Dr Mina Davies-Morel BSc Nottingham, PhD Aberystwyth

Dr Mina Davies-Morel


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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's prime research interest lies in embryo mortality in farm livestock, particularly the mare. In particular she carries 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.



Soroko, M., Davies-Morel, M. 2016. Equine thermography in practice. CABI Publishing 10.1079/9781780647876.0000 Cadair


Winton, C.L., Plant, Y., Hind, P., McMahon, R., Hegarty, M., McEwan, N., Davies-Morel, M., Powell, W., Nash, D. 2015. Comparative genetic diversity in a sample of pony breeds from the UK and North America: A case study in the conservation of global genetic resources. Ecology and Evolution 5 (16) pp. 3507-3522. 10.1002/ece3.1562 Cadair

Davies-Morel, M., Newcombe, J.R., Reynolds, N. 2015. Asynchronous ovulation in mares: seasonal variations in frequency. Veterinary Record 176 pp. 310. 10.1136/vr.102308 Cadair

Davies-Morel, M. 2015. Equine Reproductive Physiology Breeding and Stud Management 4th Edition. 4thth edn, CABI Publishing Cadair


Morrell, J., Georgakas, A., Lundeheim, N., Nash, D.M., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Johannison, A. 2014. Effect of heterologous and homologous seminal plasma on stallion sperm quality. Theriogenology 82 pp. 176-183. 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.03.020 Cadair


Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Lawlor, O.M.F., Nash, D.M. 2013. Equine endometrial cytology and bacteriology: Effectiveness for predicting live foaling rates. Veterinary Journal 198 (1) pp. 206-211. 10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.08.002 Other Cadair

Winton, 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. Genetic diversity and phylogenetic analysis of the native mountain ponies of Britain and Ireland reveal a novel rare population. Ecology and Evolution 3 (4) pp. 934–947. 10.1002/ece3.507 Cadair


Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Newcombe, J.R., Lauber, M. 2012. Manual reduction of multiple embryos in the mare: the effect on subsequent pregnancy outcome. Veterinary Journal 192 (3) pp. 322-325. 10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.06.036 Cadair

Winton, C.L., Hegarty, M.J., Slavov, G.T., McEwan, N.R., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Potter, C., Powell, W., Nash, D.M. 2012. Phylogeographic relationships between native pony populations of Britain and Ireland. Cadair


Canisso, I.F., Carvalho, G.R., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Guimaraes, J.D., McDonnell, S.M. 2011. Sexual behavior and ejaculate characteristics in Pêga donkeys (Equus asinus) mounting estrous horse mares (Equus caballus). Theriogenology 73 (1) pp. 56-63. 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2009.07.026 Cadair

Reader, R., Parrott, C., Hegarty, M., McEwan, N.R., Davies-Morel, M., Powell, W., Nash, D.M. 2011. An investigation of the role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) in determining adult height of the horse. BSAS. Cadair

Canisso, 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. Seminal parameters and field fertility of cryopreserved donkey jack semen after insemination of horse mares. Equine Veterinary Journal 43 (2) pp. 179-183. 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2010.00130.x Cadair

Winton, C.L., Hegarty, M.J., McEwan, N.R., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Powell, W., Nash, D.M. 2011. Characterisation of phylogeographic relationships between native pony populations of Britain and Ireland. Ecological Genetics Group. Cadair


Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Newcombe, J.R., Hayward, K.M. 2010. Factors affecting pre-ovulatory follicle diameter in the mare: the effect of mare age, season and presence of other ovulatory follicles (multiple ovulation). Theriogenology 74 (7) pp. 1241-1247. 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2010.05.027 Cadair

Sharma, S., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Dhaliwal, G.S. 2010. Factors affecting the incidence of postpartum oestrus, ovarian activity and reproductive performance in Thoroughbred mares bred at foal heat under Indian subtropical conditions. Theriogenology 74 (1) pp. 90-99. 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2010.01.018 Cadair

Lawlor, O., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Carrick, J.B., Collins, C. 2010. Use of uterine bacteriology with cytology as predictive factors for conception. Cadair


Canisso, I.F., Coutinho da Silva, M.A., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., McDonnell, S. 2009. How to manage Jacks to breed mares. American Association Equine Practioners Conference. Other Cadair

Rapkin, E.H., Guire, R., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Nash, D.M. 2009. 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 fence. 8th International conference on Equine Exercise Physiology, 'Science and Safaris', Cape Town. Cadair

Canisso, I.F., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., McDonnell, S. 2009. Strategies for the management of donkey jacks in intensive breeding systems. Equine Veterinary Education 21 (12) pp. 652-659. 10.2746/095777309X479058 Cadair

Sharma, S., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Dhaliwal, G.S., Dadarwal, D. 2009. The pattern of embryonic fixation and its relationship to pregnancy loss in thoroughbred mares. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 45 (5) pp. e61-67. 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2009.01523.x Cadair

Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Hinchliffe, J.R., Newcombe, J.R. 2009. 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 success. Theriogenology 71 (7) pp. 1072-1078. 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2008.11.010 Cadair

Davies-Morel, M.C.G. 2009. Caslick's Operation: Problem barrier. Cadair


Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Newcombe, J.R. 2008. 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 mare. Animal Reproduction Science 109 (1-4) pp. 189-199. 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2007.10.005 Cadair

Davies-Morel, M.C. 2008. Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management. 3rdth edn, CABI Publishing Cadair

