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The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital



Director of Small Animal Medical Services

Personal profile

Nick Bexfield is Director of Small Animal Medical Services where he has clinical responsibility for small animal medicine cases, and management responsibilities for the Medical Services. He also has responsibility for the Junior and Senior Clinical Training programmes within the Department.

Nick graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and following four years in primary care practice, completed a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Cambridge. He gained both the RCVS and European Diplomas in Small Animal Medicine in 2006, and is a European and RCVS Specialist. After his residency he remained at Cambridge as a medicine clinician before undertaking a Wellcome Trust funded PhD in viral discovery. He moved to the University of Nottingham in 2013 where he was Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology for four years.

Nick has a strong interest in veterinary education, including assessment methods and novel and innovative ways of delivery. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education from the Queen’s Medical School, University of Nottingham, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Nick is a member of the ECVIM internal medicine examinations committee, and was a previous Chair of the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine examination committee. He was a member of the BSAVA Congress Scientific Committee for several years and Chair between 2014 and 2017.

Special Interests

His areas of clinical and research interest are primarily in gastrointestinal and hepatic diseases.

Recent Publications

Bayton WA, Westgarth C, Scase T, Price D, Bexfield N. Histopathological frequency of feline hepatobiliary disease in the UK. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2018 Jan 10 doi: 10.1111/jsap12810 [Epub ahead of print].

Coia ME, Hammond G, Chan D, Drees R, Walker D, Murtagh K, Stone J, Bexfield N, Reeve L and Helm J. Retrospective Evaluation of Thoracic Computed Tomography Findings in Dogs Naturally Infected by Angiostrongylus Vasorum. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 2017 Apr 20. doi: 10.1111/vru.12505. [Epub ahead of print].

Bexfield N. Canine idiopathic chronic hepatitis. Review. Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice 2017;47(3):645-663.

McElroy A, Hiraide R, Bexfield N, et al. Detection of Hepatitis E Virus Antibodies in Dogs in the United Kingdom. PLoS ONE 2015;10(6): e0128703. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128703.