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Prof Joanna S Price BSc BVSc PhD MRCVS


A portrait image of Joanna Price

Jo graduated with a BVSc from the University of Bristol in 1983, having also intercalated in Anatomical Science.

After two years working in equine practice in Berkshire, she worked as a small animal vet in Singapore, travelled in South East Asia and worked as a small animal and equine locum, before returning to equine practice.

However, academia beckoned and after working as a lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy at Bristol, she studied for a PhD at the University of Sheffield on deer antler regeneration, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Her subsequent Wellcome-funded postdoctoral research on bone’s adaptation to mechanical loading was carried out at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She then continued with her research on antler regeneration at University College London, having been awarded a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship.

Alongside her more fundamental research, Jo for many years also worked on equine musculoskeletal diseases having a particular interest in biomarkers and fracture prevention. 

In 2000 Jo finally got a ‘proper' job, returning to the RVC as a senior lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy. Jo was appointed as Professor and Head of the RVC‘s Veterinary Basic Science Department in 2005, before moving to Bristol in 2009 to become Head of School.

The last five years have seen the School go through a period of significant change and renewal, which includes development of a new BVSc curriculum. The demands of the ‘day job‘ means that Jo‘s research now focuses on the mechanisms by which bone responds to its mechanical environment, in particular the role of sex steroids and the effect of ageing. 

Outside of academic life, Jo’s interests are horse riding (one day eventing), skiing, and sailing (when her back permits!).


Council Member category

  • Appointed (University of Bristol): 2010 - 2015


Committee membership

  • Education Committee


Declaration of Interests







Appointments to other bodies

  •  Homes for Horses - Chairman of Trustees

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • British Equine Veterinary Association

  • British Show Jumping Association

  • British Eventing

  • Event Horse Owners Association

  • Member of the Welsh Animal Health and Welfare Strategy Board

  • Governor Bridgewater College, Somerset

  • Governor Brymore School, Somerset



  • 1983 - 1988 Veterinary Surgeon in equine & small animal practice in Berkshire, London and Singapore
  • 1988 - 1990 Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy, University of Bristol
  • 1990 - 1994 Wellcome Veterinary Training Scholar, University of Sheffield
  • 1994 - 1996 Wellcome Veterinary Training Fellow, Royal Veterinary College
  • 1996 - 2000 Wellcome Research Career Development Fellow, Department of Medicine, University College London
  • 2000 - 2005 Senior Lecturer, Royal Veterinary College, London
  • 2005 - 2009 Professor of Veterinary Anatomy, Department of Veterinary Basic Sciences, Royal Veterinary College
  • Oct 2009 - Head of Veterinary School & Head of Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • BSc Veterinary Anatomy (Bristol)
  • BVSc (Bristol)
  • PhD (Sheffield)

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

Husband: Professor Lance Lanyon, MRCVS; employee of RVC; on Board of Trustees of Animal Health Trust; previous member of RCVS Council.

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