After completing the pre-clinical years of my veterinary training at the University of Liverpool, I studied at the Royal Veterinary College for one year and obtained an intercalated BSc in Veterinary Pathology. I then returned to Liverpool to complete my clinical training, and graduated as a vet in summer 2010. Following this, I spent just under 3 years working in a busy practice in Leicestershire doing a mixture of small animal and farm work, before starting at the University of Nottingham in May 2013.
Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (DVM/S) in Exotic and Zoo Animal Medicine – a split role conducting research at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and clinical zoo veterinary training at Twycross Zoo
School Research Theme:
Veterinary Clinical Research
An Investigation into Cardiovascular Disease in Captive Great Apes
Summary of Research:
It has been predicted that the four species of great ape (Chimpanzee, Gorilla, Orangutan and Bonobo) will be extinct in the wild in the next 20 years, and so the role of captive populations are gaining in importance. Captive animals serve as ambassadors for their species in raising funds and awareness, and as a potential source for repopulation, thereby providing insurance against extinction. Any threat to the health and welfare of these captive animals therefore, is of concern not only for the individual or zoological collection affected but more widely, for the future breeding and conservation of these endangered animals.
One such threat is cardiovascular disease, which is often reported as a significant cause of death among captive great apes and is likely to increase in importance with an ageing captive population. However, very little is known about the epidemiology or pathophysiology of the condition, and this has implications for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. My research, therefore, strives to investigate and further understand cardiovascular disease in captive great apes, thereby aiding in the overall aim of reducing mortality and improving ape cardiac health.
For more information visit http://www.twycrosszoo.org/ape-heart-project.aspx
Prof Malcolm Cobb
Primary Funding Source:
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science