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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor in Philosophy, University of Glasgow
The role of proteolipid protein in the Plp deficient mouse
Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Glasgow

Professional Qualifications

2017Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, SFHEA
2004Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal), DiplECVS
1996Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Surgery, CertSAS

Current Research Interests

Investigating novel therapeutic targets for animal cancer.


I am head of the Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery at Hospital for Small Animals, RDSVS and am a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery.  My role involves ensuring a high standard of clinical care to our patients and ensuring that we offer the most current and appopriate therapies.  My original research background was in myelin biology and dysmyelinating disorders.  I now focus on molecular oncology searching for new therapeutic targets in veterinary cancer and comparative aspects of emerging therapy between man and veterinary patients. I also have a variety of roles in undergraduate assessment and teaching.


Undergraduate teaching: 

Small animal soft tissue surgery (RDSVS)
Final year exam board chair (RDSVS)
Companion Animal Surgery external examiner (GUVS)
Postgraduate clinical teaching:
ECVS resident supervisor
CPD speaker (RDSVS)
CPD speaker: small animal surgery; surgical nursing (external)
BSAVA modular certificate teacher and assessor
CertAVP exam board chair (all subjects) (RDSVS)
Year 3 
Dog & Cat Course, Clinical Foundation Course  
Year 5 
Final Year Rotations, Student Selected Component 2  
Exam board chair for final year

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Surgery (small animal)

European Board of Veterinary Specialisation Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Administrative Roles

Head of Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery: ensuring high-quality clinical standards and co-ordinating between our referral, first opinion, oncology and interentional radiology services

Chair of LEARN working group: this involves managing and innovating the virtual learning environment to make it as accessible as possible and consistent for undergraduate students.

Research students

Julie Hamilton: current: 01/12/2012

Gura Bergkvist: past: 2007 to 2010

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