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Richard Burchell BSc, BSc (Hons), BVSc, MMedVet, DECVIM-CA

Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine (Academic Track)

School of Veterinary Science

After school I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in microbiology and zoology, followed by an honours year in microbiology/molecular biology. I then completed my bachelor of veterinary science at the University of Pretoria and after spending a year in general practice, I joined a small animal referral practice and started working as a referral veterinarian. During this time I started my Masters in Veterinary Medicine, and then two years later was employed by the University of Pretoria as a lecturer in Medcine. During this time I completed a residency in small animal internal medicine throught the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. After a short stint in private Specialist Practice, I once again heeded the clarion call of academia and joined team medicine at Massey.

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  • Bachelor of Science - Rhodes University (2000)
  • Bachelor of Science Honours - Rhodes University (2001)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science - University of Pretoria (2007)
  • Masters of Veterinary Medicine - Univeristy of Pretoria (2014)
  • Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (2015)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Feline Hyperthyroidism

Canine and Feline Diabetes Mellitus

Chronic Kidney Disease

Research Opportunities

  • The role of thyroid hormone and hepcidin in the pathogenesis of anaemia in feline chronic kidney disease  (05/01/2017) This study aims to determine the relationship of azotaemia and euthyroid sick syndrome, and hepcidin in cats with varying IRIS stages of CKD. The project has some funding


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Veterinary Medicine (070706): Veterinary Sciences (070700)


Small Animal Internal medicine

Endocrinology, feline hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Consultancy and Languages


  • English
    Last used: Daily use
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Afrikaans
    Last used: occasional use
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Needs work
  • Xhosa
    Last used: occasional
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Needs work
  • Zulu
    Last used: Occasional
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching


Currently I teach urology and neurology to the undergraduate students, and I teach about 125 hours of clinical practice to final year students in addition to this. I enjoy teaching and enjoy the interaction with the students who are passionate and enthusiastic.

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Meredith Wall - Doctor of Philosophy
    A psychological approach to obesity prevention and management in domestic cats

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