Dr Claire Phillips

Senior Lecturer


Claire Phillips qualified as a veterinary surgeon with a BVM&S degree from the University of Edinburgh and became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1984. She spent 7 years in mixed and small animal general veterinary practice in Hertfordshire, Yorkshire and the West of Scotland before returning to Edinburgh where she gained her PhD in 1995. After a period back in veterinary practice she began lecturing in Veterinary Nursing in Dumfries and Galloway before being appointed Lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology at Edinburgh in 1999. after a period in emergency medcine practice she was appointed Veterinary Clinical Lecturer in Small Animal Practice in 2006 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009. She is a member of the Veterinary Medical Education Division at the Vet School, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was Director of Veterinary Admissions 2009-2014.

She has been Deputy Director of Veterinary Teaching since 2010, Director of Quality at the Vet School since 2014 and is a member of the University Court. Her interests are in the areas of anatomy, clinical skills, communication skills and curriculum development. Her research interests are in admissions and assessment.


Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh The influence of conformation and gait of the hindlimb on the aetiology of cranial cruciate ligament rupture in rottweilers and racing greyhounds

Professional Qualifications

Official Veterinarian Panel 2 Professional Certificate in University Teaching (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) Official Veterinary Surgeon

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseVeterinary Admissions, Communication Skills training, Quality Assurance and Enhancement


Responsibilities & affiliations

Vet School Director of Quality.

Deputy Director of Veterinary Teaching

Member of both College and Senate Quality Assurance Committees

Member of Vet UG Admissions committee. Management of vet UG Interview process both in Edinburgh and Overseas.

Undergraduate teaching


 Year 1

The Animal Body 1, Animal Life & Food Safety 1,Professional & Clinical Skills 1

 Year GEP

The Animal Body, Animal Life & Food Safety, Professional & Clinical Skills GEP

 Year 2

Animal Life & Food Safety 2, Student Research Component (Foundation Skills), Professional & Clinical Skills 2

 Year 3

 Professional & Clinical Skills 3, 

 Year 4

 Professional & Clinical Skills 4

 Year 5

 Final Year Rotations, Student Research Component

External teaching

Online Professional skills module - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons CertAVP

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