Bryony Lancaster


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Bryony has supervised 2-3 MSc Equine Science student dissertations per year since 2011.  She has also supervised other MSc students on Equine related projects from other MSc programmes offered by the University of Edinburgh


Bryony is the Programme Director of the very successfull MSc in Equine Science (online) programme which is one of the first online programmes to be run from the University of Edinburgh.   Bryony leads the Horse Husbandry teaching and examining for the UG BVM&S degree offered by R(D)SVS University of Edinburgh.

Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) is Bryony's main area of academic interest.  Before taking up Co-ordination of the Equine Science programme, Bryony worked in the R(D)SVS Equine Hospital as the EGS Fund Research Assistant and Nurse.  Both Bryony's BSc and MSc research studies were conducted at the University of Edinburgh. Bryony's reseach covered a wide range of aspects of EGS from non-invasive methods of diagnosis to possible causes of disease and improving nursing methods of the chronic EGS case.  Bryony's current reseach interests are in Equitation Science and introducing learning theory and an understanding of horse training techniques into the veterinary curriculum to improve safety in the veterinary profession.

Bryony recruits, manage the training, health and welfare of the R(D)SVS's ten teaching horses, which are used for practical classes ranging from horse husbandry to surface anatomy, farriery practicals, bandaging classes, clinical skills and equitation science classes.  The BVM&S students are also involved in the horses routine veterinary care.

Bryony's hobbies include riding, competing  and enjoying her American Quarter horse, Sparky.     Bryony enjoys Western Riding as a discipline. Bryony has a husband and young son with whom she enjoys out door adventures in the Scottish countryside as often as possible.


UG BVM&S, Year 1, 2, & GEP.  Animal Life - Horse Husbandry

PG (MSc Taught Courses), MSc Applied Behaviour & Welfare, Dissertation Supervision.

PG (MSc Taught Course), MSc Equitation Science, Equine Digestion & Nutrition, Equine Exercise Physiology, Research Methods Data Analysis in Equine Science, Equine Science Dissertation, Equine Behaviour and Welfare. 

PG (MSc Taught Course), MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law,  Dissertation Supervision. 

Administrative Roles

PG teaching admin, UG teaching staff

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Research, Equine Grass Sickness Studies, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Bachelor of Science, The occurrence of Clostridium perfringens in the intestines of horses with Grass Sickness, healthy co-grazing and control horses and horses with ileus, University of the West of England

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006


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