Karla is a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. She contributes to the provision of the referral soft tissue surgery service at the Queen Mother Hospital. She enjoys the challenge of combining her clinical work with research to advance the field of veterinary surgery and teaching to promote excellence in veterinary practice.
Karla graduated as a vet from the University of Cambridge in 1998. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to the UK in 1999 and won a Wellcome Trust Veterinary Prize Studentship to conduct a PhD, in which she investigated the role of the oestrogen receptor in the development of post-menopausal osteoporosis in women.
In 2003, Karla began a residency in small animal surgery at the Royal Veterinary College and she became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007. In 2006, Karla became a Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Cambridge, before returning to the Royal Veterinary College in 2008.
Karla has conducted research in the fields of basic science, clinical veterinary medicine and translational medicine. She has won international awards for her work to establish the role of the oestrogen receptor in the evolution of postmenopausal osteoporosis and for her work to define the response of the intrahepatic vasculature to surgical attenuation of congenital portosystemic shunts in dogs. She is currently investigating novel treatments for liver failure. This work is funded by the Medical Research Council and is being conducted in collaboration with the Medical School of University College London.
Karla lectures in the Alimentary Module of the BVetMed course and is Director of the Small Animal Surgery Rotation (incorporating soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery) for the final year BVetMed students. She contributes to the teaching of surgery residents studying for the ECVS diploma. During her time as a lecturer, she has co-edited a step-by-step guide to common procedures in small animal practice: Bexfield N & Lee K (2010) BSAVA Guide to Procedures in Small Animal Practice. BSAVA, Gloucester UK.
Karla is a member of the Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery team at the Royal Veterinary College. She is interested in all aspects of soft tissue surgery in cats and dogs, but is particularly excited by congenital portosystemic shunts, liver surgery and oncological surgery. She enjoys working with the critical care team to manage surgical cases requiring post-operative intensive care and is a member of the Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy team at the RVC.
Lee KCL, Winstanley A, House JV, Lipscomb V, Lamb C, Gregory S, Jalan R, Mookerjee RP, & Brockman DJ (2011) Association between hepatic histopathology and clinical findings in dogs undergoing attenuation of a congenital portosystemic shunt. J Am Vet Med Assoc 239:638–645.
Crawford AH, Halfacree ZJ, Lee KCL, Brockman DJ (2011) Clinical outcome following pneumonectomy for management of chronic pyothorax in four cats. J Feline Med Surg 13:762-767.
Lee K (2010) Patients Undergoing Soft Tissue Surgery. In: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Rehabilitation, Supportive and Palliative Care: Case Studies in Patient Management. Eds S Lindley & P Watson. BSAVA, Gloucester UK. Pp 131-167.
Lipscomb V, Lee KCL, Lamb C & Brockman DJ (2009). Association of mesenteric portovenographic findings with outcome in cats receiving surgical treatment for single congenital portosystemic shunts. J Am Vet Med Assoc 234:221-228.
Lee KCL, Lipscomb V, Lamb C, Gregory SP, Guitian J & Brockman DJ (2006) Association of portovenographic findings with outcome in dogs receiving surgical treatment for single congenital portosystemic shunts: 45 cases (2000–2004). J Am Vet Med Assoc 229:1122-1129.
Parsons KJ, Owen LJ, Lee K, Tivers MS & Gregory SP (2009) A retrospective study of surgically treated cases of septic peritonitis in the cat (2000–2007). J Small Anim Pract 50:518-524.
Langley-Hobbs SJ, Meeson RL, Hamilton MH, Radke H & Lee K (2009) Feline ilial fractures: a prospective study of dorsal plating and comparison with lateral plating. Vet Surg 38:334-42.
Mayhew PD, Lee KCL, Gregory SP & Brockman DJ (2006) Comparison of two surgical techniques for management of intramural ureteric ectopia in dogs: 36 cases (1994-2004). J Am Vet Med Assoc 229:389-393.
Lee KC & Lanyon LE (2004) Mechanical loading influences bone mass through estrogen receptor alpha. Exerc Sport Sci Rev 32:64-68.
Lee K, Jessop H, Suswillo R, Zaman G & Lanyon L (2003) Bone adaptation requires oestrogen receptor alpha. Nature 424:389.
Lee KCL & Kapatkin AS (2002) Positive intraoperative cultures and canine total hip replacement: risk factors, periprosthetic infection and surgical success. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 38:271-278.