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Dr Jane Dobson

Jane Dobson

Reader in Veterinary Oncology

Graduated of the Royal Veterinary College and stayed on in London to work firstly a surgical houseman and then registrar at the Beaumont Hospital (RVC). Having developed an interest in cancer during this time took the opportunity to study comparative oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London.

In 1984, moved to Cambridge as research assistant working on a CRC funded project to develop hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer, this post involved working both at the Vet School and the Clinical Oncology & Radiotherapy Unit (CORU) at Addenbrookes. The project eventually lead to the degree of DVetMed by thesis from the University of London in 1989. After 3 years in CORU, appointed as University Lecturer in Veterinary Oncology and developed as a clinical specialist in this field, teaching both students and post-­graduates through scholarly articles, chapters in books and delivery of CPD.

For many years I have contributed to the advancement of veterinary oncology through original applied clinical research, attracting grants and publishing in internationally recognized peer reviewed veterinary journals on epidemiology, breed-­
related cancers, clinical diagnostics and therapeutics. She has trained some of the leading Veterinary Oncologists in the UK. Has sat on a number of grant awarding bodies, and BSAVA committees, including Chairing BSAVA Scientific Committee for several years. Received BSAVA Woodrow award in 1994, became Diplomate of ECVIM-­CA, Internal Medicine in 1997, received
BSAVA Blaine award in 2001. Founding Diplomate in the subspeciality of Oncology in ECVIM, 2004 and founding member of the European Radiation Oncology Education & Credentials Committee, 2013. RCVS recognized specialist in Veterinary Oncology.
Currently University Reader in Veterinary Oncology, University of Cambridge. Main interests are in anti-­cancer chemotherapy, radiotherapy and research into breed associated tumours in dogs. Co‐author of Small Animal Oncology, co-­editor of 2nd & 3rd
edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Oncology and author of over 70 peer reviewed publications.


Through all this I think I have maintained a healthy work-­life balance. I am passionate about animals, have two dogs, one cat and look after 3 horses and with my husband, also a vet, have raised 2 daughters, who are now both at Vet School!