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2016 – 2018 University of Edinburgh, Senior Clinical Training Scholarship
2011 – 2014 University of Edinburgh, CertAVP (Sheep)
2001 – 2007 University of Cambridge, MA Cantab VetMB MRCVS
1998 – 2000 Ludlow College, A-levels
1993 – 1998 Wigmore High School
June 2015 to March 2016 and March 2018 to present:
Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health & Food Safety, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow.
- Teaching practical clinical skills: ovine and bovine body condition scoring, clinical examination, ultrasound scanning of chest, abdomen and per rectum in cattle; on-farm anaesthetic and surgical techniques, bovine foot trimming, ovine nutrition.
- Supervision and teaching of final year students during clinical work, including hospital rounds; case work up, diagnostic testing and treatment; tutorials on clinical scenarios; on-farm routine visits, including pregnancy diagnosis, calf castrations and clinical case management.
- Lecturing on ovine lameness, obstetrics and perinatal disease, lamb growth etc
- Hospital case management and diagnostic work up, feeding information back to the referring vet and farm of origin.
- Flock health consultation.
- Examining students (written and practical exams).
March 2016 to March 2018:
Farm Animal Practice, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. Main responsibilities:
- All aspects of farm animal practice clinical duties and out of hours rota cover.
- Flock health planning for commercial and research farms.
- Undertaking research projects in ovine parasitology – publications pending.
- Teaching students while on farm calls and in the farm animal hospital.
- Contributing to the consultancy service provided by the Dairy Herd Health and Productivity Service.
October 2013 - 2016:
Sheep Veterinary Consultancy: An arable/vegetable farm in Suffolk (combined area approximately 6000 acres), engaged my services to provide health planning advice, while establishing a new 1000+ ewe flock.
July 2011 to April 2015: Hay Veterinary Group, Hay-on-Wye. Main responsibilities:
- All aspects of mixed practice, 70% farm animal (predominantly sheep and beef), 25% small animal, 5% equine.
- Sheep and beef preventative health planning – with Welsh government funding.I actively encouraged farmers and colleagues to make the most of this
- Educational meetings and workshops – again with Welsh government funding, I organised, chaired and presented meetings and workshops on Liver Fluke, Ram Fertility, Lambing and Lamb Post Mortems, etc.
- Farming Connect business club meetings – small discussion group meetings, with Dr Catherine Nakielny.
- Investigating an unusual on-farm Ovine Johne’s Disease scenario with the Moredun Research Institute.
- Regular post mortem examinations of sheep, and occasionally cattle.
- Ram vasectomies and ram fertility examinations.
- A small trial of lamb growth rate and trace element supplementation.
- TB testing.
June 2008 – April 2011: Drybridge Veterinary Clinic, Monmouth
60% small animal, 30% farm animal, 10% equine
- During this time I re-introduced flock health planning into the practice – this sparked my interest in preventative flock medicine.
- During the 2007/2008 UK outbreak of bluetongue virus, I organised two farmer meetings with a guest speaker to talk about the disease; these were well attended.
- Meat Promotion Wales, Novartis and Aberystwyth University helped me to host an on-farm event about the effective and responsible control of helminths.
- Farm animal work consisted mainly of beef and sheep, with a small amount of dairy work.
September 2007 – May 2008: Monnow Bridge Veterinary Centre, Monmouth
95% small animal, 5% farm
(The move from Monnow Bridge Vets to Drybridge Vets was made with the express permission of my first practice, as they knew I wanted to do more farm work)
Contributor to the European collaborative project SheepNet.
Chief conference organiser for the Sheep Veterinary Society, 2016/2017.
Executive committee member of the Sheep Veterinary Society, 3 year term from September 2014.
Delegate and speaker at the International Sheep Veterinary Congress 2017.
Delegate at ECSRHM residents training in respiratory disease, Zaragoza January 2017
Sheep Veterinary Society Congress: regular attendee since 2010.
Talking Sheep meetings, Hereford 2012 (as Chairman) and 2013 (as a speaker); Shrewsbury 2015 (as a speaker).
BSAVA Congress 2009
BCVA Congress 2006, 2007 and 2009. BCVA youngstock course 2016.
CPD Solutions, Camelid day
McIntyre, J., Hamer, K., Morrison, A. A., Bartley, D. J., Sargison, N., Devaney, E. and Laing, R. (2018)Hidden in plain sight - multiple resistant species within a strongyle community. Veterinary Parasitology, 258, pp. 79-87.(doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2018.06.012)
Hamer, K., Bartley, D., Jennings, A., Morrison, A.and Sargison, N. (2018) Lack of efficacy of monepantel against trichostrongyle nematodes in a UK sheep flock. Veterinary Parasitology, 257, pp. 48-53. (doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2018.05.013)
Crilly, J, Politis, A & Hamer, K 2016, 'Use of ultrasonographic examination in sheep veterinary practice' Small Ruminant Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.smallrumres.2016.12.021
Page, P. & Hamer, K., 2017. Sheep Keeping. 1 ed. Sheffield: 5M Publishing.
Page, P. and Hamer, K. (2017) Sheep Keeping.Series: Professional smallholder series. 5m Publishing: Sheffield. ISBN 9781910455937
Other work experience:
2000-2001 Year in Industry, British Energy
NEBS Management, Certificate in Management
Outdoor activities: hill walking, mountain biking, skiing
Dancing: Ballroom and Latin.
June 2011: Voluntary work in Mongolia, with V.E.T.Net Mongolia, which included assisting vets in their small animal clinic; teaching locally-trained vets as part of a Master’s program that the charity have developed; travelling in a rural area to treat livestock and train herders and vets.
2007-2009: Young Farmers Club: Butcher’s beef stock judging at national competitions; flower arranging.
2005-2006: Year-group representative and committee member of the Cambridge University Veterinary Society.
2002-2004: Womens’ 7-a-side rugby, Intercollegiate League Champions 2004
August 2001: Tearfund Rural Development Project, Kenya