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'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.


Canisso, IF, Coutinho da Silva, MA, Davies-Morel, MCG & McDonnell, S 2009, 'How to manage Jacks to breed mares' Paper presented at American Association Equine Practioners Conference, New Vegas, United States of America, 2009 - 2009, pp. 342-348.
Rapkin, EH, Guire, R, Davies-Morel, MCG & Nash, DM 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, South Africa, 2010 - 2010, .
Davies-Morel, MCG & Newcombe, JR 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, vol 109, no. 1-4, pp. 189-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2007.10.005
Davies-Morel, MC 2008, Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management. 3rd edn, CABI Publishing.
Davies-Morel, MCG 2008, 'Multiple pregnancies. Double the trouble', The Horse, 1 July 01 July.
Price, SBP, 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, vol 43, no. 3, pp. 261-266. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2007.00888.x
Canisso, IF, Souza, FA, Escobar, JMO, Marlen, J, de Carvalho, GR, Davies-Morel, MCG, da Silva, EC, Guimares, JD & Lima, AL 2008, 'Freezing of donkey semen (Equus asinus)' Revista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru, vol 19, no. 2, pp. 113-125.
Davies-Morel, M 2008, The Reproductive Anatomy of the Mare. in rd (ed.), Equine Reproductive Physiology. CABI Publishing, pp. 1-14.
Davies-Morel, MCG, Price, SBP, Aurich, J & Aurich, C 2007, 'Effects of temperature and gentamicin on quality of cooled-stored stallion semen' Paper presented at European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2007, pp. 66.
Chiam, RS, Davies-Morel, MCG, McBride, SD, 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. DOI: 10.1079/ASC200669
Clark, CG, Kaffashian, F, Tawari, B, Windsor, JJ, Twigg-Flesner, A, Davies-Morel, MCG, Blessmann, J, Ebert, F, Peschel, B, Le Van, A, Jackson, CJ, 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, vol 56, no. 9, pp. 2235-2239. DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.64208-0
Davies-Morel, MCG 2005, Breeding Horses. Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/9780470751176
Davies-Morel, MCG, Newcombe, JR & Swindlehurst, JC 2005, 'The effect of age on multiple ovulation rates, multiple pregnancy rates and embryonic vesicle diameter in the mare' Theriogenology, vol 63, no. 9, pp. 2482-2493. DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2004.09.058
Cuff, TL, Williams, RJ, Deaton, CM, Smith, NC, Davies, BD, Davies-Morel, MCG, Marlin, DJ & Harris, PA 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, vol 2, no. 2, pp. 105-112. DOI: 10.1079/ECP200548
Chalmers, RM, Thomas, AL, Butler, BA & Davies-Morel, MCG 2005, 'Identification of Cryptosporidium parvum genotype 2 in domestic horses' Veterinary Record, vol 156, no. 2, pp. 49-50.
Davies-Morel, MCG & Dennis, S 2004, 'The occurrence and outcome of multiple ovulation and pregnancy in the Thoroughbred Mare'.
Cuff, TL, Williams, RJ, Deaton, CM, Smith, NC, Davies-Morel, MCG, Kelly, FJ & Marlin, DJ 2003, 'Effect of exercise and dietary antioxidant supplementation on plasma cortisol concentrations in RAO and non-RAO affected horses' Paper presented at Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society meeting, San Antonio, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2003 - 2003, .
Davies-Morel, MCG & Beck, NFG 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, vol 48, no. 2, pp. 127-134. DOI: 10.1016/S0921-4488(03)00008-7
Ibrahim, AA, Davies-Morel, MCG & Booth, TM 2003, 'Tenoscopic anatomy of the equine carpal extensor tendon sheaths' Paper presented at Annual Scientific Meeting, European College of Veterinary Surgeons, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2003, pp. 195-196.
Cartwright, J, Williams, RJ, Deaton, CD, Smith, NC, Davies-Morel, MCG, Cuff, TL & Marlin, DJ 2003, 'Systemic and airway lining fluid cortisol concentrations in non-RAO and RAO-affected horses' Paper presented at Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society meeting, San Antonio, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2003 - 2003, .
Soroko, M & Davies-Morel, M 2016, Equine thermography in practice. CABI Publishing. DOI: 10.1079/9781780647876.0000
Winton, CL, 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, vol 5, no. 16, pp. 3507-3522. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1562
Davies-Morel, M, Newcombe, JR & Reynolds, N 2015, 'Asynchronous ovulation in mares: seasonal variations in frequency' Veterinary Record, vol 176, pp. 310. DOI: 10.1136/vr.102308
Davies-Morel, M 2015, Equine Reproductive Physiology Breeding and Stud Management 4th Edition. 4th edn, CABI Publishing.
