Curriculum vitae

​Educational History

  • The University of Nottingham: May 2013 – August 2017​

  • The University of Liverpool: Sept. 2004 – July 2010

  • The Royal Veterinary College, London: Sept. 2007 – June 2008

Academic Achievements to Date

  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVetMed), December 2017: Pass

  • Associate Teachers Programme (ATP), July 2016: Pass

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc), July 2010: Pass with Distinction

  • Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Pathology, July 2008: First Class

Recent Employment History

  • Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Lecture/Senior Lecturer in Animal Science: February 2018 to present

  • Freelance scientific writing: April 2017 to present

  • The University of Nottingham (UoN), Student demonstrator and facilitator: May 2013 to present

  • The Park Veterinary Group, Leicester, Veterinary Surgeon: August 2010 to March 2017

Skills and Expertise

  • Lecture/classroom based teaching, module co-ordination and planning

  • Clinical supervision 

  • Independent and team working 

  • Literature searching, research data collection, statistical analysis

  • Scientific writing

  • Clinical veterinary skills across a variety of species (small, farm and zoo animal) and disciplines, with a special interest in cardiovascular medicine 

  • Project and event management 

  • Oral presentation  

Honours, Prizes and Awards

  • Commendation for teaching role on clinical rotation, Twycross Zoo; University of Nottingham Postgraduate Teaching Awards 2016

  • 2nd prize overall and commendation for media prize/press release; Research Showcase, University of Nottingham, 2016

  • Prize for best Year 3/4 postgraduate presentation; University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015/16

  • Prize for best Year 2 postgraduate presentation; University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine, 2014/15

  • European representative, executive committee: The Great Ape Heart Project (USA)

Key Academic Presentations

Oral

  • British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) annual research conference, June 2016: “A detailed and standardised investigation into great ape cardiovascular pathology”

  • British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) meeting, November 2015: “The use of quantitative behavioural observations to aid clinical decision making in zoos”

  • European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV) International Conference on Diseases of Zoo and Wild Animals, May 2015: “The Great Ape Heart Project: a model for collaborative disease investigation”

  • GAHP executive committee meetings; January 2015, September 2015: “Getting to the heart of the matter: The (European) Ape Heart Project so far”

  • British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), November 2013: “Getting to the heart of the matter: An investigation into cardiovascular disease in captive great apes”

  • European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Great Ape Taxon Advisory Group: preliminary (Spring 2015), full (Spring 2016): “A retrospective review of mortality in European zoo-housed great apes 2004-2014”

 

Poster

  • Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists, Annual Meeting, Manchester (UK), April 2017: “A comparison of cardiovascular effects of two different anaesthetic protocols in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)”. Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. Spring 2017 Meeting, Manchester, United Kingdom.

  • Joint EAZWV/AAZV/Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research conference, July 2016: “A large scale retrospective review of mortality among zoo housed great apes”

  • Research show case, University of Nottingham, 2016: “What becomes of a broken (ape) heart?”

  • British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) meeting, November 2015: “A standardised approach to post-mortem examination of the cardiovascular system in great apes”

 

Publications

Published papers:

  • Strong, V. et al. 2020. Idiopathic myocardial fibrosis in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Veterinary Pathology. 57(1): 183-191. DOI: 10.1177/0300985819879442 

  • Strong, V. et al., 2018a. A retrospective review of great ape cardiovascular disease epidemiology and pathology. International Zoo Yearbook. 52. DOI: 10.111/izy.12191

  • Strong et al., 2018b. Guidelines for consistent cardiovascular post-mortem examination, sampling and reporting of lesions in European zoo-housed great apes. International Zoo Yearbook. 52. DOI: http10.111/izy.12191

  • Strong, V. et al. 2017. A retrospective review of western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) mortality in European zoological collections between 2004-2014. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 48(2)

  • Strong, V. et al. 2017. A comparison of cardiovascular effects of two different anaesthetic protocols in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. Spring 2017 Meeting, Manchester, United Kingdom. (Online abstract publication)

  • Strong, V. et al., 2016. A systematic review of the literature relating to captive great ape morbidity and mortality. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 47(3), pp.697–710.

  • Tsoleridis, T. et al. 2016. Discovery of Novel Alphacoronaviruses in European Rodents and Shrews. Viruses 18; 8(3), pp.84

Other publications:

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Grants and bursaries

Nottingham Catalyst Partnership Fund: Public engagement in science grant for interactive educational sign, £500 grant

Volunteer and charitable work

  • Fundraising for LOROS: Raised >£13,000 for local hospice, alongside family member

  • Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (‘C.A.R.E.’), Summer 2008: Four weeks’ volunteer work at a baboon sanctuary in South Africa, assisting in the rehabilitation and care of injured, orphaned and ill-treated wild or wild-caught baboons.

  • Matang Wildlife Centre, Sarawak, Borneo, Summer 2006: Four weeks’ volunteer work assisting in wild animal welfare development