Department: Clinical Science and Services
Research Groups: CPCS (Research Programme)
Clinical Groups: Small Animal Internal Medicine
David is Deputy Principal and acting Vice Principal Clinical Affairs at the Royal Veterinary College. He is an internationally recognised specialist in disorders of the endocrine system in dogs and cats. David’s current research interests include the underlying mechanism for the development and resolution of diabetes mellitus and the use of clinical data collected from general veterinary practices to enhance understanding and consequently improve both the health and welfare of animals and translational medicine opportunities.
David obtained his veterinary degree from The University of Sydney and after graduation and a short spell in practice he was appointed as a small animal clinical instructor at The University of Sydney and then enrolled in a PhD programme in the Faculty of Medicine looking at various aspects of the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus.
After completing his PhD, David was appointed as a member of faculty in small animal medicine at The University of Sydney rising to become Hospital Director of The University Veterinary Centre.
In 2001 David was appointed Chair of Small Animal Studies at the Royal Veterinary College and head of the newly formed Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Over the next 8 years the department grew to be one of the largest and most successful clinical departments in the world with substantial research grant funding and an outstanding reputation for clinical excellence.
David is currently Deputy Principal and Acting Vice Principal Clinical Affairs. Despite his heavy administrative load, David maintains a keen interest in small animal medicine generally and endocrinology in particular. His current research interests include insulin resistance states in diabetes mellitus and the use of ‘big data’ from general practice for managing animal health and welfare.
David is the author of over 150 scientific articles, numerous book chapters, is joint editor of the highly successful textbook “Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology” now in its second edition and the soon to be released textbook entitled “Logical Approach to Clinical Problem Solving.”
He has had an ongoing interest in relevant continuing education for practitioners and in particular the value of the problem-oriented approach to small animal medicine.
David's current research interests include insulin resistance states in diabetes mellitus, optimising management strategies in canine hyperadrenocorticism and the use of ‘big data’ from general practice for managing animal health and welfare.
Borgeat, K; Niessen, S J M; Wilkie, L J; Harrington, N; Church, D B; Fuentes, V L; Connolly, D J.
Time spent with cats is never wasted: Lessons learned from feline acromegalic cardiomyopathy, a naturally occurring animal model of the human disease.
PLoS One, 13;3:e0194342. (2018)
O'Neill, D G; Baral, L; Church, D B; Brodbelt, D C; Packer, R M A.
Demography and disorders of the French Bulldog population under primary veterinary care in the UK in 2013.
Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 5;3 (2018)
Harris, G L; Brodbelt, D; Church, D; Humm, K R; McGreevy, P D; Thomson, P C; O'Neill, D.
Epidemiology, clinical management, and outcomes of dogs involved in road traffic accidents in the United Kingdom (2009–2014).
JOURNAL OF VETERINARY EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE, 28;2:140-148. (2018)
Anderson, K L; O’Neill, D G; Brodbelt, D C; Church, D B; Meeson, R L; Sargan, D; Summers, J F; Zulch, H; Collins, L M.
Prevalence, duration and risk factors for appendicular osteoarthritis in a UK dog population under primary veterinary care.
Scientific Reports (Nature), 85641. (2018)
David also has an ongoing interest in relevant continuing education for practitioners and in particular the value of the problem-oriented approach to small animal medicine.
David has worked for many years as a specialist in all aspects of internal medicine of dogs and cats and has particular interest and expertise in clincial endocrinnology. He has published extensively on many areas of canine and feline internal medicine although he is perhaps most well known for his work in feline diabetes mellitus and canine adrenal disorders.
This research characterised and quantified antimicrobial use in cats and dogs attending a large group of UK veterinary practices, in order to establish companion animal antimicrobial prescribing behaviour.
Vet Compass Project Type: Dog
This project explored the frequency of disorders recorded in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Chow Chows attending primary-care veterinary practices in the UK. The project also looked at the feasibility of linking Kennel Club pedigree data with VetCompass data.
Dogs Trust Canine Welfare Grant Project: Evidence-Based Prioritisation of Canine Inherited Diseases (Complete)
Vet Compass Project Type: Dog
This study aims to create an evidence-based prioritisation list of inherited health disorders to underpin reforms of canine health and welfare.
Funded by BSAVA PetSavers, this project aims to evaluate major risk factors for development of urinary incontinence in bitches. In particular, it will explore the association between neutering and age at time of neutering with onset of early incontinence.
The project will provide relevant and reliable evidence that can support a more universal approach from veterinary surgeons and provide advice to dog owners regarding neutering.
Epidemiology of Disorders Reported in Cats and Dogs Attending General Practice in England (Complete)
This project reports on the most common disorders of dogs and cats attending veterinary practice in the UK, their longevity and mortality, and risk factors for chronic kidney disease in dogs.
This study aims to identify and promote effective antimicrobial stewardship interventions in UK first-opinion companion animal practice. Our objectives are to benchmark current antimicrobial usage in dogs and cats, develop and implement a range of antimicrobial stewardship interventions, evaluate the impact of these interventions, and promote widespread adoption of the most effective interventions across the UK.
Funded by the Petplan Charitable Trust, this project aims to identify and promote effective and practical antimicrobial stewardship interventions for widespread adoption in veterinary practice.
Vet Compass Project Type: Dog
This project, funded by Dechra, aims to determine better methods for the earlier detection and monitoring of hyperadrenocorticism in dogs. More effective diagnosis and monitoring may result in improved quality of life.
The study aims to develop innovative statistical approaches to veterinary electronic patient records to evaluate the effectiveness of clinical interventions in dogs.
This project aims to develop and apply novel causal inference methods that evaluate real world interventions via routinely collected veterinary EPRs. These methods will be applied to VetCompass data to provide real world inference for some key interventions.
VetCompass is a welfare-focussed epidemiological research project that shares anonymised clinical data from veterinary practices to investigate the frequency and nature of companion animal health problems.
Modern veterinary medicine has access to increasingly effective tools for diagnosis and treatment; yet many animals still continue to suffer from disorders that might be reduced or avoided if risks were better understood and measured.