Lecturer Clare Rusbridge

Professor Clare Rusbridge


EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Clare Rusbridge graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991 and following an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and general practice in Cambridgeshire, she completed a BSAVA/Petsavers Residency and was Staff Clinician in Neurology at the Royal Veterinary College. Aged 26 years, she became the youngest ever Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 1996, and a RCVS Specialist in 1999. Her professional interests include epilepsy, neuropathic pain, inherited diseases, and rehabilitation following spinal injury. For 16 years she operated a neurology and neurosurgery referral service at the Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in Wimbledon. Treating animals with painful and/or distressing inherited disease drives her research to find a better way of diagnosing, treating and preventing these conditions. For over two decades she investigated Chiari-like malformation and Syringomyelia in her ‘spare’ time which eventually culminated in a PhD awarded from Utrecht University in 2007. Motivated by improving her clinical, research and teaching opportunities, Clare joined Fitzpatrick Referrals and the University of Surrey in 2013. She was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for her meritorious contribution to knowledge in 2016 and awarded a Professorship of Veterinary Neurology in 2018. Clare has authored or co-authored over 160 scientific articles and book chapters and co-edited a medical textbook on human syringomyelia. She is a popular invited speaker in 5 continents.  In April 2022 Clare will move her clinical practice to Wear Referrals in Country Durham whilst retaining her professorship at the University of Surrey.