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Dr Benedict Duncan Lascelles

Benedict Duncan Lascelles
  • Location: USA
  • Year of Fellowship: 2019
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Knowledge

Field of work

Universities and colleges

Areas of special interest

  • Pain
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Oncological surgery

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • International issues
  • One Health Agenda
  • Public engagement
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • 2011-present: Professor, Small Animal Surgery and Pain Management; Director, Comparative Pain Research & Education Center, and the Translational Research in Pain Program - North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, USA


  • July 2017: AVMA-Winn Feline Research Award
  • March 2012: NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Pfizer Excellence in Research Award
  • Sept 2010: Cheray and Luther Hodges White Coat of Excellence Award
  • July 2009: World Small Animal Congress Hills’ Pet Mobility Award for Excellence in Veterinary Medicine and contributions to preserving pet mobility
  • May 2009: Legends of Collaboration Award, Kansas State University (joint award with Dr Mark Papich), ‘In recognition of excellence in clinical pharmacology in collaboration with Dr Mark G Papich’


After graduating from the veterinary programme at the University of Bristol with honours in 1991, Dr Lascelles continued his studies at the University completing a PhD in aspects of pre-emptive/perioperative analgesia.

After an internship, he completed his surgical residency at the University of Cambridge. He moved to Colorado for the Fellowship in Oncological Surgery at Colorado State University. He is currently Professor in Small Animal Surgery and Pain Management at North Carolina State University.

He is board-certified in small animal surgery by the RCVS, the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is director of the Comparative Pain Research and Education Centre (CPREC). His research program (Translational Research in Pain [TRiP]) is dedicated to answering critical questions about pain control and pain mechanisms through high quality, innovative research.

His career has been focused on developing algometry methods (methods to measure pain) in spontaneous disease animal models (pets with naturally occurring disease), and probing tissues from well-phenotyped animals with spontaneous disease to understand the neurobiology, with a strong translational focus.

The aim of his research is to improve pain control in companion animals, and facilitate analgesic development in human medicine. He has authored over 180 peer reviewed research papers, 190 research abstracts, and 30 book chapters.

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