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I am a research veterinary clinician specialising in the health and welfare of dairy cows. I began my career as a farm animal clinician, initially at Bristol Veterinary School and then in commercial private practice, almost immediately specializing in dairy cow health. Following a PhD on bovine mastitis, my first academic appointment was at the University of Bristol. In 2006, I became one of the founding members of academic staff at the University of Nottingham’s new Veterinary School. I made a major contribution to the ground up development of the School’s innovative and highly commended degree programme, both broadly across the curriculum and specifically in farm animal studies, for which I took the leading role. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have been an external examiner at the Royal Veterinary College, London and University College Dublin. I currently sit on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Course Accreditation Visitations Panel.
In my clinical discipline I hold the RCVS Diploma in Cattle Health and Production and the European Diploma in Bovine Health Management. I established the ECBHM residency programme at Nottingham and have supervised 11 certificate and diploma post-graduates in my discipline.
My research interests are in the key endemic diseases of dairy cows and the impact of production on animal health and welfare. I have been an itegral contributor to research and research infrastructure awards totalling to over 7.5M pounds sterling (15M NZD) since 2006. My most recent research activities have focused on lameness in dairy cows, the welfare of cattle and the impact of dairy housing on health and production. Lameness is a significant health, welfare and production issue is developed dairy systems worldwide. My work has focused on furthering understanding of the aetiopathogenesis of claw horn disease (white line disease and sole ulcer / haemorrhage) and identifying practical treatment and prevention options for use on farm. I pride myself in delivering high impact solutions to the dairy industry and veterinary professions. In the 2014 REF assessment of research quality in UK universities (http://www.ref.ac.uk/about/), I authored / co-authored two Impact Cases which were described by the review panel as 'outstanding' ( http://impact.ref.ac.uk/CaseStudies/CaseStudy.aspx?Id=28730 and http://impact.ref.ac.uk/CaseStudies/CaseStudy.aspx?Id=28721). I am currently an editor for the Health, Behaviour and Well-being section of the Journal of Dairy Science (https://www.journalofdairyscience.org/) and in 2018, I was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to clinical veterinary practice.
Jon Huxley was raised on the family dairy farm in North Wales and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1995. Following time in commercial farm animal practice and at Bristol Veterinary School he became a foundation staff member at the University of Nottingham’s new Veterinary School in 2006. In 2018 he moved to Massey to become Head of the School of Veterinary Science and Professor of Dairy Cow Health.
Dairy cow health and welfare
Lameness and the key edemic diseases of dairy cattle
Impact of production and the housed environment on cattle health and welfare
Resource Development and Management, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Animal Management (070203): Animal Production (070200): Veterinary Epidemiology (070704): Veterinary Medicine (070706): Veterinary Sciences (070700)