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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Barbara Skelly

Research Interests

I am interested in the molecular genetics of inherited diseases of the dog and cat including inherited metabolic defects, endocrinopathies and cardiomyopathies. Recently I have been working on hyperparathyroidism in the keeshond and am interested in the molecular basis of primary epilepsy in the keeshond dog and other dog breeds. Epilepsy in the keeshond is being investigated using genome-wide association analysis in collaboration with the Animal Health Trust. I also have an interest in clinical immunology particularly the management of immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia and would like to investigate comparative treatment regimens for this disease.


  • Immunology
  • Endocrinopathies
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Calcium
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Keeshond
  • Genetics

Key Publications

Systematic review of evidence relating to the treatment of immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia in dogs. Swann JW, Skelly BJ. J Vet Intern Med 27 (1):1-9 2013.

Evaluation of immunosuppressive regimens for immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia: a retrospective study with 42 dogs. Swann JW, Skelly BJ. J Small Anim Pract 52 (7):353-358 2011.

Risk of vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs. Hubbard K, Skelly BJ, Mckelvie J, Wood JL. Vet Rec 161 (22):755-757 2007.

Mutations in genes causing human familial isolated hyperparathyroidism do not account for hyperparathyroidism in keeshond dogs. Skelly BJ, Franklin RJM. Vet J 174 (3) 652-654 2007.