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Glenn   Wakley BSc(hons), MMedSc, PhD, Cert. ELTA

Associate Professor of Veterinary Anatomy

Dr. Glenn Wakley received his undergraduate degree from Sheffield University UK in 1977 with a final year research project leading to oral presentations to both the Anatomical and Physiological Societies of GB and NI. He went on to undertake a masters of medical research leading to his dissertation on the anatomy of the vagus nerve in the chicken and publication. He joined the University of Liverpool UK in 1979 extending his research interests to experimental bone and cartilage repair involving allografts.

Dr. Wakley moved to Loma Linda University in Southern California in 1982 as instructor in bone metabolism, and became assistant professor in orthopaedics/mineral metabolism and director of histomorphometry. He was then recruited to The Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota to continue his bone research, working in collaborations with NASA and pharmaceutical companies. Dr Wakley was recruited to Bristol University UK in 1994 where he taught anatomy to veterinary, medical, dental and science students and was organiser of both veterinary and dental anatomy courses, as well as various science courses.


PHD Histology and endocrinology, (space flight & bone), University of Bristol, UK

MMEDSC Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, University of Sheffield, UK

BSC HONS Human biology & Anatomy, with physiology, University of Sheffield, UK


Various aspects of education in medical anatomy

Osteoporosis and metabolic diseases of bone

Effects of weight bearing and sex steroids on bone


First awardee of University of Bristol Teaching and Learning prize in 2003, and joint awardee of e-learning prize in 2012, and was one of four core members of the Anatomy Centre for Teaching and Excellence award. Established first e-learning resources website in veterinary anatomy from 1997.

Publication Highlights

Parmar A & GK Wakley (2015) Standing in practical anatomy teaching increases student interaction. International Congress of Clinical Anatomy, (Joint meeting of European association for clinical anatomy, British association of clinical anatomists, and Sociedad Anatomica Espanola), Rouen France, June 24-27.

Wijeyaratne M, Hayman AR & Wakley GK (2014) Effect of tartrate-resistant gene-knockout on bone formation in mice. Best orthopedic poster, ATRIUM conference, Edinburgh Medical School, 22 Feb 2014.

Tidswell HK1, Innes JF, Avery NC, Clegg PD, Barr AR, Vaughan-Thomas A, Wakley GK, Tarlton JF. (2008) High-intensity exercise induces structural, compositional and metabolic changes in cuboidal bones--findings from an equine athlete model. Bone. 2008 Oct;43(4):724-33. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2008.06.003. Epub 2008 Jun 19.

Adams MA, Pollintine P, Tobias JH & GK Wakley (2006) Intervertebral disc degeneration can predispose to anterior vertebral fracture in the thoraclumbar spine. J. Bone Miner Res 21: 1409-16.

Richardson LE, Wakley GK & SH Franklin (2006) Histomorphometry of the equine soft palate. The veterinary Journal 172: 78-85.

Current Projects

Standing to learn: effect of seating on student participation in hands-on anatomy learning during lab classes.

Standard setting of examinations using small numbers of unequal examiners.


Member European Association of Veterinary Anatomists

Member Association of Basic Science Teachers in Dentistry, UK.