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

  • 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 ...
  • Studies on ovine polioencephalomalacia 

    Morgan, Kevin Thomas. (The University of Edinburgh, 1975)
    Polioencephalomalacia (PE), also known as Cerebro- cortical Necrosis, is a neurological disease of several ruminant species including sheep and cattle, which is diagnosed on the basis of characteristic brain lesions. Prior ...
  • Aspects of bone quality in the broiler chicken 

    Williams, Beverley Gail (The University of Edinburgh, 2000)
  • Contributions to the development and morphology of the mammalian hind-brain 

    Bradley, Orlando Charnock (The University of Edinburgh, 1905)
  • Food preparation behaviour of babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) 

    Ito, Masaaki; Macdonald, Alastair A.; Leus, Kristin; Atmaja, I Dewa Gede Agung; Balik, I Wayan (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, 2017-04-30)
    Food preparation behaviour of sand-contaminated food articles by two zoo-based Sulawesi babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) was observed and recorded as video imaging data at Bali Zoo, Indonesia during an observation period ...
  • Bahasa Sehari-hari Penduduk Nusaweleh (Seram utara, Maluku, Indonesia) 

    Macdonald, Alastair A. (Edinburgh : Alastair A. Macdonald, 2015)
    This is a published list of words of the Nusaweleh people on Seram, Maluku, Indonesia. The list comprises five parts: 1) Title page and front pages, 2) Words of the Nusaweleh people with Indonesian and then English ...
  • Walter Kaudern's geographical distribution of Babirusa, 1920 

    Macdonald, Alastair A.; Johansson, Friederike (IUCN/SSC Specialist Groups for Wild Pigs (WPSG), Peccaries (PSG), and Hippos (HSG)., 2017-01)
    This extract (pp. 5361) of a typed manuscript held at Göteborgs Naturhistoriska Museum (GNM Arkivnr 608) has been translated from German into English; editorial insertions to the text have been indicated by square ...
  • Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) on Buru island 

    Tjiu, Bing; Macdonald, Alastair A. (2016-10-01)
    The first description of Babirusa on the [Indonesian] island of Buru may be found in a letter written in 1584 by Fr. Bernardino Ferrari describing the wildlife on Buru. In his own words: ‘È l’isola del Burro molto fertile ...
  • Early Chinese awareness of the 'horned' pig (genus Babyrousa) 

    Macdonald, Alastair A. (IUCN/SSC Specialist Groups for Wild Pigs (WPSG), Peccaries (PSG), and Hippos (HSG)., 2017-01)
    The adult male Babirusa (Babyrousa spp.) is recognised as a very unusual wild pig (Macdonald 2008). It is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and some neighbouring islands. The extent of its range has been ...
  • First observations on Moluccan Babirusa (Babyrousa babirussa). A translation from a recently rediscovered 1770 book that describes the Babirusa on Buru Island 

    Meijaard, Emily Mae; Meijaard, Erik; Leus, Kristin; Macdonald, Alastair A. (IUCN/SSC Specialist Groups for Wild Pigs (WPSG), Peccaries (PSG), and Hippos (HSG), 2016-10-01)
    Surprisingly little is known about the Moluccan Babirusa Babyrousa babirussa despite the fact that this animal was first described by Europeans in 1582 (Macdonald et al., 2016). Most of the research on the biology of the ...
  • A blue plaque in Edinburgh to commemorate John Barlow 

    Warwick, Colin M.; Macdonald, Alastair A. (2016)
    On the 14 September 2015 a blue plaque was unveiled at 1 Pilrig Street, Edinburgh in honour of John Barlow, who was Assistant professor of Anatomy and Physiology at the Royal Veterinary College, Edinburgh (as William Dick's ...

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