Morrell, J, Georgakas, A, Lundeheim, N, Nash, DM, Davies-Morel, MCG & Johannison, A 2014, 'Effect of heterologous and homologous seminal plasma on stallion sperm quality.' Theriogenology, vol 82, pp. 176-183. DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.03.020
Davies-Morel, MCG, Lawlor, OMF & Nash, DM 2013, 'Equine endometrial cytology and bacteriology: Effectiveness for predicting live foaling rates' Veterinary Journal, vol 198, no. 1, pp. 206-211. DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2013.08.002
Winton, CL, Hegarty, MJ, McMahon, R, Slavov, GT, McEwan, NR, Davies-Morel, MCG, Morgan, CT, Powell, W & Nash, DM 2013, 'Genetic diversity and phylogenetic analysis of the native mountain ponies of Britain and Ireland reveal a novel rare population' Ecology and Evolution, vol 3, no. 4, pp. 934–947. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.507
Davies-Morel, MCG, Newcombe, JR & Lauber, M 2012, 'Manual reduction of multiple embryos in the mare: the effect on subsequent pregnancy outcome.' Veterinary Journal, vol 192, no. 3, pp. 322-325. DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2011.06.036
Winton, CL, Hegarty, MJ, Slavov, GT, McEwan, NR, Davies-Morel, MCG, Potter, C, Powell, W & Nash, DM 2012, 'Phylogeographic relationships between native pony populations of Britain and Ireland'.
Canisso, IF, Carvalho, GR, Davies-Morel, MCG, Guimaraes, JD & McDonnell, SM 2011, 'Sexual behavior and ejaculate characteristics in Pêga donkeys (Equus asinus) mounting estrous horse mares (Equus caballus)' Theriogenology, vol 73, no. 1, pp. 56-63. DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2009.07.026
Reader, R, Parrott, C, Hegarty, M, McEwan, NR, Davies-Morel, M, Powell, W & Nash, DM 2011, 'An investigation of the role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) in determining adult height of the horse' BSAS, Nottingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2011 - 2011, pp. 175-175.
Canisso, IF, Carvalho, GR, Davies-Morel, MCG, Ker, PG, Rodrigues, AL, Silva, EC & Coutinho da Silva, MA 2011, 'Seminal parameters and field fertility of cryopreserved donkey jack semen after insemination of horse mares' Equine Veterinary Journal, vol 43, no. 2, pp. 179-183. DOI: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2010.00130.x
Winton, CL, Hegarty, MJ, McEwan, NR, Davies-Morel, MCG, Powell, W & Nash, DM 2011, 'Characterisation of phylogeographic relationships between native pony populations of Britain and Ireland.' Ecological Genetics Group, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2011 - 2011, .
Davies-Morel, MCG, Newcombe, JR & Hayward, KM 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, vol 74, no. 7, pp. 1241-1247. DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2010.05.027
Sharma, S, Davies-Morel, MCG & Dhaliwal, GS 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, vol 74, no. 1, pp. 90-99. DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2010.01.018
Lawlor, O, Davies-Morel, MCG, Carrick, JB & Collins, C 2010, 'Use of uterine bacteriology with cytology as predictive factors for conception.'.
Canisso, IF, Davies-Morel, MCG & McDonnell, S 2009, 'Strategies for the management of donkey jacks in intensive breeding systems' Equine Veterinary Education, vol 21, no. 12, pp. 652-659. DOI: 10.2746/095777309X479058
Sharma, S, Davies-Morel, MCG, Dhaliwal, GS & Dadarwal, D 2009, 'The pattern of embryonic fixation and its relationship to pregnancy loss in thoroughbred mares' Reproduction in Domestic Animals, vol 45, no. 5, pp. e61-67. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2009.01523.x
Davies-Morel, MCG, Hinchliffe, JR & Newcombe, JR 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, vol 71, no. 7, pp. 1072-1078. DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2008.11.010
Davies-Morel, MCG 2009, 'Caslick's Operation: Problem barrier', pp. article no. 11086, The Horse, 1 January 01 January.
Davies-Morel, MCG, Newcombe, JR & Holland, SJ 2002, 'Factors affecting gestation length in the Thoroughbred mare' Animal Reproduction Science, vol 74, no. 3-4, pp. 175-185. DOI: 10.1016/S0378-4320(02)00171-9
Willlams, RJ, Marlin, DJ, Smith, N, Harris, RC, Haresign, W & Davies-Morel, MCG 2002, 'Effects of cool and hot humid environmental conditions on neuroendocrine responses of horses to treadmill exercise' Veterinary Journal, vol 164, no. 1, pp. 54-63. DOI: 10.1053/tvjl.2002.0721
McCarthy, HE, Singer, ER & Davies-Morel, MCG 2001, 'The effect of sodium heparin on equine articular cartilage' Veterinary Journal, vol 162, no. 1, pp. 73-79. DOI: 10.1053/tvjl.2001.0585
Davies-Morel, MCG & O’Sullivan, JAM 2001, 'Ovulation rate and distribution in the thoroughbred mare, as determined by ultrasonic scanning: The effect of age' Animal Reproduction Science, vol 66, no. 1-2, pp. 59-70. DOI: 10.1016/S0378-4320(01)00092-6
Davies-Morel, MCG & Gunnarsson, V 2000, 'A survey of the Fertility of Icelandic Stallions' Animal Reproduction Science, vol 64, no. 1-2, pp. 49-64.
Baumber, J, Ball, BA, Gravance, CG, Medina, V & Davies-Morel, MCG 2000, 'The effect of reactive oxygen species on equine sperm motility, viability, acrosomal integrity, mitochondrial membrane potential, and membrane lipid peroxidation.' Journal of Andrology, vol 21, no. 6, pp. 895-902. DOI: 10.1002/j.1939-4640.2000.tb03420.x
Davies-Morel, MCG 1999, Equine Artificial Insemination. CABI Publishing.
Beck, NF, Davies-Morel, MCG & 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, vol 62, no. 1, pp. 79-83. DOI: 10.1017/S135772980001434X