Collaborative Research
and Development

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EBVC’s scientific approach allows us to interpret, design, coordinate and implement any new techniques or technologies in relation to animal production, health, welfare or nutrition.

We hold good relationships with a number of academic institutions and have undertaken and assisted with significant clinical trials for major pharmaceutical organisations, animal feed and supplement companies, as well as industry processors and retailers. These include:

  • Dairy Co
  • Defra
  • Marks and Spencer
  • National Assembly for Wales
  • Pfizer
  • Royal College Veterinary Services Charitable Trust
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Sciantec

Aside from independent trial work, we continue to develop our own research interests in order to keep ourselves on the cutting edge of animal production, health, welfare and nutritional science.


  • Cooper, R. L. (2013) Retained foetal membranes in cattle: the knowns and unknowns. Cattle Practice
  • Cooper R., Green, M., Macrae, A., Hayton A., and Patton, I. (2011) Clinical Forum: Strategies in Metabolic Monitoring. UKVet 16:3, p14–21
  • Cooper, R. L. and Hutley, B. J. (2010) Guide to the assessment and analysis of silage for the general practitioner. In Practice 32:1 8-15
  • Cooper R.L. (2010) On-going poor ruminal health in a south‐west dairy herd. UKVet 16:1 p16-22
  • Cooper R.L. (2010) Poor metabolic health in a south‐west dairy herd. UKVet 15:7 29-34
  • Vecqueray, R. J., Cooper, R. L. Hayton, A. J. and Husband, J. (2009) Nutritional control of SCC. Proceedings of the British Mastitis Conference, Stoneleigh Park
  • Bradley, A. J., Cooper R. L., Higgins, H. and Thomas, L. (2001). An investigation of the relationship between the strains of Escherichia coli in the environment and those causing clinical and sub-clinical IMIs. Proceedings of the 2nd International Mastitis and Milk Quality Symposium, Madison, National Mastitis Council
  • Cooper, R. L. and Husband J. A. (2012) Monitoring nutritional status of transition cows to improve health and fertility. Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition – 2012. Nottingham University Press
  • Green, M. J. and Husband J. A. (1996) Sigmoid caecal volvulus in a dairy cow treated by total typhlectomy Veterinary Record. 139(10), 233-5
  • Husband, J. A. (2005) Strategies for the Control of Milk Fever In Practice 2005; 27:88-92
  • Green, M. J., Husband, J. A., Vecqueray, R. and Green, L. (2008) Variability in Feed Components of Animal Diets: Implications for Animal Performance and Decision-Making In: Recent Advances in Ruminant Nutrition (also presented at Nottingham Feed Conference 2007)
  • Green, M. J., Husband, J. A., Huxley, J. N. and Statham, J. (2011) Role of the veterinary surgeon in managing the impact of dairy farming on the environment In Practice. 33, 366-373
  • Husband, J. A. and GREEN, M. (2002) The effect of feeding amionic salts on urine pH In: Cattle Practice. 113-120
  • Husband, J. A., Green, M. J., Vecqueray, R. J. (2006) Precalving fat mobilisation and body condition score: Risk factors for left displaced abomasa, a study of five high yielding herds in southwest England In: Cattle Practice. 209-212
  • Husband, J. A., Burnell, M., Plate, P., Blake, M., and Chamberlain, A. T. (2012) Metabolic disturbances associated with left displaced abomasum (LDA) in the first month post calving: A case-controlled study Cattle Practice, November 2012
  • RA Laven, CC Balcomb, WJ Tulley, KE Lawrence (2014) Effect of dry period length on the effect of an intramammary teat sealant on the risk of mastitis in cattle treated with antibiotics at drying off Accepted Manuscript; New Zealand Veterinary Journal
  • AS Watts & WJ Tulley (2012) Case Report: Sequelae of traumatic reticuloperitonitis in a Friesian dairy cow New Zealand Veterinary Journal, DOI:10.1080/00480169.2012.717504
  • K. Lawrence, W. Tulley, R. Laven. (June 2013) Observations on the incidence and seasonality of uterine torsion and left displaced abomasum following the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK.The Veterinary Journal, Volume 196, Issue 3, June 2013, Pages 332-338. doi:
  • WJF Tulley, B Kendall, P Williams (2012) Therapeutic timed artificial insemination in dairy cows. Cattle Practice. Volume 20 Part 3.
  • Tulley, W. J. (2011, November) An alternative surgical procedure for the preparation of teaser bulls. Livestock Science, 16(6), 1-3. doi:10.1111/j.2044-3870.2011.00064.x
  • Laven, R. A., & Tulley, W. (2011, September 3) Renal function of dairy cows with subclinical ketosis. The Veterinary Record, 169, 262. doi:10.1136/vr.d5548
  • Tulley, W. J. (2009) An outbreak of blackleg (Clostridium chauvoei) on a beef rearing and finishing unit. UK Vet- Livestock, 14(3), 33-37. doi:10.1111/j.2044-3870.2009.tb00226.x
  • Tulley, W. J. (2005) Aneurysm of the mesenteric vessels in a dairy cow. The Veterinary Record, 156(2), 60.
  • Tulley W. (2014 March) E.Coli Mastitis – The evidence for treatment. Dairy Cattle Vets Newsletter, 31(3)14-18.
  • Brangenberg N., Buckle K., Tulley W., Laven R, (2013 September) Sciatic Palsy 2013 Update Dairy Cattle Vets Newsletter, 31(1), 6-8.
  • Tulley W., Mayhew J., Laven R. (2013) Sciatic Palsy in Dairy Cows – an emerging condition? Dairy Cattle Vets Newsletter, 30(2)
  • Gordon, E., Tulley, W., Herdan, C., Pauwels, F., & Lawrence, K. E. (2011, December) Haemorrhagic bowel disease Dairy Cattle Vets Newsletter, 29(2), 6-7.
  • Tulley, W., Lawrence, K. E., Archer, M., & Johnston, J. (2011, December) Treatment of preputial prolapse in a Santa Gertrudis bull The Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians New Zealand Veterinary Association Newsletter, (40), 19-23.
  • Tulley, W. J. (2011) Lameness in ruminants - pre-conference workshop: 'Lameness extension - a global perspective'. Dairy Cattle Vets Newsletter, 28(4), 18-19.
  • Tulley, W. J. (2010) Whitewater farm DA investigation. XLVETS Farming Review, (7), 3-6

