I am an accredited veterinary surgeon working in agricultural research with a focus on the health, welfare and productivity of livestock species. I am experienced working within a multidisciplinary team and working in collaboration with an industry partner. I have a unique skill set working across the veterinary and agricultural sciences and am familiar with a broad range of clinical-based and field-based research techniques.
PhD Thesis: Improving the efficiency of sheep production through environmental management. September 2018 - Present
A KESS 2 funded project in collaboration with the industry partner Innovis Ltd. This PhD looks at how the provision of natural shelter on farms impacts on the productivity of upland sheep flocks. The aim of this project is to develop environmental interventions that reduce the level of flock exposure on upland systems and improve lamb survival. During the course of this PhD I will also working towards a Postgraduate Skills Development Award which involves over 60 hours of formal training and development to improve my skills and credibility as a researcher.
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh, September 2013- June 2018
Over my BVM&S degree I accumulated eleven months additional experience working in industry, including seven months of clinical experience working across six different practices. In my final year I specialised in pathology, animal welfare & behaviour and veterinary public health & epidemiology. During this time I was awarded WBM nominations for excellence in my practical and clinical skills. My final year externships included working with the APHA, SRC, Moredun and Charles River Laboratories.
Gradconsult Microgrant Winner, April 2018
I was one of six out of three-hundred and six applicants to be awarded a research grant for my work in to reducing perinatal lamb mortality rates on UK farms and for my international teaching efforts. I secured this funding in order to set up an international education exchange with Ghent University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Principal supervisor for MSc Veterinary Medicine Project, October 2018 – Present
I am the primary supervisor for an international MSc project on ‘Pitfalls during lambing in modern sheep’. This involves advising on the content of a systematic literature review looking at the relative risk factors for lamb mortality across the UK and EU.
Primary editor for Veterinary Handbook, November 2018 - Present
I am responsible for editing a 70 page book on ‘Basics of lambing: A guide for vet students and lambing assistants’ The book is due to be in print by February 2019 and sold to veterinary students at Ghent University.
Part-time Demonstrator, September 2018 – Present
I am responsible for teaching under-graduates at the Bangor University College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. My most recent teaching involved teaching zoology undergraduates in practical dissection techniques and comparative anatomy.
STEM Ambassador, June 2018 - Present
I am involved with various outreach projects aimed at inspiring young people to consider careers in STEM. This has been a very valuable opportunity to develop my science communication skills. My most recent volunteer work was to provide an interactive stand for the Royal Society of Biology at Conwy Feast (October 2018).
Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, March 2018- Present
Guest lecturer invited by the International Veterinary Student Association to teach a group of one hundred and sixty Belgian and Dutch veterinary students the knowledge and skills required to work as lambing and calving technicians on upland farms in the UK.
I am actively involved in a range of outdoor sports including mountain climbing, rock climbing, trail running, mountain biking and white water kayaking. I am a member of four sports clubs where I enjoy having the opportunity to develop my own skills as well as coach more novice members. I also volunteer as a mock student for instructor training assessments at Plas Y Brenin, the UK National Mountain Centre.