Dr Amy Jennings (BSc BVetMed PhD FHEA CertAVP (cattle) MRCVS)

Lecturer in Production Animal Infectious Disease Management


Following graduation from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007, I worked in mixed practice in the Midlands for 18 months. I joined the University 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. I am currently working on two research areas, investigating the epidemiology of Border Disease in the UK sheep flock (in collaboration with JP Crilly and Emily Gascoigne), and zoonitic diseases in cattle in Cameroon working with Rob Kelly and Mark Bronsvoort. 


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

Professional Qualifications

Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, MRCVS2016Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Cattle), CertAVP (Cattle)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Production Animal

  • Farm Animal Practice / DHHPS
  • Farm Animal Hospital



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

Undergraduate 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, COMPLETED

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

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

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

Amanda Foo, R(D)SVS, SRC proejct: The use of thermal imaging equipment for early detection of lameness in cattle. COMPLETED

Sophie Porter, R(D)SVS, SRC project: Mismothering in gimmers.

Postgraduate teaching



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

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

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

The epidemiology of Border Disease 

Zoonotic disease in cattle in Cameroon

Current research interests

EPIC – Monitoring and building Scotland’s surveillance capacity I work within the surveillance theme in EPIC. I integrate with animal health experts in Scottish government to provide evidence for policy makers. EPIC is providing expertise to optimise and develop the use of livestock data in Scotland to prevent the spread of exotic and new diseases and to monitor and reduce the impact of endemic disease. This is essential for the maintenance of the high standards of health and welfare in the livestock industry and to maintain the reputation of the Scottish livestock brand. We aim to increase the participation of stakeholders along the supply chain in this work by inclusion of their data in syndromic monitoring systems. With current uncertainty around the future trading environment for Scottish livestock, we are assessing and develop systems for monitoring ‘freedom from disease’ to maintain our opportunity to trade and protect our own stock. We will also continue to assess the coverage and impact of the current surveillance system and develop it to meet the needs of this changing environment. (Link back to EPIC section). AHDB – Improving neonatal survival of lambs and suckled calves The neonatal period is a high risk time for any animal, with the risk of death (as opposed to culling or slaughter) diminishing rapidly with age on most farms. There is an immediate production loss from neonatal death (suckler cows and ewes with no offspring become unproductive units until they give birth again). In addition, neonatal morbidity has a sometimes harder to measure impact on welfare and future production, and leads to prophylactic and reactive antibiotic use. The current practice on most farms, with respect to neonatal health, is extrapolated from evidence from rearing dairy calves, or is based on anecdote and practice. We aim to develop evidence based advice that enables farmer’s to develop best practices for their farm. Context specific vet led evidence based practice. This project pulls together information on current husbandry practice and farmer attitudes with neonatal morbidity and mortality data to identify practices that increase survival and reduce morbidity and antimicrobial use. This risk based approach will then be integrated into an on-farm health planning tool that will allow farmers and vets to work together to prioritise actions to improve their farm’s calf and lamb performance. This project is funded by AHDB (https://ahdb.org.uk/news/survey-launched-to-improve-neonatal-survival) jointly with Hyb Cig Cymru and Quality Meat Scotland, and forms a collaboration between Liverpool, Nottingham, and Edinburgh University, and Synergy Farm Health. Others working on this project within the group and within Edinburgh University are Rob Kelly, Andy Hopker, Alex Corbishley, and Katie Adams (link to all these staff members pages?). The project will be piloting the control plan in the spring of 2020. CLGTH – legacy of the IDEAL project The field work on this project finished in 2010. However, the samples and data continue to be utilised to answer animal health questions, because of the careful development of a well-documented biobank and open access database. The project recruited Short Horn Zebu calves at birth and followed them for the first year of their live to investigate predictors for health and production outcomes. Having been involved in the field sampling and data analysis as part of my PhD, I continue to work peripherally with the legacy project following up from IDEAL, a project within the Gates Foundation funded pCEntre for Livetock Genetics and Health. (Can you just link me to your paragraph about the CLTGH stuff?) The epidemiology of parasites in populations Alongside several collaborators (Prof Neil Sargison, Kim Hamer, James Crilly, Mike Evans) I have worked with longitudinal data sets from sheep and horses investigating the epidemiology of strongyles through time. We have also investigated and published on anthelminthic resistance.

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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