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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Joy Archer

Dr Joy Archer

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pathology

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337635


After gaining masters and PhD degrees in biochemistry followed by post doctoral research experience I spent many years doing laboratory and animal based medical research and teaching biochemistry to medical students. When I change to veterinary medicine I chose to specialise in clinical pathology and pathology as they are laboratory medicine based specialisms. Academic positions have involved teaching veterinary and graduate students, diagnostic services, laboratory management and clinical related research. During my time in Canada I was fortunate to become involved with many wild life projects, and was able to continue these interests at the Royal Veterinary College with exotic species pets and some zoo animals.

Subject groups/Research projects

Comparative Pathobiology:

Renal disease

Research Interests

I am an European specialist in veterinary clinical pathology and run the clinical pathology laboratory. As part of this we have a new initiative to bank spare samples for research. The specialism involves a combination of haematology, cytology, and biochemistry and endocrinology profile interpretations. In clinical pathology I am particularly interested in developing and validating new tests. Current ones include Flow cytometery for leukaemias lymphomas and other diseases, urine biomarkers for early renal disease and cardiac biomarkers.

As a fellow of the Royal College of pathologists I am interested in diagnostic histopathology particularly of laboratory animals and exotic species. I also am in tested in haematological changes where they can be evaluated using CBC, Bone marrow aspirate cytology and core biopsy histology with immunocytochemistry/ histology to obtain as complete a picture as possible to aid in diagnosis.

Clinical research interests are multifaceted and collaborative. Current studies include pancreatic disease, liver disease, heart disease and neoplasia.


  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Liver Disease