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Andrew Gardiner

Senior Lecturer

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Phone: +44 (0)131 650 8788

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Manchester
Small animal practice in British veterinary medicine
Master of Science, University of Manchester
The canine history of diabetes mellitus
Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Professional Qualifications

Diplomate (European Veterinary Specialist), European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (subspecialty Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law), Dip ECAWBM-AWSEL
RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery, Cert SAS


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.


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

Research outputs

  1. It shouldn’t happen to a veterinary profession: the evolving challenges of recruitment and retention in the UK

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debatepeer-review

  2. Prescription for a broad-spectrum veterinary profession

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

  3. Killing and caring: a historical perspective in veterinary medicine

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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Research activities & awards

  1. Association of Charity Vets

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. Edinburgh International Science Festival 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  3. Veterinary Medicine

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examiner or Assessor

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