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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


John Parker

John Parker

Supervisor - Professor Robin Franklin

Paranodal Demyelination in Chronic Spinal Cord Compression


Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2007 with BSc (hons) in Zoology and BVSc (hons) in Veterinary Science. Completed a mixed-species veterinary internship at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital (QVSH), University of Cambridge. Awarded the first Wellcome Trust six-year Integrated Training Fellowship for Veterinarians in 2008. Undertook the first part of this programme, a residency in veterinary neurology, at the QVSH and achieved the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in September 2011. The second phase of the Fellowship, a Ph.D in neuroscience, began in January 2012 at the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge. The project is supervised by Professor Robin Franklin.

Subject groups/Research projects


Research Interests

The principle aim of the current research is to determine the pathogenesis of spinal cord dysfunction that results from mechanical compression of prolonged duration.

Key Publications

Prevalence of Asymptomatic Syringomyelia in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (2011), J. E. Parker, BSc, BVSc, MRCVS1, S. P. Knowler, BSc2, C. Rusbridge, BVMS, DECVN, MRCVS2, E. Noorman, DVM3 and N. D. Jeffery, BVSc, PhD, CertSAO, DECVS, DECVN, DSAS(ST), FRCVS1, Veterinary Record 168: 25 667