Tamsin Coombs

Tamsin Coombs


  • Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

  • Assessment of welfare in equines and farm animals.
  • Prenatal antecedents of behaviour, health and welfare in farm animals and equines.
  • Human behaviour and its impact upon animal welfare


  • MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, University of Edinburgh/ SRUC- 2016 onwards
  • MSc Equine Science (Equine Behaviour, Welfare & Ethics course) University of Edinburgh- 2017 onwards
  • BSc Equine Science and Management (Yr 3 & Yr 4 Equine behaviour, welfare and ethics modules), SRUC -2021 onwards


Welfare of horses kept in alternative management systems, The Horse Trust (2022 - 23)

Behavioural indicators of welfare in racehorses, HKJC (2021 - 22)

Traveller & Gypsy horse welfare, The Horse Trust (2017 -)


  • Member of expert panel on OIE standards on Working Equine Welfare (2021)
  • Consultant on World Horse Welfare project looking at horse owners educational needs and priorities (2021)
  • External Examiner for Hartpury University Equine programmes (2022 onwards)


Co-supervisor on two PhD projects (2017- 2021)

  • Horse Welfare within Traveller/ Gypsy communities; an ethnic group often under-represented in horse welfare research
  • Improving the survival of lambs from larger litters


Successfully supervised 26 MSc dissertation projects (2015-2021)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The effect of selection for lean tissue growth on muscle fibre characteristics in lambs, and the implications for welfare, University of Edinburgh


Master, MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, University of Edinburgh


Bachelor, BSc (Hons) Equine Science (Equitation Science) , University of Limerick



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