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Dr Geoffrey Culshaw

Geoffrey Culshaw
  • Location: Roslin
  • Year of Fellowship: 2022
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Clinical practice

Field of work

Veterinary schools

Areas of special interest

  • Cardiology
  • Renal physiology
  • Cardiovascular risk in diabetes

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • One Health Agenda
  • Professional mentoring
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Chair of Veterinary Cardiovascular Society, UK


Geoff graduated from Glasgow vet school in 1994. He obtained the RCVS certificate in veterinary cardiology in 2000 during an 11-year stint in mixed and small animal practice. In 2005, he joined the R(D)SVS and is currently senior lecturer and head of the cardiology service. He gained the RCVS Diploma in veterinary cardiology in 2005 and is an RCVS recognised specialist. In 2018, Geoff completed a part-time PhD on salt and blood pressure regulation in diabetes, funded by Kidney Research UK, at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute. His post-doctoral research targets renal sodium transporter expression and activity in diabetes in order to reduce cardiovascular risk.
Geoff is also a clinical research associate of the Roslin Institute. He has published on the molecular basis to myxomatous mitral valve disease, and factors involved in cardiovascular risk such as cortisol metabolism, heart rate variability and circadian variation in heart rate.
On the clinic, Geoff is an accomplished cardiac interventionalist. He performs and trains residents in procedures such as transvascular PDA occlusion, balloon valvuloplasty, pacemaker implantation and transvenous electrocardioversion of atrial fibrillation. He also led the team that performed the first successful radiofrequency ablation in the dog in the UK, back in 2008.
Geoff enjoys teaching pre-clinical and clinical undergraduate students, and shows how to apply physiology in order to diagnose and manage clinical disease.

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