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Dr Georgina Cole

Veterinary Surgeon Resident to RZSS

BVetMed MSc(hons) MRCVS

Research interests

Georgina has broad research interests in Zoological medicine and aquatic animal medicine. The research for her MSc thesis focused on measurement of blood lactate in wild rhinoceros in South Africa, and she has been involved in various aquatic projects ranging from investigating diagnostic tools for detection of the systemic parasite Ichythophonus hofei in aquarium fish and investigating impacts of plastic ingestion in marine turtle hatchlings.  


After completing a Veterinary externship with Bristol Zoo in 2011 Georgina moved to South Africa and began working at the Johannesburg Zoo. While being involved in the clinical care of a varied Zoo collection she also undertook field work with wild white rhinoceros, collecting data for her MSc in veterinary research at the University of Pretoria. In 2013 she took up the post of Veterinarian for the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town.  At the aquarium Georgina was providing veterinary care for a turtle rehabilitation and release program and was involved in various research activities including acoustic tagging of wild seven gill sharks and tiger sharks, as well as tagging of Cape fur seals for investigations into foraging ecology.  Georgina joined the RZSS Veterinary department in August 2016 as the second European College of Zoological Medicine veterinary resident in Zoo health Management at Edinburgh Zoo. 

  • Graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008
  • Obtained a Masters of Science in Veterinary research with distinction from the University of Pretoria in 2016

Non-RZSS Publications

Peter G. Ryan, Georgina Cole, Kevin Spiby, Ronel Nel, Alexis Osborne, Vonica Perold. Impacts of plastic ingestion on post-hatchling loggerhead turtles off South Africa. Marine Pollution Bulletin 2016 June; Vol 107; Issue 1: 155-160

Connolly DJ, Soares Magalhaes RJ, Fuentes VL, Boswood A, Cole G, Boag A, Syme HM. Assessment of the diagnostic accuracy of circulating natriuretic peptide concentrations to distinguish between cats with cardiac and non-cardiac causes of respiratory distress. J Vet Cardiol. 2009 May;11 Suppl 1:S41-50

Peer reviewed proceedings

Cole, G.C., Christison, K., Hexabothrid monogenean parasites in the short-tail stingray (Dasyatis brevicaudata) and successful use of a blood transfusion to treat anaemia. Presentation at the Pan African Society of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA) 4th Veterinary Symposium, 21st-23rd August 2015, U-Shaka Marine World, Durban.

Cole, G.C., Christison, K., 2014. Ichthyophonosis in a multi species exhibit in a public aquarium. Presentation at the 3rd International congress on parasites of wildlife, 14-18 Sept 2014, Kruger National Park.


Cole, G.C., Steenkamp, G., Tordiffe, A., Assessment of a portable lactate meter for field use in the white rhino (Ceratotherium simum). MSc Veterinary research, University of Pretoris, Onderstepoort faculty of veterinary medicine.