University Clinical Veterinary Anatomist
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Veterinary Anatomy and Reproduction
I am University Clinical Veterinary Anatomist and am responsible for organising and teaching much of the pre-clinical veterinary course at Cambridge.
In the first year, all veterinary students study the anatomy of the limbs and trunk of the major mammalian domestic species. In their second year they receive specialised teaching on the nervous system and head, as well as a more general course on the biology of non-mammalian vertebrates and 'non-standard' mammalian species. Our teaching of gross anatomy is informed by contemporary research in evolutionary and developmental biology, as well as an emphasis on the clinical relevance of anatomy.
In the second year, the veterinary students also receive a dedicated course on reproductive biology. This is a fully integrated approach to the anatomy, physiology, ecology and artificial management of reproduction. Students are encouraged to go beyond what is strictly necessary to function as a clinician and consider the wider aspects of this subject.
I am actively involved in the public understanding of science, having written popular science books (below), as well as regularly delivering talks at schools. For more information about my books, see www.davidbainbridge.org.
Bainbridge DRJ. Teenagers: A Natural History (2009). Portobello, London.
Bainbridge DRJ. The normal anatomy of the soft tissue structures of the pelvis (2009). In 'Equine Back Pathology', Ed. Henson, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK.
Bainbridge DRJ. The sea horse and the cockerel's spur. NewScientist (2008) 197, 40-43.
Bainbridge DRJ. Beyond The Zonules of Zinn: A fantastic journey through your brain (2008). Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Bainbridge DRJ. Les metamorphoses d'un chromosome sexuel. La Recherche (2005) 385, 29-40.
Bainbridge DRJ. The double life of women. NewScientist (2003) 178, 42-45.
Bainbridge DRJ. The X in Sex: How the X chromosome controls our lives (2003) Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Bainbridge DRJ. A Visitor Within: The Science of Pregnancy (2000) Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London.
Bainbridge DRJ, Jabbour HN. The potential of assisted breeding techniques for conservation of endangered mammalian species: a review. Veterinary Record (1998) 143, 159-168.
2003-present: University Clinical Veterinary Anatomist in the Department of Physiology, Reproduction and Neuroscience. Fellow, tutor, Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine, and Admissions Tutor in Arts and Humanities at St Catharine's College. Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine at Trinity Hall.
1999-2003: Lecturer in reproductive biology at the Royal Veterinary College, London.
1996-1999: Wellcome-funded post-doctoral fellowship in human and bovine pregnancy immunology at the Oxford University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, studying with Ian Sargent and Shirley Ellis.
1993-1996: BBSRC-funded PhD in early pregnancy in red deer at the Zoological Society of London Institute of Zoology, studying with Henry Jabbour.
1992-1993: Mixed veterinary practice in Essex.
1986-1992: Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, BA Zoology 1989 and VetMB and member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 1992.
Above: Many of the diseases of the domestic species trace their origins to developmental processes. Many of these processes have become more prone to perturbation because of short-sighted control of breeding and the use of immature animals as athletes.
Above: Some structural modifications appear to be so effective that they have evolved repeatedly in the vertebrates. In this image of the underside of a turtle's skull, the large plate of bone at the top is the hard palate – a shelf of bone which separates mouth and nose cavities and provides torsional rigidity to the skull. A similar structure has independently evolved in both crocodilians and mammals.
Above: A red deer embryo created by in vitro fertilisation. The embryo is at the two cell stage and lies inside a glassy coat, the zona pellucida, within which the small second polar body is also visible. Sperm tails may also be seen embedded in the zona.