Gura Bergkvist, FHEA BSc BVM&S PhD MRCVS


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Current Research Interests

My research interests are in the bone and tooth resorbing cell, the osteoclast, and clinical conditions where these cells become dysregulated. I have ongoing research projects in bone invasion in feline oral squamous cell carcinomas, feline tooth resorption, cattle dental disease and in canine and feline induced pluripotent stem cells.  


Originally from Norway, I graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh in 2003, during which time I also did an intercalated honours degree. After four years in mixed and small animal practice in Scotland I returned to the R(D)SVS to do a PhD in molecular oncology. I started a lectureship in veterinary anatomy at the R(D)SVS in 2010, and I was promoted to senior lecturer in 2016 and to Personal Chair of Veterinary Anatomy in 2023.

Since 2020 I have been Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions for the R(D)SVS. I have an active interest in widening access to higher education and contribute nationally and internationally to recruitment and outreach activities.

I am also Year 1 Director for the five year BVM&S programme, and teach extensively on the early years of the programme. I am a passionate educator and contribute to curriculum development and teaching innovation.


Research Groups

Within the R(D)SVS and The Roslin Institute I have collaborations with Prof Colin Farquharson (The Bone Group), Dr Tom Burdon & Dr Jeff Schoenebeck.


Research students

Saaim Tanveer Randhawa PhD student 2021-2025

The Networks Influencing Osteoclast Dysregulation Leading to Bone Invasion in Cancer

Chandrindu Abeykoon PhD studfent 2022-2026

Overcoming Limitations of Canine Somatic Cell Immortality

Rachel Wade PhD student 2023-2027

Assessing the impact of hormone deprivation on osteocyte function to better understand prostate cancer’s distinct tropism to the bone



Year 1

The Animal Body 1

Year GEP

Animal Body & Cases

Year 2

The Animal Body 3

The Animal Body 4

Year 5

Student Selected Component 2

Online Massive Open Online Courses

Edivet Have you got what it takes to be a veterinarian?


Administrative Roles


Director of Student Recruitment & Admissions, R(D)SVS

Chair of R(D)SVS Admissions Committee 2020 - present

Chair of the Veterinary Ethical Review Committee 2018 - 2022

Member of:

Senior Executive Team

Learnign and Teaching Executive

Exam Boards AB1, AB3 and AB4

Professional Mentor UG students



Coursera MOOC Edivet: Do you have what it takes to be a veterinarian?

This course is for anyone interested in learning more about Veterinary Medicine, giving a “taster” of courses covered in the first year of a veterinary degree and an idea of what it is like to study Veterinary Medicine.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor in Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Bachelor of Science, A study of the soft tissues of equine mandibular teeth, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

External positions

External examiner , 2School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

1 Apr 2023 → …

External Examiner, University of Cambridge

Jan 2021 → …

External Examiner, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin.


External Examiner, Royal Veterinary College

1 Dec 20131 Jun 2017


  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Oncology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Bone mineralisation
  • Feline tooth resorption
  • Osteoclasts


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