Jess Irving

Knowledge Transfer and University Liaison

Jess graduated from Harper Adams University with a BSc(Hons) Equine Science in 2014 and Liverpool University in 2015 with an MRes Clincal Sciences. Jess’ undergraduate research project investigated the efficacy of Regumate use in mares with true hypolutealism to prevent Early Embryonic Loss, working alongside Liverpool University and Cheshire stud farms. Her specialist research interests include veterinary physiology  and the effects of management and the environment on both physiology and behaviour. Following education, Jess worked in industry as a bioveterinary scientist in a small animal orthopaedics company,  responsible for the autologous stem cell production service, whilst overseeing the running of the bone allograft production. Over the last four years, she has had a career as an academic – lecturing undergraduate students and working as Programme Leader at University Centre Reaseheath, producing, developing, validating and overseeing industry-focussed degrees in both equine and canine science. Her role as Programme Leader has also included significant collaboration with other colleges and university centres to develop high-quality degrees, and considerable industry networking. She has undertaken applied, industry-linked research, including her work in small animal orthopaedics and supervising undergraduate dissertation students. Jess is additionally a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and an Academic Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and is passionate about the dissemination of applied research to the general public.

Jess is currently completing her BBSRC CASE PhD at Manchester University, focusing on the effect of varying management regimes and environmental effects on equid gut inflammation and microbiome dysbiosis.

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