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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Last week we celebrated the retirement of our much-loved colleague Joy Archer.  Her career highlights are a testament to her passion, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of knowledge. Joy's journey began with a deep curiosity for the sciences, leading her to study food chemistry, nutrition, biochemistry, and dietetics. This early academic foundation set the stage for a career that would span over four decades and encompass a wide range of scientific disciplines. From her tenure at Argonne labs in radiation biochemistry to her impactful work in human clinical chemistry, Joy's versatility and willingness to tackle complex challenges have been evident throughout her career.

Her transition into veterinary medicine later in life marked a pivotal moment, as she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 as a veterinarian, seamlessly integrating her background in laboratory science with her newfound expertise. Pursuing a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Joy forged a path that redefined the boundaries of veterinary medicine, leaving an enduring legacy in the field.

Her influence extends globally, with significant contributions made on both sides of the Atlantic. Since 1996, Joy has been an invaluable asset to the Clinical Pathology departments at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the University of Cambridge. Beyond her research and diagnostic prowess, Joy's impact as a mentor and leader in the field is immeasurable. As a founding member and former president of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP), she has played a pivotal role in shaping the future of the discipline, training numerous specialists and inspiring generations of scientists and veterinarians. As Joy embarks on a new chapter in her life, her legacy will continue to inspire and guide future generations of professionals in the field of veterinary clinical pathology.

Joy Said "I cannot emphasize enough that I have enjoyed and appreciated my time here and my interactions with colleagues and students more than at any other academic institution that I have worked or studied at."

We wish Joy best wishes for her future and hope she has more time to follow pursuits that make her happy, like spending more time in her garden and continuing learning languages.