Simon Priestnall

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Occupation Veterinarian
Veterinary School UK - Bristol
Year of Graduation 2004

Simon is a Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), UK. His main interest is canine infectious respiratory disease. Simon gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) by examination in November 2010.

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Simon completed his intercalated Veterinary Pathology BSc from the RVC in 2002, and in the same year participated in the Leadership Programme for Veterinary Students at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, New York. During this summer programme, he carried out research into the possible zoonotic potential of canine and feline Helicobacter spp.

Simon completed his Veterinary degree from the University of Bristol in 2004, then went on to complete a PhD at the RVC in 2007 examining the pathogenesis of a novel canine respiratory coronavirus (CRCoV ) and its role in kennel cough. He began his three-year pathology residency at the Royal Veterinary College in January 2008 and gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) by examination in November 2010.


Currently Simon’s main interest is the pathogenesis and histopathological features of acute streptococcal pneumonia in dogs. Simon has previously worked with research groups at the University of Cambridge using signature tagged mutagenesis to identify virulence genes in Streptococcus equi subsp. equi and with the BVDV group at the Royal Veterinary College using a novel plasmid vector system to express viral proteins in mammalian cells lines.

See some of Simon's publications on his RVC staff profile page


Simon leads the BVetMed IMR teaching in pathology at the RVC. He lectures on respiratory pathology and infectious respiratory dieases of dogs to the BVetMed undergraduates and to the Veterinary Pathology BSc course, specifically on cell death and apoptosis.