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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Laura Owen

Laura Owen

Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery


Laura graduated from the University of Bristol in 2001. After a three year period in first opinion practice, she completed a rotating Internship at the Royal Veterinary College, London, followed by a Small Animal Surgical Residency at the University of Bristol. She moved to the University of Cambridge in 2009 and obtained the ECVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2010. She is currently a Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery, working within the soft tissue team.

Subject groups/Research projects

Comparative Pathobiology:

Research Interests

Laura is a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, with a particular interest in urology, wound management & reconstructive surgery, and minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and interventional radiology.

Laura’s clinical research area is in urology, in particular the use of urodynamics to predict outcome following incontinence surgery in dogs and laser ablation of ectopic ureters.


  • urodynamics
  • thoracoscopy
  • urology
  • laparoscopy

Key Publications

  • Owen LJ (in press) Peritoneo-pericardial herniorraphy. Complications in Small Animal Surgery: Diagnosis, Management and Prevention. Ed Lipowitz and Caywood.
  • Warland J, Brioschi V, Owen L, Dobson J (2014) Canine Mast Cell Tumours – Update/Review. Veterinary Times
  • Owen LJ (2013) Surgical Drains. Feline Soft Tissue and General Surgery. Ed Langley-Hobbs, Ladlow and Demetriou.
  • Rousset N, Abbondati E, Posch B, Owen LJ and Herrtage M (2011) Unilateral hydronephrosis and hydroureter secondary to ureteric atresia, and uterus unicornis in a young terrier. Journal of Small Animal Practice. 52 (8) 441-444
  • Owen LJ, Gines AJ, Knowles TG and Holt PE (2009) Efficacy of adhesive incise drapes in preventing bacterial contamination of clean canine surgical wounds. Veterinary Surgery. 38 (6) 732-737
  • Parsons KP, Owen LJ, Lee K, Tivers M and Gregory SP (2009) A retrospective study of surgically treated cases of septic peritonitis in the cat (2000-2007). Journal of Small Animal Practice. 50 (10) 518-524
  • Owen LJ, Hotston Moore A, Holt PE (2009) Vacuum-assisted wound closure following urine-induced skin and thigh muscle necrosis in a cat. Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. (5) 417-421