Andrea D. Ellis


PhD; BSc (Hons); Dip Eu Hum; Cert. Ed.; 


United Kingdom


Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Biology)

Bachelor of Science (Honours First Class, Equine Science)

Diploma in European Humanities

Certificate of Further Education

Member of the Royal Society of Biology

General Subject Area

Biology; Research; Animal Nutrition; Animal Behaviour; Animal Welfare

Specialist Areas

Equine Nutrition; Nutrition and Behaviour interactions; Statistics; Human-Animal Ethics; Ration calculation and Energetics;

Course Tutor/Manager for

The Art of Horsemanship  – Level 1

Global Equine Nutrition – Level 3

Introduction to Research and Statistics - Level 2



Dr Andrea Ellis is a renowned equine scientist, who has had horses in her blood from an early age both as an artist and scientist. She freely admits that she occasionally missed her first two school lessons and secretly went to see the training sessions at the Spanish Horse Riding School near her home in Vienna.


Andrea's early research focused on food intake behaviour and nutrient digestion in horses and sheep, and set her on a path of becoming a specialist in equine nutrition and behaviour. After working as a Scientific Researcher at the Research Institute for Applied Husbandry, Wageningen University Research, The Netherlands, for four years, she joined Nottingham Trent University as Senior Lecturer, where she led the design of the MSc in Equine Health and Welfare, and was Programme Leader of this course until 2012. Since 2016 she works once again at NTU as part-time Senior Lecturer.


Andrea now runs her own company UNEQUI, Science and Creativity. She is passionate about animal nutrition and welfare, good science and biology education and works/worked as an external examiner, course validator, supervisor and guest lecturer for a wide range of institutions (ANIVADO, University of Edinburgh, Royal Agricultural University, Anglia Ruskin University, Northampton University, BPP University, Portsmouth University and others) as well as doing her consultancy work and collaborative research projects. Andrea is also a member of the Royal Society of Biology and an Assessor for their Advanced Degree Accreditation Scheme. UNEQUI's creativity arm encompasses art, poster design, scientific illustrations and even event photography (e.g. Equine Health and Nutrition Congress 2015).


'I am passionate about animal welfare and good science education. Knowledge is only useful if you can pass it on. Therefore I very much enjoy and look forward to presenting some of my accumulated wisdom on the ANIVADO platform and learn a lot from the students as well'.




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Lecturer/Teaching and Curriculum Design Experience (short summary for academic accreditation):

Teaching Qualification:  Certificate of Further Education (post-compulsory education), Anglia Polytechnic University 1994; Specialism – Open learning resources; Teaching German; Teaching Equitation;



Instructor level: St Peters High School (Secondary School 11-18 year olds):  0.7 German Teacher 1990-1994

Essex Adult Education Centre: German (Beginner and Advanced);

BHS Stage I & II Horse Knowledge and Management (1992-1996); Riding Instructor Part-time;

Writtle College, Essex University 1997-2000:  Part-time Lecturer Business Studies and Accounting (FE-courses) and Equine Nutrition (MSc Course); MSc student supervision;

Guest Lectures 2000-2004 Equine Nutrition:  Writtle College, UK; Van Hall Institute NL; Deurne – Larenstein, NL; 2004-now: Writtle College; Nottingham Trent University; Anglia Ruskin University; Royal Agricultural University;  Sparsholt College;

Full-time Senior Lecturer: Nottingham Trent University 2004-2012: Undergraduate Modules: Equine Nutrition, Equine Behaviour, Equitation Science, Drugs and Pharmacology, Energetic basis of Performance, Research Skills and Statistics; Laboratory Skills (dissection; feed science) Equine Locomotion; Applied Equine Nutrition; Post-Graduate Modules: Advanced Research Skills; Equine Nutrition;  Equine Health and Welfare; Immunology; Ethics and Consultation; Equine Training and Performance; Supervision of Undergraduate research projects; MSc Research projects; PhD Projects;

Teaching/supporting Massive On-line Open Course 2014: – MooC Equine Nutrition; University of Edinburgh; Coursera;

University of Edinburgh; On-line Course: MSc Lecturer/Module Leader: Current 2013-Now: Equine Digestion and Nutrition;  Research Ethics and Process;

Curriculum development: 1998-2000 Involvement in development of MSc Equine Science at Writtle College, Essex University;

2004-2012: Nottingham Trent University: involvement of re-structuring and validation of Bsc Equine Science, FdSc Equitation Science, BSc Equestrian Psychology;  Open-learning course for Research Skills and Statistics; In charge of development, validation and implementation of MSc Equine Health and Welfare; MSc E-learning Course Research Skills;

External Examiner and Validator for: Royal Agricultural University (2008-2012); Writtle College; University of Edinburgh (2009-2013); Anglia Ruskin University; McTimoney MSc Chiropractic (human-animal – Research Modules) BPP University (current); Sparsholt College – Portsmouth University (current); Duchy College – Plymouth University (current); Northampton University; Royal Society of Biology: Examiner for Advanced Accreditation of Biology-related courses (20012- Now) - Royal Veterinary College;

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