Davies-Morel, M.C.G. 2008. Multiple pregnancies. Double the trouble. Other Cadair

Price, S.B.P., Aurich, J., Davies-Morel, M., Aurich, C. 2008. Effects of Oxygen Exposure and Gentamicin on Stallion Semen Stored at 5 and 15°C. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 43 (3) pp. 261-266. 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2007.00888.x Cadair Other

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. Freezing of donkey semen (Equus asinus). Revista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru 19 (2) pp. 113-125. Cadair Other

Davies-Morel, M. 2008. The Reproductive Anatomy of the Mare. In rd. (ed) Equine Reproductive Physiology. CABI Publishing pp. 1-14. Cadair


Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Price, S.B.P., Aurich, J., Aurich, C. 2007. Effects of temperature and gentamicin on quality of cooled-stored stallion semen. European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction. Cadair


Chiam, R.S., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., McBride, S.D., McKay, A., Ely, E. 2006. Seasonal variations in physiological and behavioural parameters in a bachelor group of stallion ponies (Equilus caballus). Animal Science pp. 581-590. 10.1079/ASC200669 Cadair

Clark, 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. New insights into the phylogeny of Entamoeba species provided by analysis of four new small-subunit rRNA gene sequences. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 56 (9) pp. 2235-2239. 10.1099/ijs.0.64208-0 Cadair Other


Davies-Morel, M.C.G. 2005. Breeding Horses. Wiley 10.1002/9780470751176 Cadair Other

Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Newcombe, J.R., Swindlehurst, J.C. 2005. The effect of age on multiple ovulation rates, multiple pregnancy rates and embryonic vesicle diameter in the mare. Theriogenology 63 (9) pp. 2482-2493. 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2004.09.058 Cadair

Cuff, T., Williams, R., Deaton, C., Smith, N., Davies, B., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Marlin, D., Harris, P.A. 2005. Changes in plasma cortisol and ascorbic acid in horses with and without recurrent airway obstruction upon exercise and ascorbic acid supplementation. Equine and Comparative Exercise Physiology 2 (2) pp. 105-112. 10.1079/ECP200548 Cadair

Chalmers, R.M., Thomas, A., Butler, B.A., Davies-Morel, M.C.G. 2005. Identification of Cryptosporidium parvum genotype 2 in domestic horses. Veterinary Record 156 (2) pp. 49-50. Cadair Other


Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Dennis, S. 2004. The occurrence and outcome of multiple ovulation and pregnancy in the Thoroughbred Mare. Cadair


Cuff, T., Williams, R., Deaton, C., Smith, N., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Kelly, F., Marlin, D. 2003. Effect of exercise and dietary antioxidant supplementation on plasma cortisol concentrations in RAO and non-RAO affected horses. Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society meeting. Cadair

Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Beck, N.F.G. 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 ewes. Small Ruminant Research 48 (2) pp. 127-134. 10.1016/S0921-4488(03)00008-7 Cadair

Ibrahim, A.A., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Booth, T. 2003. Tenoscopic anatomy of the equine carpal extensor tendon sheaths. Annual Scientific Meeting, European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Cadair

Cartwright, J., Williams, R., Deaton, C., Smith, N., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Cuff, T., Marlin, D. 2003. Systemic and airway lining fluid cortisol concentrations in non-RAO and RAO-affected horses. Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society meeting. Cadair


Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Newcombe, J.R., Holland, S.J. 2002. Factors affecting gestation length in the Thoroughbred mare. Animal Reproduction Science 74 (3-4) pp. 175-185. 10.1016/S0378-4320(02)00171-9 Cadair

Willlams, R.J., Marlin, D.J., Smith, N., Harris, R.C., Haresign, W., Davies-Morel, M.C.G. 2002. Effects of cool and hot humid environmental conditions on neuroendocrine responses of horses to treadmill exercise. Veterinary Journal 164 (1) pp. 54-63. 10.1053/tvjl.2002.0721 Cadair


McCarthy, H.E., Singer, E.R., Davies-Morel, M.C.G. 2001. The effect of sodium heparin on equine articular cartilage. Veterinary Journal 162 (1) pp. 73-79. 10.1053/tvjl.2001.0585 Cadair

Davies-Morel, M.C.G., O’Sullivan, J.A.M. 2001. Ovulation rate and distribution in the thoroughbred mare, as determined by ultrasonic scanning: The effect of age. Animal Reproduction Science 66 (1-2) pp. 59-70. 10.1016/S0378-4320(01)00092-6 Cadair


Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Gunnarsson, V. 2000. A survey of the Fertility of Icelandic Stallions. Animal Reproduction Science 64 (1-2) pp. 49-64. Cadair

Baumber, J., Ball, B.A., Gravance, C.G., Medina, V., Davies-Morel, M.C.G. 2000. The effect of reactive oxygen species on equine sperm motility, viability, acrosomal integrity, mitochondrial membrane potential, and membrane lipid peroxidation. Journal of Andrology 21 (6) pp. 895-902. 10.1002/j.1939-4640.2000.tb03420.x Cadair


Davies-Morel, M.C.G. 1999. Equine Artificial Insemination. CABI Publishing Cadair


Beck, N.F., Davies-Morel, M.C.G., Davies, B. 1996. A comparison of ovulation rate and embryonic mortality in ewe lambs and ewes and the role of late embryo loss in ewe lamb sub fertility. Animal Science 62 (1) pp. 79-83. 10.1017/S135772980001434X Cadair