Dr Mina Davies-Morel

BSc Nottingham, PhD Aberystwyth

Dr Mina Davies-Morel


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Please note: The Welsh version of this profile contains additional or more detailed information.


After her PhD Mina was awarded the Animal Health Trust Wooldridge farm livestock personal post-doctoral scholarship to continue her research at the University. As a member of staff of the Welsh Agricultural College she set up the Equine Department and courses. Since joining the University Mina has headed up the equine courses, she attained a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2005, a University teaching excellence award in 2010 and a Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowship Award in 2014.
Mina has held external examiner/adviser positions in numerous Universities. Mina has published widely in the scientific and popular press in addition to 3 text books. Mina has been a horse owner and rider since childhood and has a particular interest in Welsh Pony's and Cobs. Mina has been involved in many equine societies over the years and is currently the Chair of British Horse Society for Wales



Mina's prime research interest lies in embryo mortality in farm livestock, particularly the mare. In particular she has carried out collaborative work with veterinary surgeons into factors affecting embryo mortality, multiple ovulations, multiple pregnancies, follicle size, ovarian competence, previous pregnancies, infection etc. Also factors affecting thoroughbred race performance, gestation length, date of birth etc. Research students MSc, MPhil and PhD. Mina now works part time and so is no longer taking on any research students.


