Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Maddy is a PhD student within the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group. Her PhD is entitled "Degenerative mitral valve disease in dogs attending UK practices" and is part of the VetCompass surveillance project.
Maddy graduated from the RVC BVetMed course in 2006. She then spent five years working in companion animal veterinary practice before returning to the RVC to undertake an MSc in veterinary epidemiology.
Upon completion of her MSc in 2012, Maddy worked as a research assistant at the RVC on an EFSA funded project: "Data collection to characterise the impact of canine leishmaniosis and modelling of the role of animals in spreading Leishmania infantum within the European Union".
In May 2013, she started her PhD on degenerative mitral valve disease in dogs, funded by Petplan Charitable Trust and supervised by Dr Dave Brodbelt, Professor Adrian Boswood and Professor David Church (http://www.rvc.ac.uk/VetCompass/research-projects/degenerative-mitral-valve-disease-dogs.cfm).
Maddy's main interests are companion animal epidemiology and evidence based medicine. She has previously undertaken research projects on canine diabetes mellitus and canine leishmaniosis.
She is currently undertaking a PhD on the epidemiology of degenerative mitral valve disease in dogs, which is part of VetCompass, the RVC led research project that collects clinical data from primary-care veterinary practices (www.rvc.ac.uk/VetCompass).
Maddy has assisted with BVedMed teaching sessions including an outbreak investigation and research skills sessions (statistics review, literature searching and referencing).
She has lectured and facilitated group work on the BSc BioVetSci and BScVN undergraduate degree courses.
She has provided statistical advice to individual final year students undertaking BVetMed research projects.
Vet Compass Project Type: Dog
This project aims to document the prevalence of degenerative mitral valve disease in dogs, evaluate the survival characteristics of affected animals and determine the prognostic value of clinical measurements and biomarker blood tests.
Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System: VetCompass is the RVC's companion animal disease surveillance initiative which analyses clinical data from first-opinion small animal and equine veterinary practices, in order to better understand the conditions affecting the nation’s pets. VetCompass studies are specifically designed to contribute towards long-term improvements in companion animal health and welfare.