Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Jennifer is currently working as a post-doctoral research assistant on projects within the VetCompass Companion Animal Surveillance Group.

After graduating from the RVC in 2005 with a BVetMed degree, I spent 2 years in general practice before returning to the RVC/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to study for a Masters degree in Veterinary Epidemiology.  

I then completed my PhD (entitled 'The effectiveness of antimicrobials for treatment of canine pyoderma in the UK') within the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group through a BBSRC CASE studentship with industrial support from Zoetis.  A substantial part of this time was spent on continuing development of VetCompass (  This ongoing, nationwide project aims to establish an invaluable source of baseline pet data for UK disease surveillance purposes through the routine capture of first opinion clinical data via electronic patient records held within computerised practice management systems.

I am currently employed as a post-doctoral research assistant within the VetCompass Group, working on particular studies as well as aspects of general project development. 

SUMMERS, J.F. (2014) . The Effectiveness of Antimicrobials for Treatment of Canine Pyoderma in the UK. PhD Thesis, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Companion animal epidemiology

Evidence-based medicine

Systematic review

The effectiveness of systemic antimicrobial treatment in canine superficial and deep pyoderma: a systematic review. Summers JF, Brodbelt DC, Forsythe PJ, Loeffler A, Hendricks A. Veterinary Dermatology. 2012 Aug; 23(4):305-29, e61. (Epub 2012 Jun 27)

Primary care veterinary usage of systemic glucocorticoids in cats and dogs in three UK practices. O'Neill D, Hendricks A, Summers J, Brodbelt D. Journal of Small Animal Practice. 2012 Apr; 53(4):217-22.

Prevalence of perinuclear antineutrophilic cytoplasmic autoantibodies in serum of healthy Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers in the United Kingdom. Wieland B, Summers JF, Häsler B, Mancho-Alonso C, Craig A, Allenspach K. American Journal of Veterinary Research. 2012 Mar; 73(3):404-8.

Getting priorities straight: risk assessment and decision-making in the improvement of inherited disorders in pedigree dogs. Collins LM, Asher L, Summers J, McGreevy P. Veterinary Journal. 2011 Aug; 189(2):147-54. (Epub 2011 Jul 13).

Inherited defects in pedigree dogs. Part 2: Disorders that are not related to breed standards. Summers JF, Diesel G, Asher L, McGreevy PD, Collins LM. Veterinary Journal. 2010 Jan; 183(1):39-45. (Epub 2009 Dec)

Inherited defects in pedigree dogs. Part 1: disorders related to breed standards. Asher L, Diesel G, Summers JF, McGreevy PD, Collins LM. Veterinary Journal. 2009 Dec; 182(3):402-11.

Lectures and practical sessions within the ‘Research Methods’ module of the RVC Veterinary Nursing BSC course: ‘How to write up a research project’ and ‘Introduction to PowerPoint presentations’

Facilitation of 4th year BVetMed ‘Research Skills’ module sessions, including: literature searching, referencing and use of EndNote software, study conduct, statistics review and introduction to evidence-based veterinary medicine.

Facilitation of MVetMed course sessions: critical appraisal of research papers

Guest speaker within the 3rd year Immunology and Epidemiology degree module of the BSc Animal Science & Management Degree programme based at Wiltshire College, and linked to the Royal Agricultural College

Supervisory responsibility for MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and final year BVetMed students undertaking research projects using data collected via the VetCompass project.

Provision of statistical advice to individual students undertaking final year BVetMed research projects.

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