Lecturer in Animal and Veterinary Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
Laura is a lecturer in animal and veterinary sciences. She has a range of experience including large animals, small animals and exotic species. Laura's specialist interests include assessing animal welfare and captive wild animal husbandry and welfare.
Laura currently teaches across our Bioveterinary Science programmes and Bachelor Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVMS) programmes.
Graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science, Laura worked practically in the equine industry in equine therapy and rehabilitation with veterinary referrals and sports performance horses. She assisted reproductive technology involving practical husbandry work with brood stock and in laboratories.
She then moved into a husbandry technician and practical instructing role in an education facility working with a range of taxa including small and large mammals, herptiles, invertebrates and avian species. Her keen interest in welfare assessment developed here.
Laura progressed to become a Lecturer in Animal Studies teaching across a range of animal science, welfare and conservation topics which led to her completing a MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health through the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
Alongside teaching, Laura was research-active. She investigated the conservation of native Red Squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris), with a particular focus on optimal non-invasive DNA collection techniques to analyse genetic diversity in fragmented populations, working alongside Natural England at Formby Nature Reserve, Lancashire.
Laura took a break from teaching in 2019 to take up a position as a Curriculum Manager in Animal Studies overseeing a large educational animal collection containing a variety of domestic and exotic species including captive wild animals, alongside co-ordinating and supervising visiting ungraduate research projects at the collection. Laura joined us in 2023 as part of the lecturing team.
- MSc Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health, University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, 2017
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2014
- BSc (Hons) Equine Science (Physiology), University Centre Myerscough, 2010
- UCLan Golden Rose – Most Innovative Teaching Award 2016
- Animal welfare
- Technology as a welfare indicator
- Human animal interface
- Captive wild animal husbandry and welfare
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) – Member
- Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) – Member