The Division of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences was formed on 1st March 2004 by combining the Departments of Preclinical Veterinary Sciences and Veterinary Pathology making it one of three divisions within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The Division of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences has a strong research record and is particularly active in the areas of neuroscience and studies at the single cell level, with many programmes cutting across these two major areas. Research is very well supported by external funds and there are numerous collaborative projects with other departments in the Faculty and University and with colleagues abroad

Recent Submissions

  • Clyde Street 1833-1841: The veterinary teaching and learning environment 

    Macdonald, Alastair A (Veterinary History Society, 2020)
    The teaching environment of the veterinary school in Clyde Street, Edinburgh, in the 1830s, comprised many different components for each of the students who attended. It is obviously not possible to describe them all, but ...
  • The 1853 portrait of William Dick and the undelivered letters 

    Macdonald, Alastair A; St. Leger, Alicia; Warwick, Colin M. (Veterinary History Society, 2021)
    Readers of this journal will oft have been made aware of the curious links between serendipity and our increased awareness of veterinary history. We briefly present here yet another example.
  • A wee blether with Mary Dick 

    Macdonald, Alastair A; Warwick, Colin M. (Veterinary History Society, 2019-02)
    The following article has been adapted from the one first published in the March 2018 edition of iScot magazine (pp20-29). The authors have edited it by adding one additional figure, and by supplying endnotes and references.
  • A wee blether with Mary Dick 

    Macdonald, Alastair A; Warwick, Colin M. (2018-03)
    Article published in the iScot magazine about Mary Dick - the sister of the founder of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
  • The Edinburgh Veterinary Medical Society’s library: Appendices 

    Warwick, Colin M.; Macdonald, Alastair A (2021)
    List of books and other materials belonging to the Edinburgh Veterinary Medical Society ca. 1850-70.
  • Whispers in Edinburgh: Horse sculptures with veterinary connections 

    Macdonald, Alastair A; Forrest, Jill; Warwick, Colin M. (Veterinary History Society, 2021)
    The equestrian statues of civic Edinburgh are on prominent display in the town. Visitors to the city can easily find the bronze statue of the iron Duke of Wellington (Fig. I A) outside Register house at the east end of ...
  • Fact Check 9: Women Livestock Keepers 

    MacVicar, Isla (2020-10-15)
    Fact Check 9: Women Livestock Keepers. The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) series, Livestock Fact Check, investigates the provenance of popular livestock related facts. The objective is to ensure robust, up-to-date and ...
  • Transcript of an Inventory of Preparations in The Veterinary Museum, 1834 

    Johnston, W. T. (2002-07-18)
    Inventory of Anatomical Preparations and specimens illustrative of the healthy structure and morbid anatomy of the Horse and other Domestic Animals, prepared and collected by Mr Dick, and now the property of the Highland ...
  • Exploring the landscape of livestock ‘Facts’ 

    Salmon, Gareth; MacLeod, M; Claxton, J.R.; Pica Ciamarra, U; Robinson, T; Duncan, A; Peters, A. R. (Elsevier, 2019)
    The role of livestock in supporting human well-being is contentious, with different perceptions leading to polarised opinions. There is increasing concern about the health and environmental impacts of a high rate ...
  • Livestock Fact Check: Investigating Popular Facts to Inform Discussions and Decisions (Poster) 

    Salmon, Gareth (2018-09-10)
    Livestock facts, relating to economy, society and environment, are regularly used in academic and popular forum discussions, and can guide decisions. However, fact origins, calculations and context are often not recognised ...
  • Fact Check 8: Livestock Yield Gaps 

    Salmon, Gareth (2018)
    To what extent can livestock productivity be improved?
  • Fact Check 6: Livestock Disease Production Burdens 

    Salmon, Gareth (2018)
    Does disease cause the preventable death of one in four young ruminants and one in ten mature ruminants each year?
  • Fact Check 7: Livestock Multi-functionality 

    Salmon, Gareth (2018)
    How significant are the various roles and functions of livestock in Low to Middle Income Countries?
  • Fact Check 5: Livestock and Climate Change 

    Salmon, Gareth (2018)
    Livestock’s negative environmental impact, particularly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, is a hot topic of discussion amongst scientists, journalists and activists. As reported, livestock production contributes 14.5% to ...
  • Central neuropathology and clinicopathological correlates in equine grass sickness 

    Hahn, Caroline Nora (The University of Edinburgh, 2000)
    Equine Grass Sickness has traditionally been known as a dysautonomia, principally affecting parasympathetic neurons in the enteric nervous system. Studies of central neuropathology have been cursory and conflicting, ...
  • Fact Check 4: Livestock Disease Eradication 

    Salmon, Gareth (2018)
    Fact Check 4: Livestock Disease Eradication The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) series, Livestock Fact Check, investigates the provenance of popular livestock related facts. The objective is to ensure robust, up-to-date ...
  • Fact Check 3: Livestock and Zoonotic Disease 

    Salmon, Gareth (2018)
    Fact Check 3: Livestock and Zoonotic Disease The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) series, Livestock Fact Check, investigates the provenance of popular livestock related facts. The objective is to ensure robust, ...
  • Fact Check 2: Livestock and Economy 

    Salmon, Gareth (2018)
    Fact Check 2: Livestock and Economy The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) series, Livestock Fact Check, investigates the provenance of popular livestock related facts. The objective is to ensure robust, up-to-date and ...
  • Fact Check 1: Livestock and Livelihoods 

    Salmon, Gareth (2018)
    Fact Check 1: Livestock and Livelihoods The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) series, Livestock Fact Check, investigates the provenance of popular livestock related facts. The objective is to ensure robust, up-to-date ...
  • Observations on the immune responses of sheep infected with Cytoecetes phagocytophila 

    Woldehiwet, Zerai (The University of Edinburgh, 1981)
    Humoral and cell-mediated immune responses of sheep infected with Cytoecetes phagocytophila, the causative agent of tick-borne fever, were studied. Previous immunological studies were hampered by lack of reliable sources ...

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