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Dr Louise Buckley BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), PG Cert (TLHEP), PGDip, PhD, RVN

Lecturer - Veterinary Nursing

Teaching Duties

I am involved with teaching the following modules:

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Behaviour & Welfare (module leader)
  • Applied Animal Behaviour & Welfare
  • Applied Animal Business (module leader)
  • Evidence - based Veterinary Nursing
  • Professional Skills in Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • I am also involved with the supervision and examination of veterinary nursing and behaviour related final year honours projects.

Professional experience

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.

Extracurricular and public engagement interests

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. 

Research Interests

I have particular research interests in:

  • Obesity, feed restriction, nutrition and hunger (broiler breeders & companion animals)
  • State-dependent learning
  • Evidence-based Veterinary Nursing

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) - registered veterinary nurse
  • British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)
  • International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE)
  • Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) - academic member
  • Higher Education Academy - Fellow (FHEA)
  • British Veterinary Nursing Assocation (BVNA) (Lifetime honorary member)
  • Evidence - based Veterinary Medicine Association (EBVMA)

Academic Department: Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)1952 81 5147

Office: VN17 Veterinary Services Centre

Research profile: ORCID

Publications

Other publications

  • Buckley, L. A. & Arrandale, L. (2017) The use of hides to reduce acute stress in the newly hospitalised domestic cat (Felis sylvestris catus) Veterinary Nursing Journal 32(5): 129 - 132
  • Buckley, L. A. (2017) Evidence based nursing: how to write a Knowledge Summary The VN Times 17(1): 25 - 27
  • Buckley, L. A. (2017) Are Dogs That Are Fed from a Raised Bowl at an Increased Risk of Gastric Dilation Volvulus Compared with Floor-Fed Dogs? Veterinary Evidence 2(1)
  • Buckley, L. A. (2017) Critiquing research papers? Neigh bother, any RVN can do it! Veterinary Nursing Journal 32(4): 115 - 117
  • Buckley, L. A. (2017) Are Dogs Fed a Kibble-Based Diet More Likely to Experience an Episode of Gastric Dilatation Volvulus Than Dogs Fed an Alternative Diet? Veterinary Evidence 2(2)
  • MacDonald, J., Buckley, L. A. & Mann, A. (2017) Evidence-based veterinary nursing – it’s more sexy than you might think! Veterinary Nursing Journal 32(3)
  • Buckley, L. A. (2017) Academic study, wallpapering chicken pens and a ’roach in your knicker draw: life as a PhD student. Veterinary Nursing Journal 32(2)
  • Buckley, L. A. & Lees, J. (2016) Go Slow Feeding Bowls: How Effective Are They at Getting Dogs to Eat More Slowly? Veterinary Evidence 1(4)
  • Buckley, L. A. and Lees, J. (2016) Go slow feed bowls and the behaviour of the domestic dog during feeding: a desirable environmental modification? 50th Conference of the International Society of Applied Ethology 12 - 15th July, Edinburgh, UK
  • Davidson, T. and Buckley, L. A. (2016) Can first opinion, general practice Veterinary Nurses’ recognise common avian and mammalian wildlife species brought into small animal practice? British Veterinary Nursing Association Annual Congress 7 – 9th October, Telford, United Kingdom.
  • Buckley, L. A. (2016) How to critically evaluate a research paper British Veterinary Nursing Association Annual Congress 7 – 9th October, Telford, United Kingdom.
  • Buckley, L. A. (2016) Are Dogs That Eat Quickly More Likely to Develop a Gastric Dilatation (+/- Volvulus) Than Dogs That Eat Slowly? Veterinary Evidence 1(4) (Knowledge summary)
  • Richardson, A. and Buckley, L. A. (2015) Do Veterinary staff, dog breeders and the dog owning public have differing opinions about neutering dogs under five months old? British Veterinary Nursing Association Annual Conference, 9 - 11th October, Telford, UK (unpublished conference abstract)
  • Buckley, L. A., Sandilands, V., Hocking, P. M., Tolkamp, B. J. and D'Eath, R. B. (2015) Feed-restricted broiler breeders: State-dependent learning as a novel welfare assessment tool to evaluate their hunger state? Animal Behaviour Science Volume 165: 124 - 132
  • Hunt, G., Nuttall, L. and Buckley, L. A. (2014) The effectiveness of heat and moisture exchangers at reducing core body temperature loss in canine patients that are undergoing MRI scans. British Veterinary Nursing Annual Congress, 10th – 12th October, Telford, UK. (unpublished conference presentation)
  • Buxton, J., Nuttall, L., Buckley, L. A. and Martin, E. J. (2013) An Investigation into the Age Periodontal Disease Becomes Apparent in Dogs British Veterinary Nursing Association Annual Congress, 11th - 13th October, Telford, UK (unpublished conference presentation)
