Clare is a council member of the Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding
, the neurology expert for the Feline Advisory Bureau Feline
, an Honorary Friend of the Ann Conroy Trust
(British Syringomyelia and Chiari Society)and Life Patron of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of the Rand South Africa. In 2011 she has been honoured by the veterinary profession, receiving BSAVA JA Wight (aka James Herriot)
Memorial Award for Animal Welfare for her work with CKCS society with respect to Syringomyelia. Career
Clare graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991 and following an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and general practice in Cambridgeshire, she completed a BSAVA/Petsavers Residency and then became Staff Clinician in Neurology at the Royal Veterinary College. She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 1996 and a RCVS Specialist in 1999.
In 2007 she was awarded a PhD from Utrecht University for her thesis on Chiari-like malformation & Syringomyelia - a painful disease occurring in some toy breed dogs. For 16 years she operated a neurology and neurosurgery referral service at the Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in Wimbledon.
In September 2013 she joined Fitzpatrick Referrals and the University of Surrey where the ethos and the state of the art facilities allows her to take her clinical and research work to the next level. Her professional interests include neuropathic pain, inherited diseases, epilepsy and rehabilitation following spinal injury.
She treats many animals with painful and/or distressing inherited disease which motivates her research aiming to find a better way of diagnosing, treating and preventing these conditions.
In 2011 she was awarded the J. A. Wright (a.k.a. James Herriot) Memorial Award by The Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity for her work with the Cavalier King Charles spaniel society with regard to syringomyelia. She has written over 50 scientific papers, contributed to several veterinary textbooks and has edited a medical textbook on syringomyelia