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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Comparative medicine, particularly in cancer, genetic diseases and orthopaedics, combines our strengths in clinical oncology, medicine and surgery with our expertise in the molecular genetics of animal species.  Through strategic collaborations with the Sanger Institute, the Cancer Research UK Institute and Division of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in Cambridge, researchers are exploring opportunities to understand the genetic basis for many naturally occurring cancers and other diseases of domestic animals.  The aim of this research is to drive translational breakthroughs through our internationally recognized oncology referral practice and our other clinical units.

Comparative medicine has always been a strong driver for research in the hospital. The accurate phenotypic characterisation of disease comprises the core of the research output and this has lead to deeper understanding of the pathobiology of natural diseases. This increased knowledge has also led to, and will continue to generate, improved methods of diagnosis and management of patients as well as the identification of new and emerging diseases.

Postgraduate student
Professor of Small Animal Surgery
 Lisa  Alves
Clinical Neurologist
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pathology
Dr Jackie  Brearley
Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia
Director of studies for Veterinary Medicine at Lucy Cavendish College
Academic Lead in the Pauline Brown Clinical Skills Centre
University Pathologist
Postgraduate student
Reader in Veterinary Clinical Oncology
Principal Clinical Neurologist
European & RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
Teaching Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Professor John  Gibson
Professor in Pathophysiology
Professor Michael  Herrtage
Emeritus Professor of Small Animal Medicine
Dr Nicky  Holdstock
Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine & Reproduction
European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
Fellow; Director of Studies & Veterinary Clinical Supervisor - Clare College
Director of Studies & Veterinary Pre-Clinical & Clinical Supervisor - Jesus College
Associate Professor in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
Dr Nai-Chieh  Liu
Clinical Research Fellow
Clinical Veterinarian and Affiliated Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine
Dr Elizabeth  Murchison
Professor of Comparative Oncology and Genetics
Senior lecturer in Small Animal Surgery
Dr Gareth  Pearce
Associate Professor in Farm Animal Health and Production
Fellow & Director of Studies in Pre-clinical and Clinical Veterinary Medicine
Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow
Associate Lecturer
Senior Research Associate
Official Fellow, Girton College
Postgraduate student
Associate Professor in Molecular Pathology
Director of Graduate Education
Chair, Training Committee, BBSRC Cambridge Bioscience DTP and SBS Cambridge Bioscience DTP
Director of Research
Dr Penny  Watson
Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine
Medicine clinician, ECVIM Programme Director and resident supervisor in the Queen’s Veterinary School hospital
Director of Studies in Clinical Veterinary Medicine Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Dr Tim  Williams
Associate Professor in Clinical Pathology
Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine (Fitzwilliam College)
Professor Alun  Williams
Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology
Director of Studies in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (Gonville & Caius College)