Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: RVC Animal Welfare Science and Ethics, Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Tierney is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the RVC within the Production and Population Health Department, and the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group. She works on the "Putting Inflammatory Airway Disease research back on track" project, which is a mixed-methods project aiming to investigate challenges of translating research evidence into evidence-based practice.

Tierney is also involved in teaching, primarily organising the Haptic Cow simulator sessions and running interprofessional sessions for veterinary and veterinary nursing students.

Tierney completed a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour at Anglia Ruskin University and went on to obtain an MSc in the same subject at the University of Exeter. Her masters project looked at the effects of an olfactory enrichment device on the behaviour and welfare of fishing cats in captivity.

Tierney then worked briefly as a receptionist at a charity veterinary clinic before joining the RVC's education department, LIVE, in March 2008 as a Research Assistant. She worked on a variety of projects with the LIVE team, many of which she is still involved with. Tierney leads the Haptics teaching team at the RVC and has used the Haptic Cow in public engagement, widening participation as well as for teaching veterinary students. Tierney is also a core member of the NOVICE project which promotes the use of Web 2.0 technology for informal lifelong learning (NOVICE). 

While working in LIVE, Tierney developed an interest in interprofessional working, learning and education within the veterinary field and was involved in the 'veterinary Interprofessional Education resources' (vIPEr) project at the RVC. Tierney started her PhD entitled 'Insights from Veterinary Interprofessional Interactions: Implications for Interprofessional Education (IPE) in the Veterinary Curricula' in October 2012. The project was funded by a Bloomsbury Colleges Studentship (University of London) and was led by the Institute of Education, UCL (supervisor Prof. David Guile) with the RVC (supervisor Prof. Stephen May). Tierney successfully defended her thesis on 26th February 2016. For further information on Tierney's interprofessional work, please view LIVE's Interprofessional Education page

From 2015-2016, Tierney undertook a one year postdoc as a Research Associate within LIVE. Tierney worked with Dr Ayona Silva-Fletcher and Professor Stephen May on a variety of projects. 

On 1st September 2016, Tierney moved to the RVC's Production and Population Health Department to begin a two year postdoc as a Research Assistant on the project "Putting Inflammatory Airway Disease research back on track". This project is funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB).

Current research resolves around understanding of veterinarians’ needs in relation to inflammatory airway disease (IAD) research in British racing Thoroughbreds and of the general challenges they face in translating research evidence into evidence-based practice.

Previous and ongoing research focuses on veterinary education, with a special interest in interprofessional working, learning and education.


  • Kinnison, T., Guile, D., May, S.A. Chapter 26 Working in Professional Teams. Veterinary Medical Education: A Practical Guide.  Eds. J.L. Hodgson and J.M. Pelzer.  John Wiley and Sons In Press
  • Kinnison, T., Whiting, M., Magner, K., Mossop, L. Evaluating #VetFinals: can Twitter help students prepare for final examinations? Medical Teacher Issue 4.


  • Kinnison, T., May, S.A. Evidence-Based Healthcare: The Importance of Effective Interprofessional Working for High Quality Veterinary Services, a UK Example.Veterinary Evidence, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 4, nov. 2016. doi:
  • Kinnison, T., Guile, D., May, S.A. The case of veterinary interprofessional practice: From one health to a world of its own. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, 4: 51-57.
  • Whiting, M., Kinnison, T., Mossop, L. 2016. Teaching Tip: Developing an intercollegiate Twitter forum to improve student exam study and digital professionalism. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 43(3): 282-286.


  • Kinnison, T., Guile, D., May, S.A. 2015. Errors in veterinary practice: preliminary lessons for building better veterinary teams. Veterinary Record, 177: 492.
  • Kinnison, T., Guile, D., May, S.A. 2015. Veterinary team interactions, part two: the personal effect. Veterinary Record, 177: 541.
  • Kinnison, T., May, S.A., Guile, D. 2015. Veterinary team interactions, part one: the practice effect. Veterinary Record, 177: 419.
  • May, S.A., Kinnison, T.  2015 Continuing professional development: learning leads to change in clinical practice.  Veterinary Record, 177: 13
  • Kinnison, T., Dernat, S. 2015. The Winding Path to a PhD in Veterinary Education. Veterinary Record, 176: 8-10.
  • Kinnison, T., May, S.A., Guile, D. 2015. Differences of Opinion: Appreciation of interprofessional perspectives versus conflict. AMEE, 5-9 September, Glasgow.


