School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Reuben Newsome



C01, Gateway Building


Currently intercalating a PhD between 4th and 5th year of the Veterinary degree at Nottingham, having obtained BVMedSci (hons) after 3rd year. Interests surround production animal medicine and as well as developing key research skills, throughout my PhD I am gaining clinical experience which will assist me when returning to the Veterinary course. Examples include two months working in the agricultural industry in New Zealand in 2012, assisting with undergraduate teaching sessions and working part time at the University dairy farm. When on the undergraduate course I was involved in setting up NFAVS, the Nottingham Farm Animal Veterinary Society, which aims to provide more practical teaching to students and help them gain experience of the wider farming industry. Currently I am President of the national Farm Association of Veterinary Students.

Degree Registration:

PhD Veterinary Medicine and Science, due for completion May 2016

School Research Theme:

Population Health and Welfare

Research Topic:

Lameness in Dairy Cattle

Summary of Research:

Lameness is a debilitating disease of dairy cattle and a major production issue. Despite an estimated prevalence of 30% in the UK national herd, the pathophysiology of the disease is not well understood, which makes tackling the problem difficult. Several postgraduate students at the Vet School are working on lameness, and projects are investigating best treatment and prevention of lameness, behavioural changes and risk factors for the disease. My work studies anatomical changes within the foot around calving and throughout lactation, in relation to onset of lameness, with a view to defining the pathophysiology and being able to target prevention.

Research Supervisors:

Prof Jon Huxley

Prof Martin Green

Primary Funding Source:

DairyCo, University of Nottingham


School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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