Mrs Bryony Lancaster

Programme Director MSc Equine Science and Lecturer in Horse Husbandry


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 and then directorship 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 Horse Husbandry and 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.  Three of our horses are from World Horse Welfare and the school has National Equine Welfare Council accreditation with regard to our teaching horse care, health and welfare.

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.


Master of Research, University of Edinburgh, Dissertation Thesis: Equine Grass Sickness Studies

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

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Postgraduate teaching, co-ordination and administration
  • Undergraduate teaching
  • Member of R(D)SVS Human Ethics Research Committee
  • Member of Equine Grass Sickness Fund Committee
  • Member of the National Equine Welfare Council
  • Academic member of International Society of Equitation Science

Undergraduate teaching

UG BVM&S, Years 1, 2 & GEP, Animal Health & Food Safety.

Postgraduate teaching

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

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

PG (MSc Taught Course), MSc International Animal Welfare, IAWE&L Dissertation. 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Bryony is main supervisor for 2-3 MSc Equine Science dissertation students per year, and she also runs and supports up to 25 students per year on the Equine Science Dissertation course. 

Research summary

  • Equine Grass Sickness
  • Equitation Science
  • Horse Husbandry
  • Horse Industry
  • Online Learning


Current project grants

Animal Morris Foundation Grant for Validation of a Chronic Pain Monitoring Instrument for Owner Recognition of Osteoarthritis Pain in Horses Through Behavioral Indicators
Equine Grass Sickness Fund Grant for development of an Equine Grass Sickness continuing professional development online course.

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