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At Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital we believe that it is important to not just treat the cases we see, but to add what we learn when doing so to the veterinary knowledge base so that it can be of use to other vets and their patients. For that reason, when we see rare or unusual cases we do our best to present them at veterinary conferences or publish them as case reports in veterinary journals. In addition, we carry out and publish some clinical research of our own (see the publication list below) and we collaborate with some of the UK veterinary schools to aid their research projects. These research studies are the foundation of future improvements in the veterinary care of animals.

 

One of our vets, Martin Whitehead, is also involved in research into the diseases and welfare of pet reptiles, and research into vitamin D in zoo reptiles.

 

 

Research reports

Whitehead, M.L. (2017). Serum vitamin D3 in captive reptiles. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, October 2017, London, p20.

Whitehead, M.L., Hoehfurtner, T., Wilkinson, A., Burman, O. & Collins, L. (2017). Reptile pets at the vets:  The most common species presenting, presenting signs and diagnoses. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, October 2017, London, p105.

Whitehead, M.L., Foggett, S. (2016). UV lighting, dietary vitamin D3, and serum 25(OH)D in crocodilians and iguanas. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, September 2016, Oxford, p20.

Whitehead, M.L., Wilkinson, A., Hoehfurtner, T., Burman, O., Collins, L. (2016). UK vets' opinions on keeping captive-bred and wild-caught reptiles as pets. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, September 2016, Oxford, p71.  Also, Proceedings of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, April 2017, Birmingham, p550.

Whitehead, M.L., Vaughn-Jones, C. (2015) Suitability of species kept as pets. Veterinary Record 177(22):573-574.

Whitehead, M.L., Pinborough, M. (2013). Haematology and biochemistry of Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus). Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, March 2013, Cambridge, p17.

Whitehead, M.L. (2008). Risk of pyometra in bitches treated for mismating with low doses of oestradiol benzoate. Veterinary Record 162:746-749.

 

Case reports

Brown, G.W., Kalff, S., Parry, A., Whitehead, M., McKee, W.M. (2013). Avulsion fragmentaton of the tibial tuberosity apophysis and associated patellar tendon enthesiopathy in a skeletally immature dog. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology 26(3):242-247.

Aylmer, P.S.A. (2013). Investigation and treatment of an abdominal mass in a tiger. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, March 2013, Cambridge, p16.

Whitehead, M.L., Kettlewell, P.W., Koterwas, B. (2012). Elevated serum gamma-glutamyl transferase associated with canine renal adenocarcinoma. Veterinary Record 170(14):362.

Kettlewell, P.W. (2012). Surgical management of recurrent colic in a Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris). Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, November 2012, Edinburgh, p. 21.

Whitehead, M.L., Kettlewell, P.W. (2010). Nasal, sinus and orbital aspergillosis in a cat. Control & Therapy 261:40-41.

Whitehead, M.L. (2009). Urinary capillariosis in a cat in the UK. Veterinary Record 165(25):757.

Stidworthy, M.F., Whitehead, M.L., Aylmer, P.S., Keane, S.G., Malnick, H. (2006). Streptobacillus moniliformis ("rat bite fever") endocarditis in two barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus). Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, November 2006, Bristol, p. 80.

 

Reviews and editorials

Whitehead, M.L., Lees, P. & Toutain, P-L. (2018) Regulation of veterinary homeopathy in the UK:  A cause for concern.  Regulatory Rapporteur.  In press.

Whitehead, M.L. (2018) Factors contributing to poor welfare of pet reptiles.  Testudo 8(5):47-61.

Lees, P., Chambers, D., Pelligand, L., Toutain, P-L., Whiting, M. & Whitehead, M.L. (2017)  Homeopathy in animals:  Yesterday and today … but tomorrow?  International Animal Health Journal 4(4):30-34.

Whitehead, M.L. (2017). Factors affecting the likelihood that pet species’ welfare needs will be met. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, October 2017, London, p64.

Lees, P., Chambers, D., Pelligand, L., Toutain, P-L., Whiting, M. & Whitehead, M.L. (2017)  Comparison of veterinary drugs and veterinary homeopathy:  part 1. Veterinary Record 181:170-176.  Doi: 10.1136/vr.104278

Lees, P., Chambers, D., Pelligand, L., Toutain, P-L., Whiting, M. & Whitehead, M.L. (2017)  Comparison of veterinary drugs and veterinary homeopathy:  part 2. Veterinary Record 181:198-207.  Doi: 10.1136/vr.104279

Whitehead, M.L. (2017). Human psychological and sociological factors influencing the suitability of species to be pets.  Proceedings of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, April 2017, Birmingham, p550.

Burman, O.H.P., Collins, L.M., Hoehfurtner, T., Whitehead, M. & Wilkinson, A. (2016) Cold-blooded care: Understanding reptile care and implications for their welfare. Testudo 8(3):83-86.

Whitehead, M.L., Canfield, P.J, Johnson, R., O'Brien, C.R., Malik, R. (2016) Case-based clinical reasoning in feline medicine 3: Use of heuristics and illness scripts. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery18(5):418-426.

Canfield, P.J., Whitehead, M.L., Johnson, R., O'Brien, C.R., Malik, R. (2016) Case-based clinical reasoning in feline medicine 2: Managing cognitive error.Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 18(3):240-247.

Canfield, P.J., Whitehead, M.L., Johnson, R., O'Brien, C.R., Malik, R. (2016) Case-based clinical reasoning in feline medicine 1: Intuitive and analytic systems. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 18(1):35-45.

Whitehead, M.L. (2016) Welfare of pet reptiles. BSAVA Companion Jan 2016: 26-27.

Whitehead, M.L.(2015). The Animal Welfare Act (2006) as it applies to traditional and 'exotic' pets: Intention and practice. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, November 2015, Bristol Zoo, p48.

Chitty, J., Barrows, M., Feltrer, Y., Flach, E., Grilo, M., Justice, W., Sayers, G., Thornton, S. & Whitehead, M. (2015). A Review of Avian Malaria in Penguins in UK Zoos. In N. Chai, M. Huynh, C. Pignon & L. Schilliger (Eds.).  Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Avian Herpetological and Exotic Mammal Medicine (ICARE) p.263. Paris, France.

Whitehead, M.L. (2015). "80% of entire female rabbits get uterine adenocarcinoma." A case report of a veterinary factoid. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, March 2015, Loughborough University, p37.

Whitehead, M.L., Roberts, V. (2014). Backyard poultry: legislation, zoonoses and disease prevention. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 55(10):487-496.

Whitehead, M.L. (2014). Regulations regarding prescribing and permitted procedures for backyard poultry. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, November 2014, Lancaster University, p36.

Whitehead, M.L. (2014). Pet reptile welfare and positive lists. Proceedings of the British Veterinary Zoological Society meeting, March 2014, Marwell Zoo, p32.

Malik, R., O'Brien, C., Whitehead, M. (2010). The fight against some formidable fungal foes. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 12:669-671.

 

Selected letters on animal welfare

Whitehead, M.L. (2016) Reptiles and the Animal Welfare Act. Veterinary Record 179(23):604-605

Whitehead, M.L. (2016) Reptiles and the Animal Welfare Act. Veterinary Record 179(20):524.

Whitehead, M.L. (2016) Welfare of exotic pets. Veterinary Record 178(19):477.

Whitehead, M.L. & Forbes, N. (2014) Keeping exotic pets. Veterinary Record 174(3):178.

Whitehead, M.L. & Forbes, N. (2013) Keeping exotic pets. Veterinary Record 173(22):558.