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Current Research Interests

Veterinary behavioural medicine/clinical animal behaviour, psychopharmacology and the interplay between health and behaviour


Kevin graduated from the University of Glasgow as a veterinary surgeon in 2005, and has worked in a range of first opinion small animal practices across the UK. In 2011, Kevin completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling before setting up a behaviour referral clinic in the North East of Scotland until 2014. Kevin then moved to the University of Lincoln to undertake a 1-year project researching a novel anti-anxiety medication for dogs. kevin reminaed at Lincoln completing a 5-year post combining a residency in veterinary behavioural medicine and PhD research characterising frustration in dogs. Kevin has recently become a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, and defended his PhD thesis on canine frustration. In January 2021, Kevin joined the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies as a Lecturer in Clinical Animal Behaviour where he teaches on the MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour on-line programme as well undergraduate veterinary students. Kevin runs a companion animal behaviour referral clinic within the Hospital for Small Animals.


Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Glasgow (2005)
Postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, University of Southampton (2011)
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, AFHEA (2019)
Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine (2021)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Lincoln (2021)
Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist, CCAB (2021)

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

RCVS and EBVS Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine


MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour (on-line)

BVM&S Final year selected rotation (Behaviour and welfare)


Education/Academic qualification

Animal behaviour, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Characterisation and management of frustration in the domestic dog, University of Lincoln

Dec 2015Nov 2020

Award Date: 17 May 2021

Postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, Postgraduate Diploma, University of Southampton

Sep 2009Jul 2011

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Glasgow

Oct 2000Jul 2005

Award Date: 2 Jul 2005

Veterinary behavioural medicine residency, Residency - European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine , University of Lincoln

Dec 2015Mar 2020

External positions

Academic sub-committee member, Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians (FABC)

Feb 2021 → …

Associate editor, Veterinary Record

Mar 2018Mar 2022

Committee member, European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology (ESVCE)

Sep 2017 → …

Committee member, British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA)

Apr 2012 → …


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