School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Zoe Belshaw



C01, Gateway


I graduated from the University of Cambridge as a veterinary surgeon in 2003 having attained a BA in Zoology in 2000. I then went into general practice as a veterinary surgeon for a year before completing a small animal internship in 2005. After 2 further years in small animal practice I returned to the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge as a Hills’ Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Small Animal Internal Medicine where I was enrolled in my European Diploma of Small Animal Medicine and completed my RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. On completing the SCTS I joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Nottingham as a Clinical Lecturer in 2009 and completed my European Diploma to become a European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine in 2011. In 2012 I was awarded 4 years funding through the BBSRC’s Doctoral Training Partnership to complete a full time PhD.

Degree Registration:

BBSRC DTP PhD, due for completion in September 2016

School Research Theme:

Population Health and Welfare

Research Topic:

Welfare assessment in geriatric dogs

Summary of Research:

Quality of life is a term often used in small animal practice but it is poorly defined and hard to assess clinically. This research aims to examine quality of life tools available in small animal practice, and to look at the unanswered questions in canine arthritis with a view to developing and validating a tool for use by owners of arthritic dogs and their vets. 

Research Supervisors:

Dr Rachel Dean and Professor Malcolm Cobb

Primary Funding Source:



  • Taylor  SS, Dodkin S, Papasouliotis K, Evans H, Graham PA, Belshaw Z, Westberg S, von Euler HP (2012) Serum thymidine kinase activity in clinically healthy and diseased cats: a potential biomarker for lymphoma Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 15(2): 142-147
  • Harcourt-Brown TR, Belshaw Z, Parker JE, Jeffery NJ, Granger N (2011) Effects of syringomyelia on electrodiagnostic test results in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels American Journal of Veterinary Research 72: 595-600
  • Belshaw Z, Constantio-Casas F, Brearley M, Dunning M, Holmes M and Dobson J (2010) COX-2 expression and outcome in canine nasal carcinomas treated with hypofractionated radiotherapy Veterinary and Comparative Oncology 9: 141-148
  • Brown G, Belshaw Z (2010) Wikivet: Supporting innovation in learning and teaching in veterinary education International Journal of Web Based Communities Special Edition 6 (2): 183-196
  • Belshaw Z, Bacon NJ, Foale RD, Mannion PM, Reuter R (2005) Pancreatic mixed acinar endocrine carcinoma in a dog Veterinary and Comparative Oncology 3: 145-148
  • Day MJ, Henderson SM, Belshaw Z, Bacon NJ (2004) An immunohistochemical investigation of 18 cases of feline nasal lymphoma Journal of Comparative Pathology 130: 152-16

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
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Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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