Meet the Animal and Land research team and discover more about their current and previous research work.
Mary obtained a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from University College Dublin in 1997, and a PhD in Animal Behaviour in 2002 also from University College Dublin. For her PhD, Mary carried out field observations on courtship behaviour, multiple mating and reproductive synchrony in female fallow deer in Phoenix Park, Dublin and participated in the tagging of fawns, darting of adult deer and post mortems. Prior to joining Hartpury, Mary worked at University College Dublin, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Moulton College in Northampton.
Brian obtained a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural and Food Sciences from University of Nottingham in 1994; a PGCE in 2005 from University of Wales, Newport and is currently studying Sustainable and Efficient Food Production with the Advanced Training Partnership (Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities and NIAB-TAG) at Masters level.
Catherine is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Registered Veterinary Nurse (Small Animal and Equine) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Catherine initially qualified as Small Animal Veterinary Nurse following a period of training at Bristol Veterinary School, Langford. A City and Guilds Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition was gained during her time spent in small animal and mixed veterinary practice.
Sam's first degree was BSc (Hons) Hort (University of Coventry) followed by a Phd at the University of Wales, Cardiff. This investigated gene expression in wild leeks during the flowering processes, ‘Inflorescence development in Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii’. This molecular biology background has been used to support a wide range of modules, from genetics, to developmental processes and cellular biology.
Tamara obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences at The University of Manchester. She then continued at this institution to gain a Master of Research degree and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology.
Having studied Geography & Environmental Management at UWE, Bristol Helen went on to complete a Masters at Harper Adams University in Sustainable Agriculture.
James obtained a Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and spent several years working in mixed, predominantly large animal practice in Lampeter, west Wales.
Lucy completed a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University before taking up a position within the Widening Participation team at the university. She joined Hartpury College in 2010 as a lecturer in Animal Behaviour and progressed onto the role of Subject Manager for the department in 2012.
Lucy is an RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) qualified and Registered Equine Veterinary Nurse (REVN) with experience in all aspects of veterinary nursing including patient management and care, diagnostics, and medical and surgical nursing.
Lucy is currently employed as a Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing where she teaches students across both Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) programmes. Lucy has completed a Certificate in Education and enjoys being part of a team that is responsible for educating students in an area where she has experience and knowledge.
Sienna completed her FdSc and also her BSc (Honours) degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Hartpury College. During her studies she volunteered at Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter where she developed an interest in the utilisation of vertical space in confined domestic cats and how vertical space impacts behaviour, activity budgets and feline welfare.
Following her undergraduate studies, Sienna went on to complete an MSc in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter where she won a studentship which focused on the effects of a valerian based pharmacological intervention on the behaviour, heart rate and cortisol levels of domestic dogs.
Polly is the programme manager for the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy programme, this involves the day to day running of the programme, organizing the teaching delivery, managing and arranging visiting lectures, managing student expectations and queries. Writing module guides and setting relevant assignments as well as marking them.
Polly delivers a high standard of teaching to the programme and ensure that the students have a balance between theory and practical based lectures leading to a well-rounded veterinary physiotherapist once they have qualified.
Suzannah is a Royal Collage of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) qualified and Registered Equine Veterinary Nurse (REVN) with several years of experience of working in the veterinary industry.
Suzannah has experience of all aspects of veterinary nursing from assisting with Guiana Pig caesareans to providing emergency first aid to injured racehorses.
Jane started her career working as Head Nurse in a range of small animals, equine and large animal veterinary practices before moving into teaching. She is an experienced academic manager, lecturer and researcher predominately in equine and animal science.
Helen originally graduated from Warwickshire College with a BA (Hons.) in Equine Studies and worked as an equine veterinary nurse for a number of years.
Danielle is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) qualified and Registered Small Animal Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and a former Hartpury College student leaving with a BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science, along with several years of experience in the veterinary industry and has experience in anaesthesia, medical and general nursing.
Richard started teaching in HE on a part time basis in December 2013, and moved into a full time position in August 2014. However, Richard has been lecturing at Hartpury on a sessional basis, delivering a Grassland Management module in the 2008/09 academic year, and delivering a range of one off guest lectures each academic year.
Aisling completed her BSc (Honours) degree in Microbiology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. During her studies she volunteered at Sommerton Equine Veterinary hospital where she developed an interest in viral and bacterial diagnostic techniques. Aisling then went on to complete a Masters in Equine Science at Hartpury College, specifically focusing her studies on the changes of the microbial ecosystem in the equine hindgut under stress.
Patrick worked on farms from 1979-1990 full time with the last position being as an assistant farm manager. In 1990 he trained as an agronomist by Technicrop ltd., and passed his BASIS exam while at Harper Adams.
Alison completed a degree in BSc (Hons) Veterinary Science at the Royal Veterinary College (2007-2009) and then stayed at the RVC to complete a four year BBSRC funded PhD in biomechanics (2009-2013) entitled ‘The Physiological and Biomechanical Assessment of Free Ranging Sports Dogs’ within the Structure and Motion Laboratory.
Emily completed a degree in Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol and after graduation worked as a veterinary surgeon in a small animal practice in Cornwall. Emily developed an interest in teaching practical and clinical skills to veterinary students and worked in the vet school’s clinical skills lab at the University of Bristol, which lead to an opportunity to pursue a Masters by research project. Emily joined Hartpury in 2016 as a HE lecturer in animal and equine science.
After completing an undergraduate degree in Music at Queen’s University Belfast, Carrie changed from the Arts & Humanities to the Sciences department with a Masters degree in Animal Welfare & Behaviour. During this time Carrie taught piano and singing to people of all ages for Associated Board of the Royal School of Music qualifications.
Grace completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology applied to IT at Dun Laoghaire IADT, Dublin in 2011. During her degree she developed an interest in evolutionary psychology and animal behaviour and welfare. As a result, she decided to complete an MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Queens University Belfast, graduating in 2012.
Prior to completing a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture and Land Management at Northampton University in 2010, Phil had worked in the agricultural industry for over twenty years as a dairy herdsman and dairy herd manager. On completion of his degree, Phil moved into teaching and took up a position at Moulton College delivering a range of modules to both further and higher education students. He joined Hartpury in March 2015 as Subject Manager for HE Land.