Conference Oral Presentations

  • WJ Tulley. Diagnosis and Treatment of umbilical hernias in calves. Conference presentation. Dairy Cattle Veterinarians conference, New Plymouth 27th June 2013
  • WJF Tulley, JF Weston (2012, December 13) Dairy Production Medicine in the Veterinary Curriculum 1st Ruminant Teaching Workshop, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Tulley, W. J. (2011, February 28) Management and Treatment. In 16th Symposium and 8th Conference on Lameness in Ruminants. Rotorua, New Zealand.

Research Projects

  • The efficacy of milk compositional indicators as diagnostics for dairy metabolic health
  • Urine macromineral analysis for assessment of peri-parturient hypocalcaemia risk and use of on-farm automated measurements of cow behaviour.
  • Review of the Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment of Recumbency in Adult Cattle Practice.
  • Role of the veterinary surgeon in managing the impact of dairy farming on the environment In Practice.
  • Disturbances associated with left displaced abomasum (LDA) in the first month post calving - A case-controlled study
  • Monitoring Nutritional Status of Transition Cows to Improve Health and Fertility
  • The cost of poor fertility performance in modern herds and optimum calving intervals
  • A pilot observational case-control study on the effects of foot trimming lame sheep
  • The accuracy of NiR forage analysis
  • The significance of dry matter variation in clamped forages
  • Novel methods of assessing effective fibre