Leicester graduates in the news: Tariq Shah

Posted by mjs76 at Nov 29, 2010 11:20 AM |
The Columbia Daily Tribune (that’s Columbia, Missouri) has a feature on Tariq Shah, a Leicester biology graduate managing a successful animal oncology business.

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.

In 2008, Shah joined PetScreen Ltd, a company founded by two researchers from Nottingham Trent University, and last year he moved to the United States to establish an American facility.

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.