Dr Teresa Hollands
Dr Teresa Hollands is an internationally renowned clinical equine nutritionist who with over 30 years in practice has provided CPD and support to Vets and Professional horse owners in the UK as well as the USA, (Western Seaboard and Kentucky Equine Research Conferences) Europe (French Vet School tour), Germany and France; worked with Liverpool Vet School by providing CPD to Vets in Ukraine and more recently EU sponsored workshops for vets in Estonia and Czech Republic. Teresa led the nutrition team that provided equine nutritional support to Team GB in the run up to and after London 2012.
Working in the feed industry, Teresa sat on the Agricultural Industries Confederation Legal and Scientific Advisory Committee; was a founder member of the British Equine Trade Association’s feed committee, developing the original Feed Code of Practice, sat on the PFMA Veterinary and Nutrition Advisory Committee, was an external industry advisor for numerous equine college BSc courses, wrote a BTEC in nutrition for retailers. Presenting at the clinical sessions at BEVA, Teresa taught across nearly all the UK Vet schools in their 2nd , 4th and final year electives for over 15years and was appointed a specialist visiting lecturer (equine nutrition) at Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Developing close working relationships with Vets as part of the successful marketing campaign that she managed as Senior Marketing Manager for Europe’s largest manufacture of horse feed, resulted in Vet referrals accounting for over 50% of helpline calls. Responsible for the training of the technical sales team and Nutritional Helpline, Teresa also instigated and managed the successful Internal Conferences on Feeding Horses from 1997-2002, which bought international nutrition researchers to the UK to provide up to date info to clients and vets. The trust in the advice was based on the research and development and evidence base that underpinned all the advice provided. Originally a multispecies animal nutritionist, Teresa provided Chudleys Dog Food with nutritional support. Her career started as a general nutritionist working for a farming coop where she worked with large dairy farms, and numerous feed manufactures who utilised the raw material (alfalfa) in their rations across all herbivores.
Sharing with surrey students her 25 years of client evenings, client yard visits and CPD provision to vets in practice, 20 yrs of research, 15 years marketing management, 40 yrs of owning & competing with horses and 20 yrs of owning dogs; Teresa provides nutritional training to vet and vet bio students, with emphasis on evidence based, client friendly communication of what is the cornerstone of preventative health, encouraging the vets of the future to consider nutrition as the 5th vital sign.
University roles and responsibilities
- Senior Teaching Fellow Veterinary Nutrition
- Joint Programme Director Veterinary BioScience
- Module Leader BMS2054 Animal Nutrition
- Module Lead VMS3001 Research Module-
- Academic Integrity Officer
New research questions the use of nutritional supplements in dressage and eventing horses
In the media
- The role of nutrition in minimising the risk of disease/ as preventative medicine
- Client/Vet communication and the use of evidence based nutritional practice
- The use of wearables to increase the health and welfare of equids in lower and middle income countries
Postgraduate research supervision
Jenny Lyndon is a mature student who is self funding a PhD investigating the role communication between the farrier, vet and client in minimising the risk of laminitis. She is based in The School of Psychology and her supervision is shared by myself and Professor Jane Ogden
Nutrition is recognised as being the cornerstone of health within the School of Veterinary Medicine. As part of our strategy to equip our graduates to be Vets of the Future, we are responding to the call from clients for vets to be fully engaged with the nutrition and feeding of all species. We acknowledge that every system in the body is either directly or indirectly effected by nutrition and as such nutrition should be part of every clinical consult in both healthy and ill animals.
As such we do not teach nutrition in an isolated module rather it is integrated in every module from 1st through to 5th across all the species.
A similar approach is taken in Vet Bio-science where Animal Nutrition is taught alongside Animal Behaviour and Food Science