Julia Kydd graduated from the University of Dundee with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology. This was followed by an MSc in Equine Studies awarded by the University College of Wales (Aberystwyth)., as part of which she undertook a scientific research project at the Equine Fertility Unit in Cambridge under the supervision of Professor W.R. (Twink) Allen. She then spent 4 years as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Unit, assisting in equine embryo transfer and during that time became interested in the mare's immune response to pregnancy. This led to equine immunological research which culminated in the award of a PhD from Girton College, Cambridge. Her subsequent employment was as a post-doctoral research assistant in the Equine Virology Unit at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, working with Professor Duncan Hannant on Equine Herpesvirus-1. Julia joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in 2006 as a lecturer and Senior Tutor. From 2012-2018 she was Senior Tutor for Postgraduate Students culminating in a Lord Dearing Award to the School's pastoral support team. Her continuing professional development as a reflective teacher has been recognised through the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and in 2014, she became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Julia supervises PhD students, has acted as an internal and external examiner and coordinator for postgraduate degrees and undertakes research in equine immunology and virology.
Equine herpesvirus-1, equine hepacivirus, equine husbandry, immunology, vaccines and vaccine trials
Experimental laboratory research involving measurement of immune cell functions
Pathogenesis of viral disease in the target host
Undergraduate facilitation and teaching in multiple modules including welfare, cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, lymphoreticular cell biology, reproduction, principles of veterinary science, personal and professional skills.
Veterinary student welfare, support and professionalism
Julia Kydd is an Assistant Professor in Applied Immunology and was a Senior Tutor within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science with responsibility for supporting undergraduate and… read more
See the Animal Infection and Immunity web page for more information on virus research within SVMS.
Currently funded research
Equine hepacivirus: Principal Investigator in collaboration with Drs Janet Daly (School of Veterinary Medicine and Science) and Alex Tarr (School of Life Sciences)
Facial pain score in horses: Supervisor of Rhiannon Price (undergraduate vet student), in collaboration with Dr Sue Dyson (Animal Health Trust)
Other research projects include undergraduate student projects on a variety of subjects,
I am a member of OneVirology, a group of comparative virologists within the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Life Sciences, Biosciences and Medicine at the University of Nottingham
KYDD, J.H., LUNN, D.P. and OSTERRIEDER, N., 2019. Report of the Fourth International Havemeyer Workshop on Equid Herpesviruses Equine veterinary Journal. 51, 1-4
IVENS, P., RENDLE, D.,, KYDD, J., CRABTREE, J., MOORE, S., NEAL, H., KNAPP, S., BRYANT, N. and NEWTON, J.R., 2019. Equine Herpesvirus Roundtable Discussion In: UK-Vet-Equine sponsored by Zoetis. 3. 1-12
BROWN, L.J., BROWN, G., KYDD, J., STOUT, T.A.E. and SCHULMAN, M.L., 2019. Failure to detect equid herpesvirus types 1 and 4 DNA in placentae and healthy new-born Thoroughbred foals. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association. 90, e1-e5
KYDD, J.H., HANNANT, D., ROBINSON, R.S., BRYANT, N. and OSTERRIEDER, N., 2019. Vaccination of foals with a modified live, equid herpesvirus-1 gM deletion mutant (RacHdeltagM) confers partial protection against infection Vaccine. (In Press.)
Julia Kydd is an Assistant Professor in Applied Immunology and was a Senior Tutor within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science with responsibility for supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students from 2006-2018. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching responsibilities include working as a lecturer, examiner, practical demonstrator and facilitator, mainly in first and second year modules including:
Animal Health and Welfare 1: equine husbandry
Musculoskeletal 1: Equine lameness evaluation
Cardiorespiratory 1: Defence of the respiratory tract
Personal and Professional Skills 1 & 2 facilitator: multiple topics, including professionalism, study skills and verbal and written communication
Facilitator in Clinical Relevance Sessions for all 1st year modules
Reproduction 2: the oestrous cycle, artificial reproduction techniques, clinical examination of the mare for reproductive soundness, the immunology of reproduction, embryo transfer.
Principles of Veterinary Science: applied immunology, hypersensitivity, T cells, B cells, vaccines etc
Research Project 3: supervisor and examiner
Examiner: Directly Observed Practical Skills, Equine husbandry 1st year and Objective Skills Examiner for multiple modules in 1st and 2nd years, Portfolio and Skills Diary, undergraduate research projects