Our team of animal health and welfare specialists at Bristol Veterinary School, led by Dr Jo Murrell.
Jo Murrell is a veterinary surgeon who specialises in anaesthesia and pain management. She divides her time at work between clinical work (anaesthetising cats and dogs for surgery), teaching undergraduate veterinary students and veterinary nursing students, and research. Jo has a long track record in carrying out clinical research relating to pain management in cats and dogs and is passionate about promoting best practice in analgesia provision for companion animals.
Mike Mendl is a biologist who is particularly interested in studying the behaviour of animals and gaining insights into their mental processes, including how they learn and remember, and whether and how we can measure their experience of emotions, pleasure and pain. He has been researching animal behaviour for 30 years, with a view to using his research findings to improve animal welfare, and he also teaches animal behaviour and welfare to undergraduates and postgraduate students, including vets.
Toby Knowles is a general scientist whose work has been targeted at improving the welfare of all animals. His interests are wide ranging, working to improve the welfare and wellbeing of companion animals, such as dogs and cats.
Becky Whay is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare and Behaviour. Becky has been working at the Vet School, researching clinical problems that cause pain in animals, for the past 14 years. She specialises in assessing and managing lameness related conditions, and has her own elderly spaniel, Daisy Mae, so knows first hand what it is like to care for a dog with osteoarthritis.
Kevin Parsons is a veterinary surgeon who specialises in small animal orthopaedics. He works for Langford Veterinary Services within the University of Bristol’s small animal referral teaching hospital where he spends all of his time treating clinical orthopaedic cases. He particularly enjoys working with veterinary anaesthetists and physiotherapists to improve the quality of life for patients suffering with painful arthritis.
James Hunt is a Veterinary Surgeon who now devotes his time to researching pain management in dogs and cats. James qualified as a vet in 1998, and worked in general veterinary practice whilst undertaking further exams in anaesthesia and pain management. In 2011 he undertook a masters degree at Bristol University, and has written several articles on pain management in dogs and cats.
Megan Goff is the Research Technician on the Bristol Dog Arthritis Study working alongside James Hunt and helping with the day to day running of the project. Megan graduated with an equine degree in 2012 and went on to spend a year in America assisting with exercise physiology and nutritional research in Thoroughbred horses. Megan's interest in research has led to her Bristol where she hopes to complete a Masters degree and develop her understanding of chronic pain in dogs.