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Animal CSI: Predator

Dive into the world of veterinary pathology with a live-streamed dissection from the Royal Veterinary College's laboratory.

Tim Pond

Event description

Animal CSI is back and this time, it's a predator. Dive into the world of veterinary science and get a glimpse behind the scenes, including hands-on veterinary pathology activities and a live-streamed dissection demonstration from the Royal Veterinary College’s Anatomy Lecture Theatre. This event is recommended for ages 16+.


Activities and demonstrations will be available throughout the evening. See list of activities below.  

Main timings

6.00pm: Doors open 

6.45pm - 7.45pm: Dissection demonstration

Ken Smith will host the dissection demonstration streamed live from the Royal Veterinary College’s Anatomy Lecture Theatre.

8.30pm - 9.00pm: Careers panel discussion

Henny Martineau, Sonja Jeckel, Alex Civello, Laureen Peters and Alwyn Jones discuss their careers in pathology and veterinary science while taking questions from the audience. The panel will be chaired by Lucy Eckersley.

Activities and demonstrations

Conversation room: Take a closer look

Skeletal anatomy, muscular anatomy, A different kind of predator, Prion diseases, Under the microscope, The enemy within, Fatal feline attraction.

Sunley room: Predators

Predator conservation, Scavenging vs. Predation, Predator care, Paws for thought. 

Mezzanine: Art Corner

Incredible You - Add colour, relax and reveal the intricate structures and patterns of life. These free colouring-in resources explore the surprising beauty of our body at a tiny scale, and are suitable for all ages. Developed by science-based artist, Dr Lizzie Burns, with expert input from our members, 'Incredible You' offers the chance to explore all 17 pathology specialties – there is at least one illustration, plus supporting information, for each.

Other activities include Drawing Predators and Specimen drawings. 

About the speakers

Andrew Crook is the head of the anatomy service at the Royal Veterinary College. He regularly dissects creatures of all shapes and sizes.

Henny Martineau is the Head of Veterinary Forensic Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College. She is particularly interested in how pathogens interact with their hosts at molecular, cellular and whole animal levels.

Dr Lizzie Burns has a doctorate, and fellowship in cancer research at the University of Oxford. She is now a full-time science-based artist exploring the beauty and wonder of life and how medicine helps. Lizzie has worked on many outreach projects including for the Royal College of Pathologists encouraging young people to get inspired by pathology. Lizzie also works regularly with adults in University College Hospital as a Creative Specialist within Oncology, and started the Anti-boredom Campaign to raise awareness of boredom in hospitals and encourage resources to improve well-being to provide a much needed ‘holiday for the mind’. We hope these resources can be useful for learning and relaxation whatever your age, situation or background. 


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email:

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop.