Dynatra Subasinghe graduated as a veterinarian from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. She followed this with a Post Graduate Diploma in Toxicology from Royal Melbourne institute of Technology, Australia and an MSc in Toxicology form the Asian institute of Technology, Thailand. She then went on to complete her PhD at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge in a vascular drug discovery project. Keen to continue practicing as a veterinarian, during her PhD she undertook further training in veterinary medicine and surgery in several practices in the UK. After successfully completing the MRCVS examination she obtained membership of the RCVS. After which, She returned to Sri Lanka and worked in both private and charity sector small animal practice for several years. During this period, she was involved in teaching small animal medicine and surgery to both Sri Lankan and international veterinary students. In her role as a veterinarian in the charity sector she worked and researched extensively in to rabies control and humane dog population control under one health. She also coordinated responsible pet ownership education programs via the media and through public and school education programs. Subsequently she joined the University of Colombo as a Senior Lecturer and taught as a visiting lecturer in several Sri Lankan state universities. Subsequently she returned to the UK and undertook several years of small animal general practice and joined the University of Surrey Vet School in 2018 as a Teaching Fellow in Small Animal Practice. Her interest in antimicrobial stewardship and pedagogy grew as she worked in practice and as an academic/veterinarian with a wider background in pharmacology, toxicology and drug discovery. At the University of Surrey while teaching small animal practice, she is undertaking research in to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) due to veterinary practice. Including preventative medicine and pedagogy to reduce AMR development in future practice related activities.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences representative for Student Experience subcommittee
- Undergraduate Student Tutor
Dynatra has a broad range of research interests within Small Animal General Practice and Pedagogy. Currently her main research interest is in minimising antimicrobial use in small animal practice. Given her background in small animal practice, toxicology and pharmacology, she is keen to explore alternative therapies and preventative care in small animal practice, in order to minimise antimicrobial use. She is currently working on the application of antimicrobial stewardship principles in veterinary practice in several countries. Her pedagogical research work includes exploring innovative teaching techniques for clinical practice teaching with an emphasis on antimicrobial stewardship in practice. She is active in supervising student research projects and in engaging veterinary practitioners in clinical research.
As Teaching Fellow in Small Animal Practice, Dynatra will engage with and contribute to all levels of the curriculum. She will be involved in coordinating selected BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course modules. To ensure the effective delivery of small animal practice and shelter medicine teaching throughout the course.