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Mrs Kelly Bowlt Blacklock

Kelly Bowlt Blacklock
  • Location: Midlothian
  • Year of Fellowship: 2022
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Clinical practice

Field of work

Universities and colleges

Areas of special interest

  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Oncological surgery
  • Melanoma

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • Innovation in professional practice
  • International issues
  • One Health Agenda
  • Professional mentoring
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Public engagement
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Research Fellow, Patton Group, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh


Kelly graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and after 18 months in small animal general practice, completed a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College and a three-year ECVS approved residency programme in the Small Animal Surgery at the University of Bristol. Kelly joined the Animal Health Trust in 2011 and was awarded a PhD from the University of Liverpool for studies into the genetics of metastasis in canine cancer. In 2019, Kelly returned to the R(D)SVS as a senior lecturer in Small Animal Surgery, where she is involved in the clinical service, teaching, and research into the genetic basic and functional aspects of canine cancers. She is a Research Fellow at the Patton Lab in the Institute of Genetics and Cancer, where she studies metastasis of canine oral melanoma.

Kelly is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. She works within the soft tissue surgical service, providing cutting-edge specialist surgical care for small animals, and has a particular interest in surgical oncology. She provides tuition of small animal surgical theory and practice to veterinary undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a mentor of other staff on the Edinburgh Teaching Award.

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