bahrani (graduated 2007)

Principal supervisor, MSc student, A. Pastorello (graduated 2008)

Principal University supervisor of PhD student, C. Fiegna (graduated in 2012)

Prinicipal University supervisor of PhD student, S. Guido (graduated 2018)

Prinicipal University supervisor of PhD student, G. Caspe (2017-present)

Anatomic pathology residents (19 residents since 2002)

Clinical pathology residents (6 since 2004)

Current Research Interests

Research interests include comparative cytology and molecular signatures of inflammatory cells in secretory otitis media of brachycephalic dogs and children, immunohistochemical markers for reactive and neoplastic mesothelial cells in dogs, residual microscopic lesions in recovered cases of grass sickness and studies on the pathology of the red squirrel with particular reference to squirrel pox infection.

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

European recognised specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Fellow of the Royal College of Pathology

Administrative Roles

Senior Veterinary Clinical Pathologist

Member of the Centre for Comparative Pathology Executive Committee

Member of the School Clinical Strategy Group

Chair of 2 resident Progression Committees

Collaborative Activity

Member of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP) Executive Committee (2010-2016)

Secretary of the ECVCP (2014-2016)

Member of the Examination Committee, ECVCP (2007-2017)

Chair of the Cytology Examination Subcommittee, ECVCP (2007-2010 and 2012-2013)

Examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists (2012-present)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1983

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1979


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