Dr Sharmini Julita Paramasivam

Associate Professor

Academic and research departments

School of Veterinary Medicine.



Sharmini graduated from University Putra Malaysia with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine ,after which she worked at a first opinion and referral companion animal hospital. She received the Douglas Houghton Memorial Fund Fellowship in 2009 to pursue her MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. The focus of her MSc research was the use of natural environmental enrichment to improve monkey well-being and as a rehabilitation tool. Upon completion, she took on the position as a veterinarian as well as enrichment program coordinator for International Animal Rescue (UK) based in Indonesia. Subsequently she, became their Head Veterinarian and was in charge of all medical and surgical care of wild animals kept at the centre. During this time, she gained significant field experience in medical and surgical procedures particularly involving slow lorises and macaques. She was also in charge of training new veterinarians in the team and established clinical protocols relevant in the field. Sharmini was directly in charge of the organisations human-animal conflict project and actively engaged in human monkey interaction research whilst working for the organisation. In 2013, she returned to Malaysia and joined the PAWS animal shelter where she was the lead locum veterinarian managing the daily veterinary care at the shelter including the spay clinic. She was also the clinical supervisor for year 1 and 2 Veterinary students doing their placements at the shelter. Sharmini was also invited as a guest lecturer on the Veterinary course and lectured on applied animal behaviour and responsible animal breeding at University Putra Malaysia.

Sharmini has a special interest in animal behaviour and conflict mitigation for wildlife in addition to zoonosis research. In 2013 she established a human-animal conflict project called The Animal Neighbours Project. The project aims to mitigate human-monkey conflict using research and awareness. Sharmini is currently, the Project Director of The Animal Neighbours Project and is actively involved in the behaviour research component. Since moving to the UK in 2015, Sharmini was an Associate Tutor for the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey where she assisted with Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Skills teaching. She delivered several lectures on animal behaviour in the first year. She subsequently took on a full time position as a Teaching Fellow (Veterinary Training Coordinator).

Research interests

Sharmini is actively involved in The Animal Neighbours project which aims to tackle human animal conflict through research and awareness. The research is done along the One Health concept studying zoonotic diseases as well as behaviour interaction between humans and animals.


Sharmini teaches years 1-4 in the BVMSci programme. Her teaching focus is on animal behaviour, animal welfare, zoological medicine, clinical medicine and human animal interaction. Sharmini also teaches the BioVeterinary students on emotional health and animal behaviour. 

Departmental duties

Section lead, Clinical and Behavioural Sciences section.


Sharmini invites individuals interested to participate in the Animal Neighbours Project to contact her.



Paramasivam, S. J., 2008. Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis response to physical restraint in Green Iguanas (Iguana iguana).

Paramasivam, S. J., 2010. Effects of environmental enrichment on species-typical behaviours in rehabilitating Long tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis).