Andrea Nolan

Veterinary Medicine

A headshot of veterinary medic Andrea Nolan
  • BORN 1965 Dublin, Ireland
  • WORKS  in Edinburgh, UK
    -Pfizer Academic Award for Animal Health Research
    -The Amoroso Award from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association
    -The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Companion Animal Award for contributions to animal welfare – along with her collaborators
    -Member of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Global Pain —Council Trustee of two animal charities
    -Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
    -Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies
    -Honorary life member of the Association for Veterinary Teachers & Research Workers

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Title: The Vet’s Song
Music by: Canal View Primary School P6 Veterinary Group
Written in: 2017
For: Mixed Acapella Voices
Performed by: Canal View Primary School P6 Veterinary Group

This song was written as a result of an interview which took place with Edinburgh Napier Principle, Andrea Nolan, conducted by the director of Minerva Scientifica, Frances M Lynch. Her fascinating story was relayed to the young composers in a series of science and music workshops at their school and they came up with this song which links her work to their own pets. They premiered the piece at the Sighthill Campus of Napier on June 20th 2017.


Andrea graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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After a short time in veterinary practice, Andrea embarked on an academic career which took her to the Universities of Cambridge, Bristol and the Technical University of Munich, before joining the University of Glasgow in 1989. Since July 2013, Professor Andrea Nolan has been the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University.

Scientific Achievement

During the 1990s, Andrea established herself as a research leader in the field of animal pain, its recognition and management, and was appointed Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology in 1998. She also undertook advanced clinical training becoming a Diploma holder of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and gaining Diplomate status of the European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, and the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia.

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Did You Know?

Andrea loves to play the piano, and her main research was into how animals felt pain.

An Inspirational Woman

Professor Nolan is the first female ever to be  appointed to head a British veterinary school and the first women to hold the role as Convener of Universities Scotland.