Leicester graduates in the news: Tariq Shah
Cats and dogs can get cancer, just like humans, but there are far fewer facilities available to detect and treat the condition. PetScreen Inc is a start-up company based at the University of Missouri Life Science Business Incubator which provides a specialised oncology service for pets – and Tariq Shah is the man in charge.
Shah graduated from Liverpool University with a BSc in Marine Biology then came to Leicester to study for an MSc in Marine Physiology where he worked on visual processes in marine invertebrates (“I studied shrimps’ eyes. I could talk for hours about shrimp.”). After travelling the world, he founded his own veterinary consultancy then worked in marketing for Nationwide Laboratories, a firm which specialises in veterinary pathology.
PetScreen Inc offers a test for lymphoma in dogs and is developing an equivalent test for cats. The company also offers a biopsy test which can be used to determine the most effective type of chemotherapy to use on a particular animal.