Physical and Mathematical Veterinary Medicine

Nigel Kendall

Lecturer in Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


  • workRoom B72 Veterinary Academic Building
    Sutton Bonington Campus
    Sutton Bonington
    LE12 5RD
  • work0115 951 6447
  • fax0115 951 6440

Expertise Summary

Expertise in trace element nutrition, especially of ruminants.

Particular interest in the copper, molybdenum, iron and sulphur complex interaction.

I have set up and run the NUVetNA laboratory within the Vet School which runs a trace element and metabolite analytical service for Veterinary Surgeons around the country.

Research Summary

I am currently actively researching across the two school themes of Population Health and Reproduction. I work with all aspects of nutrition and in reproduction, especially exploring the interactions… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

I am currently actively researching across the two school themes of Population Health and Reproduction. I work with all aspects of nutrition and in reproduction, especially exploring the interactions between them.

I run the NUVetNA diagnostic laboratory service and research issues related to trace element status, and deficiency/toxicity diagnosis and the role of metabolites in fertility management.

My major area of expertise is in trace elements, with especial reference to the copper, molybdenum, sulphur and iron interactions which occur in ruminants, deer and camelids. As well as diagnosis and effects on fertility I am also interested in methods of supplementation and the investigation of the availability of different copper sources within the rumen in relation to the complex copper, sulphur molybdenum and iron interaction. I am currently moving into Horses and am looking at the selenium status of horses, mainly in relation to athletic performance.

Other current projects includes: the role of monosaccharides in ovarian function; effects of trace elements on many aspects of fertility - including thiomolybdate effects on ovarian and luteal function and a DVM student investigating the effect of Iodine status on dairy cow fertility; endocrine management of bovine infertility including specific research on ovarian cysts in cattle - including the role of energy status in cyst formation, and way to improve cyst diagnosis.

I also have an interest in experimental design and the application of statistics to experimental biological and medical data.

Past Research

In addition to the work still be carried out within the current research profile I have a varied research background.

I have worked on:

  • the prevention of radiocaesium uptake into sheep
  • the effects of conjugated linoleic acid on bovine fertility and endometrial prostaglandin production
  • the effects of feeding lupins on the fertility of sheep
  • the effect of BVD (bovine viral diarrhea) on fertility
  • the effect of leptin on ovarian function
  • the use of liquid potato waste a feedstuff for dairy cows
  • the effect of zinc and selenium supplementation on ram semen quality
  • the role of viagra in female ovarian function
  • 3D ultrasound scanning in humans
  • the role of progesterone supplementation in the maintenance of pregnancy in dairy cattle and much more besides...!

Future Research

I am interested in any research on trace elements in animals, not just ruminants. I am always looking to the use of diagnostic clinical chemistry, especially in relation to the assessment of nutritional status. I am increasingly involved in zoo animal nutrition and the management of feeding. Experimental design and statistical analysis are areas in which I enjoy working and am often open to collaboration.

Physical and Mathematical Veterinary Medicine

The University of Nottingham
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
College Road, Sutton Bonington, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6451