Mrs Bryony Lancaster

Master Programme Co-Ordinator and Teaching Fellow


Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) is my main area of academic interest.  Before taking up my current position I worked in the R(D)SVS Equine Hospital as the EGS Fund Research Assistant and Nurse.  Both my BSc and MSc research studies were conducted at the University of Edinburgh. My 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.  My 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. 

I manage and teach on the MSc in Equine Science distance education programme offered by the R(D)SVS.  I co-ordinate the MSc in Internatational Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law. I teach on the BVM&S programme. 

I 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 able to help with the day to day care of the teaching horses. 

My hobbies include looking after and training my young American Quarter horse.  I am particularly interested in improving horse husbandry of domestic horses and training techniques based on learning theory.  I enjoy Western Riding as a discipline. 


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

Responsibilities & affiliations

PG teaching admin, UG teaching staff

Undergraduate teaching

UG BVM&S, Year 1, Animal Health Welfare & Food Safety 1

Postgraduate teaching

PG (MSc Taught Courses), MSc Applied Behaviour & Welfare, Animal Welfare Applications.

PG (MSc Taught Course), MSc Equine Science, Equine Digestion & Nutrition, Equine Exercise Physiology 2, Research Methods in Equine Science, Equine Science Dissertation. 

PG (MSc Taught Course), MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law, International Animal Welfare Science, IAWE&L Dissertation. 

Research summary

MSc Equine Science Dissertation Students

April Babka - 2014

David Stack - 2014

Caroline Lindsay -2014

Sheena Brown - 2014

Katrina Park - 2013

Sarah Gilliver - 2011

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