Department: Clinical Science and Services
Research Groups: Brain Health and Behaviour
Research Centres: RVC Animal Welfare Science and Ethics
Sarah is a research assistant for the RVC canine epilpesy research team. Primarily, Sarah is involved in the Idiopathic Epilepsy and Anxiety Study (IDEAS), looking into the relationship between epilepsy and anxiety using behavioural tasks and physiological measures. As well as assisting with various other projects.
Sarah graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Following this Sarah undertook a Clinical Behaviour Training Residency and a Masters by Research both at Bristol University. During this time she also helped on a variety of research projects within Bristol's Animal Welfare and Behaviour group. Before coming to RVC in 2017, Sarah worked at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home as a Canine Behaviourist and Training Advisor.
Sarah's MSc by Research looked into an association between abnormal repetitive behaviours and learning ability in dogs, using a reversal learning task.
At RVC Sarah is working with the Canine Epilepsy Research team. She is working primarily on the IDEAS project, looking into an association between idiopathic epilepsy and anxiety, using behavioural and physiological measures.
Sarah assisted with clinical behaviour teaching and practicals at the University of Bristol, on the Animal Behaviour and Welfare BSc, Veterinary Nursing BSc and Veterinary Sciences BVSc courses
IDEAS (Idiopathic Epilepsy and Anxiety Study) - Investigating the relationship between epilepsy, drug-resistance and affective disorders in the domestic dog
IDEAS aims to investigate how environment, diet, genetics and other factors affect the development of epilepsy and anxiety, and how they may be linked in dogs with epilepsy. This study will improve our knowledge and ability to diagnose epilepsy and develop treatments for dogs with epilepsy. We aim to increase quality of life for both dogs with epilepsy and their owners. To do this we are specifically recruiting German Shepherd and Border Collies as both breeds are popular in the UK and have a breed predisposition for drug-resistant epilepsy.
The Big Brainy Border Collie Study: Investigating brain structure, function and behaviour In Border Collies with and without Idiopathic Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a complex brain disease seen in both humans and dogs. Subtle differences in brain anatomy, electrical activity in the brain, and day to day behaviour are found between people with epilepsy and people with normal brain development. We are interested in exploring these differences between Border Collies with and without epilepsy, and if they may mimic differences seen in human epilepsy cases.