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Eleanor Raffan


Professional history

Dr Eleanor Raffan is a European and RCVS Specialist in small animal medicine.  Having spent time in first opinion practice and specialist training at the vet schools in Liverpool and Cambridge, Eleanor now divides her time between clinical practice and research. 

Eleanor runs the QVSH obesity referral service.  She has a clinical and research interest in managing obesity cases and uses her broad medical training to consider patients’ problems in the round and will work alongside referring vets and other QVSH teams to get each dog the best care. 

Special interests

Eleanor’s research focusses on how genetics influence individual dogs’ predisposition to obesity.  Some breeds are obesity-prone and Eleanor has shown this is most commonly down to how they behave around food.  Eleanor’s research informs her clinical practice and she provides a practical, problem-solving and compassionate (to dogs and owners) approach to weight management.

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