A research and diagnostic laboratory specialising in Vitamin D biology research in companion, production and wild animals

Public engagement and outreach activities

Members of the VitDAL regularly participate in a wide range of public engagement and outreach activities which highlight recent findings from our lab and encourage scientific understanding in the wider community.


Public lectures

Professor Mellanby has presented public lectures on the work of the VitDAL. In a recent talk, Richard and VitDAL postdoc Dr Iris Mair presented some of our research to a public audience. We discussed some of our patient based investigations alongside our recent experimental studies which have examined how vitamin D modulates the immune response. We always enjoy receiving feedback from the public and engaging with a wide audience is invariably informative as we plan future programmes of work. A public lecture which discusses the lab’s work can be viewed in full at the following link


Community groups

 Professor Mellanby regularly discusses his work with community groups. In the photo, Richard is showing how we use endoscopy to help diagnose and treat diseases in dogs to a group of enthusiastic Symington beavers.





Widening participation

Professor Mellanby regularly takes part in widening participation event which encourages all school children across our local area to consider a career in science and veterinary medicine. Schoolchildren regularly visit the Easter Bush Campus which allows clinicians to discuss aspects of our work and the exciting and diverse opportunities which exist for students interested in science





School visits

Professor Mellanby has visited schools to discuss how advances in science can lead to dramatic improvements in the well being of communities and wider society. Here Richard is taking about his work to a group of schoolchildren from Coulter Primary School.






Public events

Professor Mellanby regularly represents the vet school at local, national and international events. Here Richard is discussing recent developments on the Easter Bush Campus at the Highland Show.
















The research of VitDAL has been widely featured in the press including local, national and overseas newspapers, various websites, local and national radio and television.  A few of the press articles which were printed following publication of our Soay sheep vitamin D research are shown.

Clinical Club

Professor Mellanby regularly presents CPD to practitioners at local, regional and national meetings. He organises a monthly CPD clinical club at R(D)SVS where recent advances in clinical practice are relayed to local practitioners. Further information can be found at the following link

Clinical Club




Continuing Profession Development

Professor Mellanby regularly presents updates and overviews of calcium and vitamin D homeostasis and disorders to veterinary practitioners. He has presented talks on vitamin D disorders to national and regional BSAVA and BVA conferences and meetings.



What is your diagnosis?

The small animal medicine service runs a monthly what is your diagnosis feature on our website. These highlight interesting case presentations and allow us to communicate recent advances in clinical care to wide audience. These can be found at the following link

What is your diagnosis?



latest news

VitDAL presents at the Scottish Biomedical Postdoctoral Researcher Conference

Last week, Dr Emma Hurst, lead postdoctoral scientist in the VitDAL visited Glasgow to present at the 5th Scottish Biomedical Postdoctoral Researcher Conference (SBPRC). SBPRC...

VitDAL present research at ACVIM Forum

Professor Mellanby visited Phoenix this week to present some of the latest research from the VitDAL at the ACVIM Forum. He presented some recent...

VitDAL awarded DEQAS accreditation

We are delighted to announce that the VitDAL has been awarded DEQAS accreditation this week. This demonstrates that the lab offers a 25(OH)D assay which...