Dr Rob Kelly

Lecturer in Farm Animal Practice


After graduating from the University of Liverpool, with an MSc in Veterinary Parasitology, I firstly worked in mixed animal practice in the UK. I have also been involved with various clinical, research and knowledge exchange livestock projects in Latin America, North and sub-Saharan Africa. I then went on to complete a part-time PhD in tropical epidemiology, with the Roslin Institute, including conducting fieldwork for 2-3 years in Cameroon investigating parasitic and zoonotic diseases in cattle. After working as a livestock clinician at the University of Glasgow, gaining Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, I returned to Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2016.

I am currently a lecturer and clinician in Farm Animal Practice at the R(D)SVS. With a passion for teaching and clinical duties, I continues to combines my interests in population medicine, parasitology and One Health.

Collaborative Activity

  • Farm Animal Clinical Sciences (SCPAHFS), School of Veterinary Medicine,  University of Glasgow, UK.
  • Veterinary Parasitology, Institute of Infection & Global Health/ School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, UK.


2014Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , University of Glasgow2011Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies The Epidemiology of bovine tuberculosis and liver fluke co-infection in Cameroon, Central Africa2006Master of Science, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Veterinary Parasitology2003Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool

Professional Qualifications

2009Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, MRCVS2016Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA

Responsibilities & affiliations


  • Farm Animal Practice and Hospital. 


  • UG and PG teaching staff
  • Farm Animal Teaching
  • Career Support Committee

Undergraduate teaching

BVM&S in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

  • Year 3: Professional and clinical skills 3
  • Year 4: Farm Animal subjects, professional and clinical skills 4
  • Year 5: Final year core and selective clinical rotations (Farm animal subjects)
  • All Years: Professional development and personal tutor. 

Postgraduate teaching

  • MVetSci in Advanced Clinical Practice: Farm animal course coordinator. 
  • MSc in Global Food Security and Nutrition: Exam board chair. 
  • Edinburgh Teaching Award: EdTA mentor (AFHEA & FHEA)

Research summary

I am a veterinary clinical academic, currently practicing population medicine as a teaching clinician in first-opinion livestock practice. With a background in clinical practice, teaching and research, I am interested in assessing the impact of livestock infectious diseases and implementing pragmatic health interventions to improve livestock health. In particular, I have experience in assessing the performance of diagnostic tests in naturally infected populations to understand the epidemiology and impact of infectious diseases. I am also passionate about using technology-enhanced learning to improve clinical outcomes and widen participation access in health education globally.  In future, I seek to collaborate on projects to improve the health and food security of livestock rearing communities in resource-limited settings.



  • Impact of parasites and other co-infections on health and infectious disease control. 
  • Assessing the performance of diagnostics, preventative and control measures.


  • Assessing the impact and improving control of zoonotic diseases.
  • Community education and knowledge exchange.


  • Blended learning methods.


Research Groups

Clinical Research Associate:

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Epidemiology, Economics and Risk Assessment. 

Research students

BVM&S SRC projects (R(D)SVS):

  • Jennie Hunt: Zoonotic diseases in pastoral and dairy cattle in Cameroon. 2016-18.
  • Tessa Cornell: Bovine trypanosome infections in the Vina Division, Cameroon. 2014-16.

Current research interests

•The epidemiology of zoonotic and parasitic infections in cattle in Cameroon, Central Africa. •Improvement of diagnostic tests for bovine tuberculosis (M. bovis) and impact of helminth co-infections in cattle. •Assessment of blended learning approaches.

Research activities

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