Veterinary clinical sciences research

We have a great many clinical specialists and vets from practice to deliver our clinical education. Many have joint appointments within our clinical partner practices. This group has vets from small animal, production animal, equine, and specialist areas such as oncology, theriogenology, neurology that extend beyond species boundaries.

Biomarkers of neoplasia

Cancer is a common disease in companion animals. Comparative oncology is the study of naturally developing cancers in animals as models for human disease. Spontaneous cancers in dogs and cats are an understudied group of naturally occurring malignancies that share many features with human cancers such as osteosarcoma, prostate and breast cancers, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, melanoma, soft tissue sarcoma, head and neck carcinoma, and virally induced lymphomas.

Youngstock health and production

Whilst the issues of lameness, mastitis, fertility and infectious disease are frequently at the forefront when we think about the key areas affecting the productivity of UK farms, the problems associated with youngstock management are frequently overlooked. Through a number of academic and commercial collaborations staff within the School of Veterinary Medicine are involved in projects examining ways of improving the health, welfare and productivity of calves in the UK.

Welfare and behaviour

Since animals cannot talk, they cannot tell us what hurts or why they are unhappy; over the past decade there has been a growing interest to include welfare and behaviour within veterinary education as we need to learn to understand animal behaviour in order to measure their welfare. The staff at the vet school aim to protect the welfare of all animals by developing welfare enhancing methodologies, by measuring the impact of these new methods and by disseminating this knowledge.

Veterinary biomechanics

Our Veterinary Biomechanics Laboratory collaborates with the Centre for Biomedical Engineering to study the biomechanics of different animal species in health and disease. Currently, we are studying the movement and posture of healthy canines and the biomechanics of physiotherapy and rehabilitation in horses.

Research projects


There is a huge owner and vet interest in animal nutrition and its effect not just on the health and welfare of their animals but also, from a farm perspective, an interest in how human and animal nutrition is so intrinsically linked. Here at Surrey, we fully embrace the fact that every system in the animal’s (and our) body is either directly or indirectly affected by nutrition; we see nutrition as part of preventative medicine. Our goal is to undertake studies which will underpin the understanding of how nutrition, health and performance are linked.

Clinical orthopaedics

Veterinary orthopaedics is rather like human orthopaedics - dominated by myths and legends. This area of veterinary medicine will benefit from an expanded evidence base. The clinical orthopaedics research theme will focus on assessing the efficacy of current practice in small animal orthopaedics.

Research projects

Clinical neurology

The clinical neurology group investigates a number of disorders with a focus on neuropathic pain, inherited diseases, conformation related neurological disease, epilepsy and rehabilitation following spinal injury. The group is headed by Prof Clare Rusbridge, Professor in Veterinary Neurology who is also Senior Neurologist at Wear Referrals Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Hospital. The group’s aim is to facilitate better diagnosis, treatment and prevention of these painful and/or distressing diseases.

Research projects