School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Heather Thomas





I graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Glasgow in 2002 and worked in both equine and small animal practice where I developed a strong interest in research, particularly in the area of equine sports injuries and medicine.  To further this interest, I returned to the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Science to complete my MSc and subsequently gained a position as a senior lecturer in Animal Science, Equine Sports Science and Veterinary Nursing.  Along with delivery of the surgical and diagnostic elements of the veterinary nursing degree, I continued to develop my interest in sports injuries and lameness, lecturing to MSc level in exercise physiology and biomechanics and widening my area of study to include other performance and production animals.

Degree Registration:

PhD for completion 2014

School Research Theme:

Population Health and Welfare

Research Topic:

Treatment of lameness in dairy cattle 

Summary of Research:

As part of a multi-center research partnership, led by the University of Nottingham, I shall be investigating the herd level control of lameness through the treatment of individual lame cows.  Lameness presents both economic and welfare concerns to the dairy industry but to date, few studies have investigated the impact of specific interventions at either individual or herd levels. This study aims to build on existing knowledge in order to provide simple recommendations to commercial dairy farms for the treatment of lame cows.

Research Supervisor:

Dr Jon Huxley (principal supervisor)

Prof Martin Green (second supervisor)

Dr Nick Bell, Royal Veterinary College

Dr Colin Mason, Scottish Agricultural College

Dr Becky Whay, University of Bristol

Primary Funding Source:



Non to date



















School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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