Department of Veterinary Preclinical Sciences

The Department of Veterinary Preclinical Sciences consists of academics with wide-ranging interests in veterinary pre-clinical disciplines including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and endocrinology. Our multidisciplinary approach in teaching and research allows us to concentrate on the biological and biomedical sciences that underlie the practice of veterinary medicine.

About us

Academics in this department contribute to teaching in the first three years of the curriculum, with a special emphasis on structure-function relationships in body systems. Current research expertise in the department focuses on the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems.

We have ongoing projects on biomarkers of chronic and inflammatory diseases of joints, the cellular physiology and pharmacology of articular cartilage, cardiac arrhythmogenicity and calcium signalling. Many of these projects are in collaboration with other schools at the University of Surrey, UK and international institutions and our veterinary partners.

    Meet the team

    Head of department

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    Dr Kamalan Jeevaratnam

    Head of Department of Veterinary Pre-Clinical Sciences & Programme Director BVMSci

    Department members

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    Dr Rebecca Lewis

    Lecturer in Physiology

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    Dr Giovanna Nalesso

    Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Biology

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    Helen Quasnichka

    Research Fellow (Cartilage Biology)

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    Dr Ioannis Smyrnias

    Lecturer in Molecular Sciences

    Additional staff

    • Dr Emma Budd
    • Dr Charlotte Edling

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