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Dr B Duncan Lascelles


Fellowship Board Election 2020 Vice-Chair candidate Dr B Duncan Lascelles Candidate 1 of 4



Professor Andrea Nolan, Professor Eithne Comerford


Candidate Biography

I obtained my BVSc (honors) from Bristol and then completed a PhD in aspects of pre-emptive analgesia, followed by a surgical residency at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellowship in Oncological Surgery at Colorado State University, U.S.A.

I am currently Professor in Small Animal Surgery and Pain Management at North Carolina State University, U.S.A., where I perform clinical service, teaching and research. I am board-certified in small animal surgery by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the European and American Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. 

My research program (Translational Research in Pain [TRiP]) is dedicated to answering critical questions about pain control and pain mechanisms through high quality, innovative research.   My work is aimed at improving pain control in companion animals, and facilitating analgesic development in human medicine. I have authored over 200 peer reviewed research papers and reviews, 250 research abstracts, as well as over 30 book chapters.

I hold leadership positions in several academic centers, the WSAVA Global Pain Council, and the International Association of Pain. I am a member of the Playmakers Repertory Company Advisory Council, reflecting my interest in the performing arts, and I enjoy traveling and hiking with my wife, Stuart, and landscape photography.


Candidate Statement

It was an immense personal honor to be recognized by the RCVS as a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2019, and I am keen to participate more fully in the activities of the RCVS Fellowship.

I wish to play a role in promoting excellence within the veterinary profession, and hence I’m applying for the Vice-Chair of the Board position. My background, experience and expertise are well suited to support and drive forward all three of the aims of the Fellowship outlined in 2018. In particular, I am ideally-suited to contribute towards ‘promoting scientific excellence and translating the latest scientific research and knowledge into veterinary practice’. The Fellowship should foster a closer relationship between academia and clinical practice, and encourage engagement of practitioners in the creation of knowledge to advance the profession. I am also passionate about contributing towards ‘engaging with the general public to raise awareness and further understanding of veterinary science, and its importance to everyone’. This is particularly important with the growing number of portals of non-veterinary animal health information the public has access to.

I have known the Chair, Professor John Innes, for a long time. I know we would be able to work well together, with open and candid communication. As an individual, I am fully committed to actively promoting inclusivity and diversity in our profession, and I would bring this to the role of Vice-Chair.

I am based overseas, but I do not see this as a barrier to being fully committed and involved. Indeed, being outside the UK has provided me with a perspective that has clearly shown me the value of the RCVS and the fellowship.

I would relish the opportunity to be part of the team leading the Fellowship forward, as the preeminent learned veterinary society globally. 

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