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Prof Joanna Dukes McEwan

Joanna Dukes McEwan
  • Location: Cheshire
  • Year of Fellowship: 2017
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Clinical practice

Field of work

Veterinary schools

Areas of special interest

  • Small Animal Cardiology
  • Echocardiography
  • Genetics

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • One Health Agenda
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Professor of Veterinary Cardiology, Department of Small Animal Clinical Science, Institute of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool.


  • BSAVA Blaine award (2008) for meritorious contributions to cardiology and veterinary education.


Jo is Professor of Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Liverpool, and heads the cardiology service.

She was a graduate from Glasgow in 1986, remained as a house physician for a year following graduation and returned after some time in mixed practice as a resident. She gained her RCVS certificate in small animal cardiology in 1989, and her Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 1992, becoming an RCVS Specialist in 1994.

She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Companion Animals (ECVIM-CA) (Cardiology) by examination in 2003. She gained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1999, for studies into Newfoundland dog familial dilated cardiomyopathy, which was followed by a British Heart Foundation post-doctoral fellowship attempting to elucidate the genetics of the condition by linkage analysis (unsuccessfully).

Jo’s main activities currently are clinical cardiology, veterinary undergraduate teaching, residency-training with an active programme with three cardiology residents preparing towards the ECVIM-CA Cardiology Diploma. Most of her research time is clinical cardiology research with a number of publications from the cardiology service. She still has strong research interests in echocardiography, especially of myocardial diseases and genetics of cardiovascular diseases.

Jo is Chair of the cardiology specialty of ECVIM-CA (from 2018) and a member of the executive board of ECVIM-CA.

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