RVC researchers dedicated to cardiovascular metabolism seek to understand the ways in which an animal's health and disease is affected by the biology of the vascular and cardiac system.

Vascular cell biology is a particular focus, with RVC academics working on human and animal endothelial cells, leukocytes and platelets, and mechanisms of vascular cell-cell communication.

The research is relevant to the following diseases:

  • Endothelial dysfunction
  • Insulin resistance
  • Inflammation
  • Dysregulated angiogenesis including atherosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cancer

Clinical research in this area includes:

  • Investigating endothelial function/dysfunction in dogs
  • Mitral valve disease in dogs
  • The prevalence of heart disease in cat
  • Identifying biomarkers for heart disease in dogs and cats
  • Feline cardiomyopathy
  • Feline hypertension
  • Chronic kidney disease.

People in this Research Group

Professor Dan Chan

Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Nutrition
+44 (0)1707 666333

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Group, Hawkshead

Dr Alex McSloy

Lecturer in Large Animal Internal Medicine and Food Animal Production Medicine
01707 666 297

Farm Animal Health and Production Group, Hawkshead

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