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After initially qualifying and practising as a lawyer, I completed my BVSc at Massey University in 2003. Following graduation I spent 2 years in clinical veterinary practice in New Zealand before returning to Massey to complete a residency in veterinary pathology and masters in 2007. During this time I also worked as a diagnostic laboratory pathologist for NZVP. I completed my PhD in 2013 and have been a lecturer in pathology (both clinical and anatomic) within the Pathobiology group at IVABS since November 2011. My doctoral research identified a new and fatal inherited disease (now known as “FALPS”) in British shorthair cats which causes lymphocyte proliferation and various autoimmune abnormalities. Recent research (2016) has identified the causative genetic defect of FALPS and the development of a genetic test to identify carriers of the disease, which is now available to cat breeders and owners through Massey University. My current research interests include FALPS as well as diseases of cats and dogs more generally, particularly feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) and lymphoma.
Genetic diseases in cats
Feline autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (FALPS)
Injection site sarcomas in cats
Lymphoproliferative diseases and lymphoma in companion animals
The role of genetic factors in the development of cancer in companion animals.
Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Veterinary Pathology (070709): Veterinary Sciences (070700)
Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology I - 227.311 - Haeamtology
Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology II - 227.411 - Course co-ordinator and pathology of the hepatobiliary and reporductive systems
Veterinary Clinics - 227.511 - Necropsy rotation roster leader and varouis tutorials (lymph node and fluids cytology, skin tumours)