Stephen Mansbridge

Stephen Mansbridge BSc (Hons), R.Anim.Sci.

Dairy Crest Lecturer in Animal Science and Bioinformatics 

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Tel: +44 (0)1952 815319
Twitter: @SCMansbridge
Academic Department: Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences
Building: Aspire Centre
Office: AC 3a
Research profile: ORCID

Registered animal scientist accredited by the British Society of Animal Science and current holder of the Dairy Crest Lectureship in Animal Science and Bioinformatics. Stephen is also an AMTRA qualified animal medicines advisor (all species), with a background in agriculture and specialist interests in animal health and non-ruminant nutrition.

Teaching Duties

I am involved in teaching on a range of modules at Foundation, Batchelor and Master levels, including:

  • C4007 - Agricultural Science 
  • C4001 - Introduction to Research Methods
  • C5002 - Research Methods
  • A4001 - Academic Development
  • A6014 - Advances in Animal Production Systems
  • F7034 - Research and Information Skills
  • A6001 - Professional Skills for Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • HRPROJ - Honours Reserch Project

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)
  • Member of the British Society of Animal Science 

Researcher Profile

Research interests in mono-gastric health and nutrition. In particular, the biological mechanisms underpinning the interactions between enzymes, minerals and macro nutrients on immunology, physiology and gene expression. Also, host and microbiome interactions, including the use of pre- and pro- biotics. My research includes work on super dosing phytase feed enzymes and pharmaceutical zinc oxide supplemetation in pigs, to impove health, performance and welfare. In addition, I have worked on straw bedding ingestion in both sows and growing pigs and how this influences nutrient digestibility. My research also covers the quality of feeding ingredients and the use of prebiotics in chickens and pigs. More information on my research can be found by clicking the research project links below.

I am a STEM Ambassador and I also support students undertaking the British Science Association's CREST Award scheme 

Research projects


Module Leader

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  • Mansbridge, S.C. (2016) Increasing the efficiency of phosphorus use in pig production, under resource limitations. Proceedings of the Sustainable Pig production Workshop - The Knowledge and Technology Exchange between the UK and Thailand, 1-4 March 2016, Bangkok, Thailand. p. 44.
  • Pirgozliev, V., Mansbridge, S., Rose, S.P. and Bravo, D. (2016) Plant extracts, energy, and immune modulation in broilers. Multi-State Poultry Feeding and Nutrition Conference and DuPont’s Technical Symposium, 24 - 26 May, Marriott East, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Mansbridge, S.C., Mackenzie, A.M., Pirgozliev, V., Walk, C.L., Bedford, M.R., Wellock, I. and Stewart, A.H. (2015) The effects of dietary digestible phosphorous, phytase and zinc oxide on the growth performance of weaner pigs. Advances in Animal Biosciences 6 (2), P. 234 (ISSN 2040-4700)
  • Mansbridge, S.C., Mackenzie, A.M., Pirgozliev, V., Skinner, L.S., Evans, N., Walk, C.L. and Stewart, A.H. (2014) Selection of reference genes suitable for normalisation of IFN-gamma and TNF mRNA expression by real-time SYBR Green polymerase chain reaction in porcine duodenum tissue. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference on Veterinary Science Research, 24th November, Singapore.
  • Beccaccia, A., Pirgozliev, V., Mansbridge, S. and Rose, S.P. (2014) Collection technique does not affect mucin concentration in ileal digesta. Programme and Summaries of the World's Poultry Science Association (UK Branch) Annual Meeting, 29 - 30th April, Nottingham University, UK.
  • Mansbridge, S.C., Atkins, N and Mackenzie, A.M. (2014) Blood collection methods: Vacutainer® selection for serum or plasma mineral analysis (pigs). Advances in Animal Biosciences, 5 (1), P. 142
  • Pirgozliev, V., Mansbridge, S., Beccaccia, A., Rose, S.P., Dimitrov, D. and Bravo, D. (2013) Mixture of carvacrol, cinnamaldehyde and capsicum oleoresin improves dietary mineral utilisation of chickens fed wheat based diet Proceedings of the International Congress on advancements in poultry productions in The Middle East and African States, 21 - 25 October 2013, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Beccaccia, A., Pirgozliev, V., Rose, P., Mansbridge, S. and Mackenzie, S. (2013) Serum amyloid A acute phase protein in blood of chickens reared on fresh and recycled litter. Proceedings of the 19th European symposium on poultry nutrition, 26 - 29th August, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Mansbridge, S.C. Stewart, A.H. (2012) An assessment of straw intake by acid insoluble markers in commercial pigs housed in straw based systems Advances in Animal Biosciences 3 (1), P. 56

Additional Information

Edited Publications

  • British Society of Animal Science. 2016. Advances in Animal Biosciences: Animal Science for a Sustainable Future, 7 (1). ISSN: 2040-4700. 
  • British Society of Animal Science. 2017. Advances in Animal Biosciences: The Future of Animal Science, 8 (1). ISSN: 2040-4700. 

Interest and Research Groups

  • HAU Molecular Biology Research Group
  • HAU Precision Livestock Farming Group
  • UK/Thailand Sustainable Pig Research Network
  • Veterinary Vaccination Network

Committee Positions

  • British Society of Animal Science (Scientific and Technical Events Committee)
  • Harper Adams Club (committee member)

Latest Updates

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815319
Twitter: @SCMansbridge
Academic Department: Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences
Building: Aspire Centre
Office: AC 3a
Research profile: ORCID

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