Laura Green


Laura Elizabeth Green OBE FRSB is a British epidemiologist and academic who is Pro-vice-chancellor and Head of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.[1][2] She serves on the council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Laura Green

Laura Elizabeth Green
Alma materUniversity of Bristol (BSc, PhD)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Scientific career
Animal diseases
InstitutionsUniversity of Warwick
University of Birmingham
ThesisA prospective longitudinal study of diseases of lambs in early lambing (housed) flocks (1992)

Early life and educationEdit

Green studied veterinary medicine at the University of Bristol. She worked briefly as a veterinarian, before starting a Master's degree in epidemiology. She earned her master's degree at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She returned to the University of Bristol for her doctorate, where she studied the diseases of lambs in early lambing flocks.[3]

Research and careerEdit

Green joined the University of Warwick in 1999, where she was made a Chair in 2005.[4] Her research considers the endemic diseases of farmed livestock.[5][6] She has investigated infectious diseases in cattle including Mycobacterium bovis (bovine tuberculosis), sheep (caseous lymphadenitis) and pigs (postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome).[7][8] Green studied foot rot in sheep and used her findings to support farmers.[9] She demonstrated that quick treatment with antibiotics can reduce lameness in sheep.[4][10] Specifically, a single injection of antibiotics helped 95% of sheep.[11][12] Her findings reduced the prevalence of foot rot by 50%, which is estimated to save the foot sheep industry £2 million a year.[13] She has also investigated how farmers attitudes and personalities impacted their management of livestock.[14][15] In 2014 Green was appointed Head of the School of Life Sciences. She was made Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Warwick in 2017.[16]

Green joined the University of Birmingham as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences in 2018.[16] She serves on the advisory board of the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme.[17]

Awards and honoursEdit

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Green, L.E.; Hedges, V.J.; Schukken, Y.H.; Blowey, R.W.; Packington, A.J. (2002). "The Impact of Clinical Lameness on the Milk Yield of Dairy Cows". Journal of Dairy Science. 85 (9): 2250–2256. doi:10.3168/jds.s0022-0302(02)74304-x. ISSN 0022-0302. PMID 12362457.
  • Whay, H. R.; Main, D. C. J.; Green, L. E.; Webster, A. J. F. (16 August 2003). "Assessment of the welfare of dairy caftle using animal-based measurements: direct observations and investigation of farm records". Veterinary Record. 153 (7): 197–202. doi:10.1136/vr.153.7.197. ISSN 0042-4900. PMID 12956296. S2CID 40615566.*"The Microbial Habitat: An Ecological Perspective". Microbial Ecology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: 103–130 26 September 2011. doi:10.1002/9781118015841.ch4. ISBN 978-1-118-01584-1.


  1. ^ a b Laura Green publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  2. ^ Laura Green publications from Europe PubMed Central
  3. ^ Green, Laura Elizabeth (1992). A prospective longitudinal study of diseases of lambs in early lambing (housed) flocks. (PhD thesis). University of Bristol. OCLC 931563786.
  4. ^ a b "REF Case study search". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Green Group Research". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Professor Laura Green – Animal Welfare Research Network". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Laura Green's previous research". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Footrot in sheep contacts". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  9. ^ Editor, FM Web (11 January 2013). "Norfolk farmer recognised for contribution to countryside education". Farming Monthly National. Retrieved 16 March 2020. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  10. ^ "Antibiotics could slash cases of sheep lamenessw". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Lameness in sheep treatment guidelines save UK farmers £700M". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Research into commonest cause of sheep lameness". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Professor Laura Green receives veterinary society award". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  14. ^ O’Kane, Holly; Ferguson, Eamonn; Kaler, Jasmeet; Green, Laura (2017). "Associations between sheep farmer attitudes, beliefs, emotions and personality, and their barriers to uptake of best practice: The example of footrot". Preventive Veterinary Medicine. SVEPM 2016 - Annual Conference of The Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. 139 (Pt B): 123–133. doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2016.05.009. ISSN 0167-5877. PMC 5409802. PMID 27371994.
  15. ^ "Research Says Singling Out Sheep Will Save 1.3 Million from Lameness". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Leading animal scientist appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Rural Economy and Land Use Programme". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Norfolk farmer recognised at agricultural awards". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Professor Laura Green appointed to BBSRC Council". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Professor Laura Green awarded OBE". Retrieved 16 March 2020.