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Dr Susanne Prankel

Senior Lecturer (Biology)

Institute of Science & the Environment

Contact Details


tel: 01905 542086

I am a vet by training and have spent time in large, small and exotic animal practice in England, Germany and Zimbabwe. My teaching is very much informed by this practical experience as well as my research experience (particularly from my time at Cambridge University where I completed my PhD on cadmium in the human food chain particularly investigating the accumulation of cadmium in animals). My interests are also shaped by my study of philosophy, resulting in a strong interest in animal welfare and ethics.

I was awarded the first University of Worcester teaching fellowship, based on ‘inspirational teaching’, within the Institute of Science and the Environment, and have worked on a number of pedagogical projects, such as an enhanced induction for prospective top-up students, taster days and two theatre in education productions that aimed to engage school children and FE college students in scientific issues using the media of drama (‘Little Miracles’ and ‘A Life Worth Living’).

PGCert in Higher Education Learning and Teaching (Worcester, 2008)
CertFET (Moulton College, 2006)
PhD Veterinary Medicine (Cambridge, 2002)
MPhil Veterinary Medicine (Cambridge, 1998)
MRCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, 1997)
equiv BSc (Hons) Veterinary Medicine (Hannover, 1997)

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Animal Behaviour (HAWM1110 and BIOS2010)
Animal Movement (BIOS3012)
Principles of Animal Breeding (BIOS3011)
Comparative Zoology (BIOS1202)
Animal Welfare and Ethics (BIOS2102)

Research Interests
Ethics in the veterinary field
Canine hydrotherapy and animal movement
Cadmium in the environment and the human food chain

PhD Supervision
Mixed species exhibits and captive lemur welfare

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Member of the British Veterinary Association
Member of the Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association
Member of the Association for Veterinary Teachers and Research Workers



Phillips CJC and Prankel SH (2011) Cadmium and the welfare of animals. In: Nriagu JO (ed.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, volume 1, pp. 451–455 Burlington: Elsevier.

Phillips, C.J.C. and Prankel, S.H. (in print). Chapter: Cadmium and Animal Welfare. In: Encyclopedia of Environmental Health. Elsevier.

Prankel, S. (2008). Hydrotherapy in Practice. In Practice, 30, pp272-277.

Tudoreanu, L., Prankel, S., Enache, L., Akhmetova, B., Omarova, A., Kovacs, B., Gyori, Z., Phillips, C.J.C. (2007). The EU Metal Project – Metals in the Environment, Toxicity and Assessment of Limits: Cadmium. In: Clarkson, P.A. (ed) Environmental Research Advances. New York, Nova Science Publishers, pp184-196.

Prankel, S.H., and Schöbel, A. (2006) ‘Akute Alkoholvergiftung beim Hund’ (acute ethanol intoxication in dogs) Tierärztliche Praxis Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere 34(3): 168-171.

Prankel, S.H., Nixon, R.M. and Phillips, C.J.C. (2005) ‘Implications for the human food chain of models of cadmium accumulation in sheep’, Environmental Research, 97, 348-58.

Prankel, S.H., Nixon, R.M. and Phillips, C.J.C. (2004) ‘Meta-analysis of feeding trials investigating cadmium accumulation in the liver and kidney of sheep’, Environmental Research, 94, 171-183.

Internal and External Responsibilities

Internal and External Responsibilities

University Teaching Fellow
Institute of Science and the Environment Representative at the University Ethics and Research Governance Committee
Member of the Centre for Ethical Leadership

Member of the Institute Learning and Teaching Committee

Member of the Institute Board

Chair of the Institute Ethics Subcommittee

External examiner for University of Bristol Veterinary School

Past external examiner for Hartpury College