Researchers at UCD


Robert Shiel

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Science Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166186


Robert Shiel qualified from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1999. After four years in small animal practice in the United Kingdom, he returned to UCD to undertake a residency in small animal medicine and obtained the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Companion Animals (Internal Medicine) in 2007. He completed a PhD at UCD in the area of canine thyroid function, and the effects of non-thyroidal illness, in 2011. After four years working as a lecturer at Murdoch University, Western Australia, Robert returned to UCD as a Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine in November 2014. Research interests include small animal endocrinology, neurology and genomics.




Committee : School of Veterinary Medicine Research Committee
Committee : ECVIM Credentials Committee
Committee : ECVIM Education Committee


Year 1999 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MVB Subject:
Year 2007 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: DECVIM Subject:
Year 2011 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:

Journals Edited

Irish Veterinary Journal: Editorial Board member.
Canine Genetics And Epidemiology: Editorial Board member.
Journal Of Small Animal Practice: Editorial Board member.



Book Chapters

Shiel RE (2017) 'Polyuria and Polydipsia' In: Ettinger SJ, Feldman EC, Cote E (eds). Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Missouri, MO: Elsevier. [Details]
Shiel, RE (2017) 'Diabetes Insipidus' In: Ettinger SJ, Feldman EC, Cote E (eds). Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. St Louis, MO: Elsevier. [Details]
Mooney CT & Shiel RE (2012) 'Canine hypothyroidism' In: C.T. Mooney & M.E. Peterson (eds). BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endocrinology. Gloucester: BSAVA. , pp.63-85 [Details]
Shiel RE (2012) 'Disorders of Vasopressin Production' In: C.T. Mooney & M.E. Peterson (eds). BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endocrinology. Gloucester: BSAVA. , pp.15-27 [Details]
Jones BR & Shiel R (2010) 'Neurologic Disorders' In: Schaer, M (eds). Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat. London: Manson. , pp.631-672 [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Bennaim M, Shiel RE, Forde C, Mooney CT (2018) 'Evaluation of individual low-dose dexamethasone suppression test patterns in naturally occurring hyperadrenocorticism in dogs'. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, . [Details]
Bree L, Gallagher BA, Shiel RE, Mooney CT (2018) 'Prevalence and risk factors for hyperthyroidism in Irish cats from the greater Dublin area'. Irish Veterinary Journal, 71 . [DOI] [Details]
Bree L, Bergamino C;Mullins R;Kelly P;Shiel R (2017) 'Periaortic lymphoma in a cat'. JFMS open reports, 3 (2). [DOI] [Details]
Rowan C, Cuddy L, Bryan J, Shiel R, Hoey S (2017) 'Imaging diagnosis - computed tomography findings in a case of metastatic ovarian adenocarcinoma in a dog'. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound, 58 (6):E60-E63. [Details]
Tong LJ, Hosgood GL;French AT;Irwin PJ;Shiel RE (2016) 'Platelet function and activation in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with subclinical chronic valvular heart disease'. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 77 (8):860-868. [DOI] [Details]
Davis J, Raisis AL, Cianciolo RE, Miller DW, Shiel RE, Nabity MB, Hosgood GL (2016) 'Urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin concentration changes after acute haemorrhage and colloid-mediated reperfusion in anaesthetized dogs'. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 43 (3):262-270. [Details]
Gunn E, Shiel RE, Mooney CT (2016) 'Hydrocortisone in the management of acute hypoadrenocorticism in dogs: a retrospective series of 30 cases'. The Journal of small animal practice, 57 (5):227-233. [DOI] [Details]
Brown AL, Shiel RE, Irwin PJ (2015) 'Clinical, haematological, cytokine and acute phase protein changes during experimental Babesia gibsoni infection in dogs'. Experimental Parasitology, . [DOI] [Details]
Tong LJ, Hosgood G, Labruyère J, Bennett SL, FitzGerald L, Shiel RE (2015) 'Marked cytoreduction of a lymphocyte-rich mediastinal thymoma with neoadjuvant chemotherapy in a cat'. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports, . [Details]
Tong Lj, Bennett S, Thompson Dj, Adsett S, Shiel R (2015) 'Right-sided congestive heart failure in a dog because of a primary intracavitary myocardial lymphoma'. Australian Veterinary Journal, 93 (3):67-71. [DOI] [Details]
Atencia-Fernandez S, Shiel RE, Mooney CT, Nolan CM (2015) 'Muscular dystrophy in the Japanese Spitz: an inversion disrupts the DMD and RPGR genes'. Animal Genetics, 46 (2):175-184. [DOI] [Details]
Shiel RE, Kennedy LJ, Nolan CM, Mooney CT, Callanan JJ (2014) 'Major histocompatibility complex class II alleles and haplotypes associated with non-suppurative meningoencephalitis in greyhounds'. Tissue Antigens, 84 (3):271-276. [DOI] [Details]
Tamborini A, Papakonstantinou S, Brown A, Brennan S, Shiel RE, Mills JN, Mooney CT (2014) 'Comparison of manual and laboratory PCV and total protein using EDTA and lithium heparin canine samples'. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 55 (5):258-264. [DOI] [Details]
Terzo E, McConnell JF, Shiel RE, McAllister H, Behr S, Priestnall SL, Smith KC, Nolan CM, Callanan JJ (2012) 'Unique topographic distribution of greyhound nonsuppurative meningoencephalitis'. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 53 (6):636-642. [DOI] [Details]
Shiel RE, Pinilla M, McAllister H, Mooney CT (2012) 'Assessment of the value of quantitative thyroid scintigraphy for determination of thyroid function in dogs'. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 53 (5):278-285. [DOI] [Details]
Zarelli M, Shiel R, Gallagher B, Skelly C, Cahalan S, McAllister H (2012) 'Imaging diagnosis: CT findings in a dog with intracranial hemorrhage secondary to angiostrongylosis'. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 53 (4):420-423. [DOI] [Details]
Paul AE, Shiel RE, Juvet F, Mooney CT, Mansfield CS (2011) 'Effect of hematocrit on accuracy of two point-of-care glucometers for use in dogs'. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 72 (9):1204-1208. [DOI] [Details]
Shiel RE, Mooney CT, Brennan SF, Nolan CM, Callanan JJ; (2010) 'Clinical and clinicopathological features of non-suppurative meningoencephalitis in young greyhounds in Ireland'. Veterinary Record, 167 (9):333-337. [DOI] [Details]
Shiel RE, Sist M, Nachreiner RF, Ehrlich CP, Mooney CT (2010) 'Assessment of criteria used by veterinary practitioners to diagnose hypothyroidism in sighthounds and investigation of serum thyroid hormone concentrations in healthy Salukis'. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 236 (3):302-308. [DOI] [Details]
Juvet F, Pinilla M, Shiel RE, Mooney CT (2010) 'Oesophageal foreign bodies in dogs: factors affecting success of endoscopic retrieval'. Irish Veterinary Journal, 63 (3):163-168. [DOI] [Details]
Shiel RE, Pinilla M, Mooney CT (2009) 'Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion associated with congenital hydrocephalus in a dog'. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 45 (5):249-252. [DOI] [Details]
Paul, AE, Shiel, RE and Mansfield, CS (2009) 'Fungal rhinitis caused by Scedosporium apiospermum'. Australian Veterinary Practitioner, 39 :63-66. [Details]
Pinilla, M.,Shiel, R. E.,Brennan, S. F.,McAllister, H.,Mooney, C. T.; (2009) 'Quantitative thyroid scintigraphy in greyhounds suspected of primary hypothyroidism'. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 50 (22):224-9224. Available Online [Details]
McCarthy, G.,Shiel, R.,O'Rourke, L.,Murphy, D.,Corner, L.,Costello, E.,Gormley, E.; (2009) 'Bronchoalveolar lavage cytology from captive badgers'. Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 38 (33):381-7381. Available Online [Details]
Terzo E., Pink J., Puggioni A., Shiel R., Andreoni V., McAllister H.; (2008) 'Right cranial lung lobe torsion after a diaphragmatic rupture repair in a Jack Russel terrier'. Irish Veterinary Journal, 61 (3):170-174. [Details]
Mooney, C.T., Shiel, R.S. & Dixon, R.M.; (2008) 'Thyroid hormone abnormalities and outcome in dogs with non-thyroidal illness'. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 49 :11-16. [Details]
Shiel, R.E., Brennan, S.F., Omodo-Eluk, A.J. & Mooney, C.T.; (2007) 'Thyroid hormone concentrations in young, healthy, pretraining greyhounds'. The Veterinary Record, 161 :616-619. [Details]
Shiel, R.E., Acke, E., Puggioni, A., Cassidy, J.P. & Mooney, C.T.; (2007) 'Tertiary hypothyroidism in a dog'. Irish Veterinary Journal, 60 (2):88-93. [Details]
Shiel, R.E., Brennan, S.F., O'Rourke, L.G., McCullough, M. & Mooney, C.T.; (2007) 'Hematologic values in young pretraining healthy greyhounds'. Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 36 :274-277. [Details]
Shiel, R.E. & Mooney, C.T.; (2007) 'Testing for hyperthyroidism in cats'. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, 37 :671-691. [Details]
Shiel, CB, Shiel RE and Fairley, JS (1999) 'Seasonal changes in the foraging behaviour of Leisler's bat (Nyctalus leisleri) in Ireland as revealed by radio-telemetry'. Journal of Zoology, 249 :347-258. [Details]

