Dr Susan K. Armstrong (M.Sci BVMS PhD CertAVP MRCVS)

Lecturer in Equine Practice


Susan qualified from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 2008 and also has a first class Honours M.Sci degree in Parasitology, from the University of Glasgow (2001). On graduation Susan undertook an equine surgical and medical internship at Fethard Equine Hospital, Coolmore, Ireland and moved on to a residency in Equine Internal Medicine at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia in 2010. Susan returned to Scotland in 2014 with her son, Ritchie, and joined the University of Edinburgh team combining practical work in equine veterinary medicine, initially as a Locum Lecturer in the Dick Vet Equine Practice, with her strong interest in research as she undertook her PhD investigating urinary extracellular vesicles in human and companion animals with chronic renal disease, which she was awarded in 2021. In the same year she also achieved her RCVS certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.  Having previously worked within both contract research organisations and the pharmaceutical industry, Susan is now bringing together all her clinical, research and industry experience to develop clinically relevant and improved translational biomarkers for companion animal diseases with a focus on microRNAs, inflammatory markers and point-of-care monitors of use for detecting hepatic, renal, pancreatic and ocular disease. 



Research summary

Developing biomarkers and translational diagnostics with a focus on miRs, ocular inflammatory markers and point-of-care/ point-of-need monitors with a view to bringing them to market under the umbrella of miRVETlab.com of which I am a co-founder.