Dr Clare Rusbridge

BVMS PhD DipECVN MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Canine Chiari & Syringomyelia ReseachDr Clare Rusbridge 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 was 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 Clare joined Fitzpatrick Referrals and the University of Surrey where she is continuing her clinical and research work. 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. Clare is a member of the British Syringomyelia Group and is a frequently invited international lecturer in the veterinary and human medicine fields and has authored or co-authored many journal articles and book chapters, and acts as a reviewer for a number of journals.