Other Journals

Shiel, R. (2016) 'Polyuria and polydipsia investigation in a first-opinion environment' Veterinary Ireland Journal 6 :263-265. [Details]
Shiel, R. (2016) 'Update on leptospirosis' Veterinary Ireland Journal 6 :82-83. [Details]
Jones, B.R. and Shiel R.E. (2016) 'Pancreatitis - the diagnosis: is it that simple?' Veterinary Ireland Journal 6 :430-433. [Details]
Martinez C, Bennaim M, Shiel RE (2015) 'Urinary incontinence in dogs: pathophysiology and medical management' The Veterinary Nurse 6 (8) :470-480. [Details]
Shiel, RE, Puggioni, A and Keeley, B (2008) 'Canine Urinary Incontinence. Part 2: Treatment' Irish Veterinary Journal 61 :835-840. [Details]
Shiel, RE, Keeley, B and Puggioni, A. (2008) 'Canine Urinary Incontinence. Part 1: aetiology and diagnosis' Irish Veterinary Journal 61 :765-770. [Details]
Shiel, RE, Pinilla, M, Freitag, T and Mooney, CT (2007) 'Treatment of metastatic adrenal tumour related hyperadrenocorticism' Consulta de Difusion Veterinaria 139 :73-76. [Details]
Shiel, RE and Mooney, CT (2007) 'Diagnosis and management of primary hyperaldosteronism in cats' In Practice 29 :194-201. [Details]


Research Interests

Research interests include:
  • Thyroid and adrenal diseases in dogs and cats
  • Disorders of water homeostasis
  • Endocrine alterations in disease
  • Early biomarkers of renal injury
  • Canine genetics (neuroinflammatory disease, muscular dystrophy, cardiac disease)
  • Canine neuroinflammatory disease