Equine thermography in practiceSoroko, M. & Davies-Morel, M. 2016 CABI Publishing. 144 p.
Comparative genetic diversity in a sample of pony breeds from the UK and North America: A case study in the conservation of global genetic resourcesWinton, C. L., Plant, Y., Hind, P., McMahon, R., Hegarty, M., McEwan, N., Davies-Morel, M., Powell, W. & Nash, D. 2015 In : Ecology and Evolution.5, 16, p. 3507-352231 p.
Asynchronous ovulation in mares: seasonal variations in frequencyDavies-Morel, M., Newcombe, J. R. & Reynolds, N. 2015 In : Veterinary Record.176, p. 310
Equine Reproductive Physiology Breeding and Stud Management 4th EditionDavies-Morel, M. 2015 4th ed.CABI Publishing. 428 p.
Effect of heterologous and homologous seminal plasma on stallion sperm quality.Morrell, J., Georgakas, A., Lundeheim, N., Nash, D. M., Davies-Morel, M. C. G. & Johannison, A. 2014 In : Theriogenology.82, p. 176-183
Equine endometrial cytology and bacteriology: Effectiveness for predicting live foaling ratesDavies-Morel, M. C. G., Lawlor, O. M. F. & Nash, D. M. 2013 In : Veterinary Journal.198, 1, p. 206-2116 p.
Genetic diversity and phylogenetic analysis of the native mountain ponies of Britain and Ireland reveal a novel rare populationWinton, C. L., Hegarty, M. J., McMahon, R., Slavov, G. T., McEwan, N. R., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Morgan, C. T., Powell, W. & Nash, D. M. 2013 In : Ecology and Evolution.3, 4, p. 934–94714 p.
Manual reduction of multiple embryos in the mare: the effect on subsequent pregnancy outcome.Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Newcombe, J. R. & Lauber, M. 2012 In : Veterinary Journal.192, 3, p. 322-3254 p.
Phylogeographic relationships between native pony populations of Britain and IrelandWinton, C. L., Hegarty, M. J., Slavov, G. T., McEwan, N. R., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Potter, C., Powell, W. & Nash, D. M. 2012
Sexual behavior and ejaculate characteristics in Pêga donkeys (Equus asinus) mounting estrous horse mares (Equus caballus)Canisso, I. F., Carvalho, G. R., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Guimaraes, J. D. & McDonnell, S. M. 2011 In : Theriogenology.73, 1, p. 56-638 p.
An investigation of the role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) in determining adult height of the horseReader, R., Parrott, C., Hegarty, M., McEwan, N. R., Davies-Morel, M., Powell, W. & Nash, D. M. 2011 p. 175-1751 p.
Seminal parameters and field fertility of cryopreserved donkey jack semen after insemination of horse maresCanisso, I. F., Carvalho, G. R., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Ker, P. G., Rodrigues, A. L., Silva, E. C. & Coutinho da Silva, M. A. 2011 In : Equine Veterinary Journal.43, 2, p. 179-1835 p.
Characterisation of phylogeographic relationships between native pony populations of Britain and Ireland.Winton, C. L., Hegarty, M. J., McEwan, N. R., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Powell, W. & Nash, D. M. 2011
Factors affecting pre-ovulatory follicle diameter in the mare: the effect of mare age, season and presence of other ovulatory follicles (multiple ovulation)Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Newcombe, J. R. & Hayward, K. M. 2010 In : Theriogenology.74, 7, p. 1241-12477 p.
Factors affecting the incidence of postpartum oestrus, ovarian activity and reproductive performance in Thoroughbred mares bred at foal heat under Indian subtropical conditionsSharma, S., Davies-Morel, M. C. G. & Dhaliwal, G. S. 2010 In : Theriogenology.74, 1, p. 90-9910 p.
Use of uterine bacteriology with cytology as predictive factors for conception.Lawlor, O., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Carrick, J. B. & Collins, C. 2010
Strategies for the management of donkey jacks in intensive breeding systemsCanisso, I. F., Davies-Morel, M. C. G. & McDonnell, S. 2009 In : Equine Veterinary Education.21, 12, p. 652-6598 p.
The pattern of embryonic fixation and its relationship to pregnancy loss in thoroughbred maresSharma, S., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Dhaliwal, G. S. & Dadarwal, D. 2009 In : Reproduction in Domestic Animals.45, 5, p. e61-67
The relationship between consecutive pregnancies in Thoroughbred mares. Does the location of one pregnancy affect the location of the next, is this affected by mare age and foal heat to conception interval or related to pregnancy successDavies-Morel, M. C. G., Hinchliffe, J. R. & Newcombe, J. R. 2009 In : Theriogenology.71, 7, p. 1072-10787 p.
Caslick's Operation: Problem barrierDavies-Morel, M. C. G. 2009 The Horse, 1 January, p. article no. 11086
How to manage Jacks to breed maresCanisso, I. F., Coutinho da Silva, M. A., Davies-Morel, M. C. G. & McDonnell, S. 2009 p. 342-3487 p.
The effect of an endurance exercise upon kinematic parameters of the jump stride of the hind limb during take-off when jumping a cross country fenceRapkin, E. H., Guire, R., Davies-Morel, M. C. G. & Nash, D. M. 2009
The efficacy of different hCG dose rates and the effect of hCG treatment on ovarian activity: Ovulation, multiple ovulation, pregnancy, multiple pregnancy, synchrony of multiple ovulation; in the mareDavies-Morel, M. C. G. & Newcombe, J. R. 2008 In : Animal Reproduction Science.109, 1-4, p. 189-19911 p.
Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud ManagementDavies-Morel, M. C. 2008 3rd ed.CABI Publishing. 384 p.
Multiple pregnancies. Double the troubleDavies-Morel, M. C. G. 2008 The Horse, 1 July
Effects of Oxygen Exposure and Gentamicin on Stallion Semen Stored at 5 and 15°CPrice, S. B. P., Aurich, J., Davies-Morel, M. & Aurich, C. 2008 In : Reproduction in Domestic Animals.43, 3, p. 261-2666 p.
Freezing of donkey semen (Equus asinus)Canisso, I. F., Souza, F. A., Escobar, J. M. O., Marlen, J., de Carvalho, G. R., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., da Silva, E. C., Guimares, J. D. & Lima, A. L. 2008 In : Revista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru.19, 2, p. 113-12513 p.
The Reproductive Anatomy of the MareDavies-Morel, M. 2008 Equine Reproductive Physiology. rd (ed.). CABI Publishing, p. 1-1414 p.
Effects of temperature and gentamicin on quality of cooled-stored stallion semenDavies-Morel, M. C. G., Price, S. B. P., Aurich, J. & Aurich, C. 2007 p. 66
Seasonal variations in physiological and behavioural parameters in a bachelor group of stallion ponies (Equilus caballus)Chiam, R. S., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., McBride, S. D., McKay, A. & Ely, E. 2006 In : Animal Science.p. 581-59010 p.
New insights into the phylogeny of Entamoeba species provided by analysis of four new small-subunit rRNA gene sequencesClark, C. G., Kaffashian, F., Tawari, B., Windsor, J. J., Twigg-Flesner, A., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Blessmann, J., Ebert, F., Peschel, B., Le Van, A., Jackson, C. J., Macfarlane, L. & Tannich, E. 2006 In : International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.56, 9, p. 2235-22395 p.
Breeding HorsesDavies-Morel, M. C. G. 2005 Wiley. 224 p.
The effect of age on multiple ovulation rates, multiple pregnancy rates and embryonic vesicle diameter in the mareDavies-Morel, M. C. G., Newcombe, J. R. & Swindlehurst, J. C. 2005 In : Theriogenology.63, 9, p. 2482-249312 p.
Changes in plasma cortisol and ascorbic acid in horses with and without recurrent airway obstruction upon exercise and ascorbic acid supplementation.Cuff, T. L., Williams, R. J., Deaton, C. M., Smith, N. C., Davies, B. D., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Marlin, D. J. & Harris, P. A. 2005 In : Equine and Comparative Exercise Physiology.2, 2, p. 105-1127 p.
Identification of Cryptosporidium parvum genotype 2 in domestic horsesChalmers, R. M., Thomas, A. L., Butler, B. A. & Davies-Morel, M. C. G. 2005 In : Veterinary Record.156, 2, p. 49-502 p.
The occurrence and outcome of multiple ovulation and pregnancy in the Thoroughbred MareDavies-Morel, M. C. G. & Dennis, S. 2004
Effect of exercise and dietary antioxidant supplementation on plasma cortisol concentrations in RAO and non-RAO affected horsesCuff, T. L., Williams, R. J., Deaton, C. M., Smith, N. C., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Kelly, F. J. & Marlin, D. J. 2003
A comparison of plasma growth hormone, insulin, free fatty acid and glucose concentrations during oestrus and early pregnancy in Clun Forest ewe lambs and ewesDavies-Morel, M. C. G. & Beck, N. F. G. 2003 In : Small Ruminant Research.48, 2, p. 127-1348 p.
Tenoscopic anatomy of the equine carpal extensor tendon sheathsIbrahim, A. A., Davies-Morel, M. C. G. & Booth, T. M. 2003 p. 195-196
Systemic and airway lining fluid cortisol concentrations in non-RAO and RAO-affected horsesCartwright, J., Williams, R. J., Deaton, C. D., Smith, N. C., Davies-Morel, M. C. G., Cuff, T. L. & Marlin, D. J. 2003
Factors affecting gestation length in the Thoroughbred mareDavies-Morel, M. C. G., Newcombe, J. R. & Holland, S. J. 2002 In : Animal Reproduction Science.74, 3-4, p. 175-18511 p.
Effects of cool and hot humid environmental conditions on neuroendocrine responses of horses to treadmill exerciseWilllams, R. J., Marlin, D. J., Smith, N., Harris, R. C., Haresign, W. & Davies-Morel, M. C. G. 2002 In : Veterinary Journal.164, 1, p. 54-6310 p.
The effect of sodium heparin on equine articular cartilageMcCarthy, H. E., Singer, E. R. & Davies-Morel, M. C. G. 2001 In : Veterinary Journal.162, 1, p. 73-797 p.
Ovulation rate and distribution in the thoroughbred mare, as determined by ultrasonic scanning: The effect of ageDavies-Morel, M. C. G. & O’Sullivan, J. A. M. 2001 In : Animal Reproduction Science.66, 1-2, p. 59-7012 p.
A survey of the Fertility of Icelandic StallionsDavies-Morel, M. C. G. & Gunnarsson, V. 2000 In : Animal Reproduction Science.64, 1-2, p. 49-6415 p.
The effect of reactive oxygen species on equine sperm motility, viability, acrosomal integrity, mitochondrial membrane potential, and membrane lipid peroxidation.Baumber, J., Ball, B. A., Gravance, C. G., Medina, V. & Davies-Morel, M. C. G. 2000 In : Journal of Andrology.21, 6, p. 895-9027 p.
Equine Artificial InseminationDavies-Morel, M. C. G. 1999 CABI Publishing. 406 p.
A comparison of ovulation rate and embryonic mortality in ewe lambs and ewes and the role of late embryo loss in ewe lamb sub fertilityBeck, N. F., Davies-Morel, M. C. G. & Davies, B. 1996 In : Animal Science.62, 1, p. 79-834 p.