Dr Geoff Culshaw (BVMS PhD DVC MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology)

Head of Cardiology Service, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Cardiopulmonary Medicine


An RCVS specialist in Veterinary Cardiology since 2011, Geoff  publishes regularly his clinical and lab-based cardiovascular research in both veterinary and basic science journals, and has frequently presented his work on national and international stages.  He graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1994, and, after 11 years in general practice, he joined us  in 2005, and obtained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2008.  He is currently Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Cardiopulmonary Medicine, and a Clinical Research Associate of The Roslin Institute.

Geoff spends half of his time managing dogs and cats referred to the Cardiopulmonary Service, and performing interventional procedures.  The rest of his time is spent teaching undergraduate students, training residents and conducting research into canine mitral valve disease (MMVD) and cardiovascular risk in dogs.  He recently completed a PhD at the renowned Queen’s Medical Research Institute, where he continues to work on salt balance and regulation of blood pressure in diabetes (funded by Kidney Research UK).  

Away from work, Geoff enjoys cycling, running and playing the guitar, none of which he is any good at.



Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVMS, University of Glasgow)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, University of Edinburgh)

Professional Qualifications

Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology (DVC, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons)

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology


Research summary

  • The relationship between renal handling of salt in early diabetes mellitus and regulation of blood pressure
  • Molecular mechanisms in canine myxomatous mitral valve disease
  • Inheritance and genetics of cardiac accessory pathways in UK Labrador retrievers
  • Endothelial dysfunction in dogs in naturally occurring risk factors for metabolic syndrome

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