David Smith

David Smith

Dr David Smith FHEA, MRSB

Lecturer

Biography

I graduated from UCW Aberystwyth in 1985 with a degree in Agriculture. Following graduation I went on to work with the National Pig Development Company, specialising in the selection and evaluation of animals for the hybrid breeding market. After two years working in industry I completed a Certificate in Education at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1988. I was then recruited by the British Council to teach agriculture to secondary school students in the Kalahari Region of Botswana. It was during this experience that I discovered my passion for teaching practical subjects, and was instrumental in developing the learning facilities of the school. These included extensive garden development, biogas generation facilities and livestock housing. After leaving Botswana, I worked in several Further Education Colleges of Agriculture in the UK, before coning to Edinburgh in 1991 to study for an MSc in Tropical Animal Production and Health at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (CTVM). Graduating with a distinction in this subject, I was retained as a research associate at the CTVM. I worked here for the next twelve years carrying out research into improving the health and welfare of working animals in Africa and South America. I joined Aberdeen University as a teaching fellow in 2003, where I taught livestock science to undergraduates and supervised several research degrees. I joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2007, where I was mainly involved with the development of the veterinary nursing degree programme. I am now programme leader for Biological Sciences in the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier,

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Quality Assurance Agency, Higher Education subject benchmarks for veterinary nursing

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Chief Examiner: Animal based industires, Hartpury Unversity College
  • External programme reviewer: Veterinary Nursing, University of Glasgow
  • External Examiner in Veterinary Nursing, Nottingham Trent University
  • External programme reviewer: Land based subjects (SRUC)

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Honary Fellow: University of Zimbabwe
  • Honary Fellow: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • Royal Society Visiting Fellow: Fort Hare University, South Africa

 

Invited Speaker

  • Veterinary Nurse training in the UK, Kerala Veterinary Science Congress
  • Key ingredients in the integration of crop and livestock systems of Africa, Food and Agriculture Organisation

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Financial Director: Tropical Resource Consultants

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External Examiner, University of Reading
  • External Examiner: University Autonomía Estado México

 

Date


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An investigation into the prevention of perioperative hypothermia by insulating the feet of feline patients undergoing elective surgical procedures

Journal Article
Smith, D., & Percival, J. An investigation into the prevention of perioperative hypothermia by insulating the feet of feline patients undergoing elective surgical procedures. Manuscript submitted for publication

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Smith, D., & Percival, J. An investigation into the prevention of perioperative hypothermia by insulating the feet of feline patients undergoing elective surgical procedures. Manuscript submitted for publication
This study aimed to determine if covering the feet of feline patients' during surgery could help mitigate hypothermia. Thirty cats were allocated into three treatment groups;...

Regulations relating to Registered Veterinary Nurses in the United Kingdom.

Conference Proceeding
Smith, D., & Copper, B. (2015)
Regulations relating to Registered Veterinary Nurses in the United Kingdom
Veterinary nursing is now a well recognise professional route in the UK. There is considerable capacity within the industry to increase the number of veterinary nurses employ...

Veterinary Nurse training in the UK

Conference Proceeding
Cooper, B., & Smith, D. (2015)
Veterinary Nurse training in the UK
Veterinary Nursing in the UK is still a relatively young profession. Whilst it is known that there were animal nurses in existence in the late 1800’s the role and title ‘Veter...

Ensuring standards of clinical care provided by veterinary nurses through regulation, registration and accredited training.

Conference Proceeding
Smith, D., Dougherty, K., & Yates, K. (2015)
Ensuring standards of clinical care provided by veterinary nurses through regulation, registration and accredited training
The gestation of veterinary nursing as a recognised and self-regulated profession in the United Kingdom can be best described as long and difficult. Caught between the twin e...

Addressing professional competency barriers that restrict bilateral international mobility of undergraduate veterinary nursing students.

Conference Proceeding
Smith, D., & Webster, B. Addressing professional competency barriers that restrict bilateral international mobility of undergraduate veterinary nursing students. Manuscript submitted for publication

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Smith, D., & Webster, B. Addressing professional competency barriers that restrict bilateral international mobility of undergraduate veterinary nursing students. Manuscript submitted for publication
This paper is primarily aimed at addressing some of the issues that relate to student mobility in the area of veterinary nurse education across the world. Mobility of veterin...

Towards a values-based person specification for recruitment of compassionate nursing and midwifery candidates: A study of registered and student nurses' and midwives' perceptions of prerequisite attributes and key skills

Journal Article
Waugh, A., Smith, D., Horsburgh, D., & Gray, M. (2014)
Towards a values-based person specification for recruitment of compassionate nursing and midwifery candidates: A study of registered and student nurses' and midwives' perceptions of prerequisite attributes and key skills. Nurse Education Today, 34, 1190-1195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2013.12.009
Summary Selection and retention of preregistration nursing and midwifery students are issues that exercise educators, universities and commissioning bodies both nationally an...

Value and training of veterinary nurses: Curriculum and qualification.

Conference Proceeding
Smith, D. (2014)
Value and training of veterinary nurses: Curriculum and qualification

Enabling candidates to demonstrate their compassionate and caring attributes during recruitment and selection.

Presentation / Conference
Waugh, A., Smith, D., & Horsburgh, D. (2013, September)
Enabling candidates to demonstrate their compassionate and caring attributes during recruitment and selection. Paper presented at 24th International Networking for Healthcare Education, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Practical Donkey and Mule Nutrition

Book
Smith, D., & Burden, F. (2012)
Practical Donkey and Mule Nutrition. In R. J. Geor, M. Coenen, & P. Harris (Eds.), Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition: Health, Welfare and Performance, 106-140. Saunders

The effect of pasture restriction on dry matter intake by foraging donkeys in the UK.

Book Chapter
Wood, S. J., Smith, D., Morriss, C. J., & Cuddeford, D. (2012)
The effect of pasture restriction on dry matter intake by foraging donkeys in the UK. In M. Saastamoinen, M. J. Fradinho, A. S. Santos, & N. Miraglia (Eds.), Forages and grazing in horse nutrition, 163-176. Wageningen Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-755-4_17
Good pasture management on equine operations is essential to maintaining the productivity and value of the pasture as well as providing the proper nutrients and environment to...

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Use of n-alkanes for estimation of voluntary intake and digestibility in donkeys ( Equus asinus ), University Autonomía Estado México
  • Some factors affecting the DE requirements and DMI of donkeys, University of Edinburgh