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Dr Amy Jennings

Lecturer in Farm Animal Practice

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh
The epidemiology of Theileria parva in a cohort of short horn zebu calves
Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool
Bachelor in Veterinary Conservation Medicine

Professional Qualifications

Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, MRCVS
2016Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle), CertAVP (Cattle)

Office Hours

09:00 - 17:00


Following graduation from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007, I worked in mixed practice in the Midlands for 18 months. I joined the Univeristy of Edinburgh in 2009 as a research assistant and then as a PhD student working on the Infectious Diseases of East African Livestock (IDEAL) project, a cohort study investigating the outcomes of calves during their first year of life. Following completion of my PhD I spent a short amount of time in mixed practice in Perth before re-joining the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in the Farm Animal Practice. I work as part of a team providing first opinion clinical services to clients. I provide clinical teaching to veterinary students, and am involved in the research output from the department. I have a particular interest in calf health, and differential outcomes following infection. I am also interested in student education and the development of effective methods of teaching and mentoring.

Administrative Roles

Production Animal

  • Farm Animal Practice / DHHPS
  • Farm Animal Hospital



  • UG teaching staff
  • Student support
  • Pre-Clinical Teaching
  • Farm Animal Teaching



Year 3

Professional & Clinical Skills 3

Year 4

Farm Animal

Professional & Clinical Skills 4

Year 5

Final Year Rotations

Student Selected Component 2

All Years

Professional Development



Research students

Vikki Shepherd,  R(D)SVS, SSC2 project: Investigation into the association of recycled bedding on mastitis incidence on a dairy farm, COMPLETED

Ellie Cowton, R(D)SVS, SSC2 project: Identification of risk factors for vaginal prolapse in ewes in South East Scotland, CURRENT

Anne McMillan, R(D)SVS, SSC2 project: The association with Johnes disease in cattle and Crohne's disease in humans CURRENT

Alicia Laniak, R(D)SVS, SRC project: Phytogenic Products used as an Alternative to Antibiotic Growth Promoters in Livestock Animals (library project) CURRENT

Jennie Hunt, R(D)SVS, SRC project: Zoonotic disease in cattle in Cameroon. CURRENT

David Bell, R(D)SVS and SRUC: Preventing Respiratory Disease in Dairy Calves. PhD Supervisor.

Andrew Gibson, R(D)SVS and Mission Rabies: Rabies vaccination and reduction in disease in Goa, PhD internal examiner


Current Research Interests

Heifer rearing: outcome monitoring.

Respiratory disease in calves: the effect of local climate and housing.

Temporal and individual variation in worm egg counts within a population.

The impact of co-infection and its interaction with immunity and genotype in short horn zebu calves

Research Interests


Risk factor analysis

Cohort / longitudinal studies

Infectious disease outcomes


Research activities & awards

  1. Why do animals look like they do and what happens when they go wrong?

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachSchools engagement

  2. Veterinary Record

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

  3. Veterinary Parasitology

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer-review

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