Physical and Mathematical Veterinary Medicine

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James Breen

Clinical Associate Professor (Cattle Health and Production), Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



James qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol in 1998 and after a short spell locuming, joined the Orchard Veterinary Group in Glastonbury, working with companion and farm animals as a veterinary assistant. He returned to Bristol in 2001 to take up a residency in Farm Animal Medicine under the tutelage of Mr Islwyn Thomas FRCVS, developing his interests in dairy cow medicine and surgery as well as teaching veterinary undergraduate students. He later joined Prof Andrew Bradley and Prof Martin Green on a national dairy cow mastitis research project and was involved in the development of the current national AHDB Mastitis Control Plan initiative. He subsequently completed a three-year RCVS Trust residency in Production Animal Medicine, dividing his time between dairy practice in Glastonbury, teaching, research.and laboratory consultancy work with QMMS Ltd in Somerset.

He continues to work part time as a veterinary surgeon in practice looking after some of the dairy farm clients at Glastonbury, as well as teaching dairy herd health at Nottingham. He also works as a veterinary consultant for Map of Ag, working with supply chain as well as dairy farms and veterinary surgeons in practice. James holds the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production (2003), the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production (2008) and was awarded a PhD for studies into cow risk factors for clinical mastitis and increased somatic cell count at University of Bristol. He is an RCVS-recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.

Expertise Summary

James is an Associate Professor in Cattle Health and Production and is part of the team delivering the herd health and production management clerking rotation to final year undergraduates. He also provides lecture, clinical relevance and practical material for fourth year modules in preparation for final year work. His area of expertise is in dairy herd mastitis and milk quality, and the control of endemic disease in dairy herds.

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Physical and Mathematical Veterinary Medicine

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School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
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