  • Arrandale, L. and Buckley, L. A. (2013) The effect of providing a hide on the behaviour and physiology of cats in the first 20 minutes post admission. World Small Animal Veterinary Association / British Small Animal Veterinary Association Annual Joint Congress, Birmingham, UK
  • Buckley, L. A. and Arrandale, L. (2013) The effect of two common methods to try and reduce stress in newly hospitalised domestic cats. World Small Animal Veterinary Association / British Small Animal Veterinary Association Annual Joint Congress, Birmingham, UK
  • Straker, J. and Buckley, L. A. (2013) The use of fake grass as an elimination substrate: do hospitalised off leash dogs prefer this to concrete? World Small Animal Veterinary Association / British Small Animal Veterinary Association Annual Joint Congress, Birmingham, UK
  • Buckley, L. A., Sandilands, V., Hocking, P. M., Tolkamp, B. J. and D'Eath, R. B. (2012) The use of conditioned place preference to determine broiler preferences for quantitative or qualitative dietary restriction. Volume 53 (issue 3): 291 - 306
  • Burnett, H. and Buckley, L. A. (2012) Is water consumption affected by space allowance or feeding method in feed restricted broiler breeders? World Poultry Science (UK branch) Annual Meeting, Nottingham, UK
  • Buckley, L. and Whalley, C. (2012) Does giving dogs their preferred substrate affect willingness to urinate? World Small Animal Veterinary Association / British Small Animal Veterinary Association Annual Joint Congress, Birmingham, UK
  • Teer, S. and Buckley, L. A. (2012) Hospitalised bitches preferred to urinate and / or defecate on fake grass in a two way choice test. World Small Animal Veterinary Association / British Small Animal Veterinary Association Annual Joint Congress, Birmingham, UK
  • Buckley, L. A., Sandilands, V., Hocking, P. M., Tolkamp, B. J. and D'Eath, R. B. (2012) State - dependent learning: a welfare tool to determine the effects of various diet regimes on hunger state in the broiler breeder? International Society for Applied Ethology UK and Ireland Regional Meeting, Shropshire, UK
  • Buckley, L. A., Sandilands, V., Hocking, P. M., Tolkamp, B. J. and D'Eath, R. B. (2011) Food choices for hungry broiler breeders: do they prefer quantitative or qualitative dietary restriction? Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Summer Scholars' Meeting, Cambridge, UK
  • Buckley, L. A., Sandilands, V., Tolkamp, B. J. and D'Eath, R. B. (2011) Quantifying hungry broiler breeder dietary preferences using a closed economy T - maze task Applied Animal Behaviour Science 133 (3): 216 - 227
  • Buckley, L. A., MacMillan, L. M., Sandilands, V., Hocking, P., Tolkamp, B. J. and D'Eath, R. B. (2011) Too hungry to learn? Hungry broiler breeders fail to learn a Y-maze food quantity discrimination task ) Animal Welfare 20: 469 - 481
  • Buckley, L. A., Sandilands, V., Hocking, P. M., Tolkamp, B. J. and D'Eath, R. B. (2011) Can conditioned place preference be used to determine hungry broiler preferences for qualitative or quantitative dietary restriction? World Poultry Science Association - annual meeting, Nottingham, UK
  • Buckley, L. A., Sandilands, V., Hocking, P. M., Tolkamp, B. J. and D'Eath, R. B. (2011) Conditioned place preference: a tool to determine hungry broiler preferences. 45th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Indianapolis, USA
  • Teer, S. and Buckley, L. A. (2011) To wee or not to wee? Hospitalised female canines (Canis familiaris) preferred Astroturf to concrete in a two way simultaneous presentation choice test. 45th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Indianapolis, USA
  • Reinhart, V. (Ed.) (2010) Caring Hands: Discussions by the Laboratory Animal Refinement & Enrichment Forum Volume II Washington, USA: Animal Welfare Institute (Contribution to chapter: Killing Animals (pp. 254 - 255))
  • Buckley, L. A., MacMillan, L. M., Sandilands, V., Tolkamp, B. J., Hocking, P. M., D'Eath, R. B. (2010) How hungry is too hungry? Impaired learning leads to poorer payoffs in hungry broiler breeders (Recent Advances in Animal Welfare (UFAW Animal Welfare Conference), York, UK.)
  • Buckley, L. A., Sandilands, V., Tolkamp, B. J., D'Eath, R. B. (2010) Quantifying hungry broiler breeder preferences using a closed economy T-maze task (44th ISAE Conference, Uppsala, Sweden.)
  • Buckley, L. A., MacMillan, L. M., Sandilands, V., Tolkamp, B. J., Hocking, P. M. and D'Eath, R. B. (2010) Too hungry to learn? Hungry broiler breeders fail to learn a food quantity Y - maze task. World Poultry Science Association - annual meeting, Belfast, UK
  • Buckley, L. A. (2008) Why veterinary nurses should get involved in animal welfare research Veterinary Nursing Times January edition
  • Buckley, L. A. and Neville, R. (2003) The effect of psychological stress on oxidative damage in the cattery housed cat. Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, London, UK
Additional Information

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQVNI4O271Y

Modules

You can contact Dr Louise Buckley if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules:

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