I am involved with teaching the following modules:
I am a practicing registered veterinary nurse and work regularly in veterinary practice for a well known chain of emergency clinics alongside my lecturing commitments at Harper. I also locum for a various local veterinary practices during the summer vacation in order to remain clinically competant and appreciative of the current clinical experiences of our students. If you are a vet practice within a 30 mile radius of Harper Adams and are interested in a Harper vet nursing lecturer or teaching assistant covering occasional, out of term time, locum gaps, please get in contact. We may be able to help.
I am passionate about giving students the opportunities to develop practical skills that help promote animal welfare and am always looking for practical opportunities to get our students promoting welfare to the wider community. If you are reading this, and have suggestions for other activities we could be involved in, please get in contact as I would love to hear from you!
I am also a STEM ambassador (www.stemnet.org.uk/ambassadors/) and am involved in a number of outreach projects aimed at young people in the Shropshire area.
I have particular research interests in:
Academic Department: Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)1952 81 5147
Office: VN17 Veterinary Services Centre
Research profile: ORCID
I joined Harper Adams in October 2010 whilst in the write-up phase of my PhD. I obtained my PhD in 2012.
PhD topic: Food choices for hungry broiler breeders: do they prefer qualitative or quantitative dietary restriction?
Below is a link to one of my chicken experiments. In this experiment, I tried to teach hungry broiler breeders to associate different diet qualities and quantities with different colour T-maze arms. At the end of each colour arm was a chicken pen that contained a portion of feed.
The idea was that once birds had learnt which colour arm led to which diet they could then 'tell me' which diet they preferred (which made them feel more satiated) by reliably choosing to run down the coloured arm (and into the pen) which led to their favourite food. Unfortunately most didn't show a preference. As I found out in a later experiment - broiler breeders fed to feed commercial levels of feed restriction found the task too hard to learn (but could learn it if not very hungry).
This clip shows a hungry chicken deciding which way to go:
You can contact Dr Louise Buckley if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules: