Emma Davies, BVSc, MSc,

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Department of Clinical Sciences

Diplomate - European College of Veterinary Neurologists
Associate Clinical Professor, Section of Neurology/Neurosurgery
Section Chief

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, Box 34
Ithaca, NY 14853

Email: ed445@cornell.edu

Research/Clinical Interest

Areas of interest include understanding factors involved with intervertebral disc extrusion and assessing and creating interventions to improve veterinary student critical analysis skills.

Education and Training

  • 2012     Royal Veterinary College, England, MSc in Veterinary Education
  • 2004-2007     Royal Veterinary College, England, Senior Clinical Training Scholar (resident) in Neurology
  • 2003-2004     Louisiana State University, Surgical Fellow
  • 2002-3003     Washington State University, Small Animal Intern
  • 2001-2002     Veterinary Specialist Group, New Zealand, Intern
  • 2001     Massey University, New Zealand, BVSc
  • 1990     Cranfield Institute of Technology, England, MSc in Bio-aeronautics
  • 1987     DeMontford University, England, BSc


I enjoy all areas of neurology and teaching research, but have two main areas of interest: understanding factors involved with intervertebral disc extrusion and student and owner learning. In collaboration with the library I am currently completing data acquisition to assess veterinary students reading habits and information literacy across the year groups at Cornell. We hope to use this information to target our efforts to create useful and appropriate interventions to improve their critical analysis skills. I have also initiated clinical studies with veterinary students and residents and I am collaborating with a blinded clinical trial assessing a novel post-operative analgesic drug. I have previously supervised several MSc physiotherapy students up to publication level in the area of small animal rehabilitation, e.g. investigating the difference in spinal muscles of dogs with intervertebral disc extrusion, compared to those dogs without this condition or owner compliance with post-operative care instructions for their dogs. I am beginning to investigate preventative measures (e.g. muscle development) in breeds susceptible to neurological disorders and previously I have worked on a commercially funded double-blinded epilepsy food trial, which is now in the publication process.


Awards and Honors

  • 2011     Royal Veterinary College Award for Most Innovative Project, MSc in Veterinary Education

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • European College of Veterinary Neurologists
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons