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I am a senior lecturer in veterinary science education and explore how we educate people in STEMM fields. My main interest is in research methodology, and I teach in this area at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am primarily a methodologist, and work interdisciplinarily with an interest in metascience, so my research interests are broad. I have research interests in widening participation in higher education, technology enhanced learning, veterinary identity, and human-animal relationships in digital spaces, but I will collaborate on just about anything if there's an interesting question about how it should measured!

I’m very passionate about public engagement with science and blog regularly at jillymackay.com. I have also written a popular science book on animal personality. I participate in many science festivals and am happy to do guest spots with student groups or special interest groups when asked.

Please feel free to contact me with any queries.  

Current Research Interests

Within metascience: Gender representation in science, the impact of open science philosophies on research

Within education research: Digital education (effectiveness, utilisation and effects on experience), widening participation, student learning, student experience, staff teaching experience, effective public engagement.

Within human-animal relationships: animal support, companion animal welfare, animal welfare education.

Research Groups

I am based within the VMED (Veterinary Medical Education) research group. We have a wide remit looking at many aspects of veterinary education including student support and wellbeing, feedback and assessment and e-learning.

I am associated with the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security which aims to support decision making to transform agri-food systems and food security.


I also maintain links with the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education group at R(D)SVS, reflecting my interest in personality and human-animal relationships. 


Veterinary Undergraduate (BVM&S)

  • Student Research Component

Agricultural Science BSc (Hons)

  • Professional Skills for Agri Food Scientists

Clinical Animal Behaviour Online MSc

  • Principles of Animal Behaviour

  • Anthrozoology

 International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law Online MSc

  • Research Planning and Methodology in Animal Welfare

Administrative Roles

Course leader: Research Planning and Methodology in Animal Welfare (International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law Online MSc)

Exam board chair: Integrated Farm and Clinical Course

R(D)SVS Director of Quality Assurance and Enhancement


I run a public engagement blog: https://jillymackay.com


I produce a number of media resources as open educational resources. My OER playlist on Media Hopper can be found here. I also have a number of Animal Behaviour and Welfare Concepts and Frequently Asked Questions in research methods on Media Hopper.


I also teach within: 


Education/Academic qualification

Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Characterising personality traits in cattle through the use of biotelemetry systems, University of Edinburgh

6 Jan 20101 Jun 2013

Award Date: 6 Jun 2013

Zoology, Master in Science, University of Glasgow

1 Aug 20041 Jun 2009

Award Date: 1 Jun 2009


  • L Education (General)
  • digital education
  • SF Animal culture
  • production animals
  • QL Zoology
  • behaviour
  • welfare
  • behavioural ecology
  • human animal relations


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