Prof Elspeth Milne

Personal Chair of Veterinary Clinical Pathology


Elspeth Milne graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1979 and after a spell in practice undertook a PhD at Edinburgh in clinical pathology of sheep. She then spent three years as a small animal resident at the R(D)SVS before moving to equine medicine where she was a clinician from 1986 to 1996. In 1996 she joined the Scottish Agricultural College Veterinary Services in Dumfries where she became Centre Manager. She returned to the R(D)SVS in 2002 and was appointed as  Head of Veterinary Pathology in 2004. 

In 1997, she was awarded an FRCVS for studies on equine dysautonomia, in 2002 she became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology and in 2011 a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. She has a Personal Chair in Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European recognised specialist in veterinary clinical pathology. She contributes to development of clinical pathology internationally through the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, is examiner in Veterinary Clinical Pathology for the Royal College of Pathologists and is on the editorial board of the journal Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 

Her main research interests are in clinical pathology including haematology, clinical biochemistry, biomarkers and cytology. She also has a long standing interest in equine pathology, particularly equine dysautonomia (grass sickness) and diseases of red squirrels.


Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

European recognised specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised specialist in Veterinary Pathology (Clinical Pathology)


Collaborative Activity

Member of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP) Executive Committee (2010-2016)

Secretary of the ECVCP (2014-2016)

Member of the Examination Committee, ECVCP (2007-2017)

Chair of the Cytology Examination Subcommittee, ECVCP (2007-2010 and 2012-2013)

Examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists (2012-present)


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh A study of selected isoenzymes in sheep Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, FRCPath Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, DipECVCP Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, FRCVS


Area of Expertise

Research expertiseveterinary clinical pathology

Responsibilities & affiliations

Head of Veterinary Pathology

Member of the School Management Group

Member of the Centre for Comparative Pathology Executive Committee

Member of the School GM Biological Safety Committee

Member of the School Bioimaging Committee

Member of the School Career support Committee

Chair of the Easter Bush Pathology Management Committee

Chair of 3 resident Progression Committees

Postgraduate teaching

Year GEP

Professional and Clinical skills GEP: haematology practical classes


Year 3

Veterinary Pathology: Clinical pathology lectures, cytology practical classes


Year 4

Professional and clinical skills 4: Cytology practical classes, haematology practical classes, clinical biochemistry practical classes


Year 5

Final year rotations: Clinical pathology case interpretation classes, practical haematology and cytology slide reading classes, haematology tutorials


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