  • Kinnison, T. 2014. Working together: researching interprofessional education. Veterinary Record, 174:24.
  • Kinnison, T., May, S.A., Guile, D. 2014. Inter-Professional Practice: From Veterinarian to the Veterinary Team. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 41 (2): 172-178.
  • Kinnison, T. May, S.A., Guile, D. 2014. An Exclusively Veterinary Perspective on Interprofessional Working, Learning and Education. AAVMC Annual Conference, One Health in Veterinary Medical Education. March 14-16 2014, Virginia, USA.
  • Kinnison, T., Mossop, L., Baillie, S. 2014. Interprofessional Online Tool for the Veterinary Field. Veterinary Education Symposium UK & Ireland, 9-11th July 2014, Bristol.
  • Kinnison, T., Dernat, S. 2014. PhD Pre-Conference Workshop. Veterinary Education Symposium UK & Ireland, 9-11th July 2014, Bristol.
  • Kinnison, T., Guile, D., May, S. 2014. Using a case study with social network analysis to study veterinary interprofessional learning and development. EARLI SIG 14 'Learning and Professional Development', 27-29 August 2014, Oslo, Norway.


  • Bates, L., Crowther, E., Bell, C., Kinnison, T., Sarah Baillie. 2013. Development of the Animal Management and Husbandry Online Placement Tool. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 40 (4): 349-354.
  • Kinnison, T., May, S.A. 2013. Veterinary career ambitions correlate with gender and past experience, with current experience influencing curricular perspectives. Veterinary Record, 172(12): 313.
  • Bachynsky, E.A., Dale, V.H.M., Kinnison, T., Gazzard, J., Baillie, S. 2013. A survey of the opinions of recent veterinary graduates and employers regarding early career business skills. Veterinary Record, 172(23): 604.


  • Ogden, U., Kinnison, T., May, S.A. 2012. Attitudes to Animal Euthanasia do not Correlate with Acceptance of Human Euthanasia or Suicide. Veterinary Record 171(7): 174.
  • Quinn, C., Kinnison, T., May, S.A. 2012. Care and justice orientations to moral decision-making in veterinary students. Veterinary Record 171, 446-450.
  • Kinnison, T., Lumbis, R., Orpet, H., Gregory, S. and Baillie, S. 2012. How to run Talking Walls: an inter-professional education resource. The Veterinary Nurse, 3(1): 4-11.


  • Baillie, S., Kinnison, T., Forrest, N., Dale, V.H.M., Ehlers, J.P., Koch, M., Mándoki, M., Ciobotaru, E., de Groot, E., Boerboom, T.B.B., van Beukelen, P. 2011. Developing an Online Professional Network for Veterinary Education: The NOVICE Project. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 38(4): 395-403.
  • Kinnison, T., Orpet, H., Pullen, S., McNae, J., Bell, C., Gregory, S., Baillie, S. 2011. Development of the VN online clinical placement tool. The Veterinary Nurse, 2(8): 428-433.
  • Rhind, S.M., Baillie, S., Kinnison, T., Shaw, D.J., Bell, C.E., Mellanby, R.J., Hammond, J., Hudson, N.P.H., Whittington, R.E., Donnelly, R. 2011. The transition into veterinary practice: Opinions of recent graduates and final year students. BMC Medical Education, 11:64.
  • Kinnison, T., Lumbis, R., Orpet, H., Welsh, P., Gregory, S., Baillie, S. 2011. Piloting Interprofessional Education Interventions with Veterinary and Veterinary Nursing Students. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 38(3): 311-318.
  • Dale, V.H.M., Kinnison, T., Short, N., May, S., Baillie, S. 2011. Web 2.0 and the veterinary profession: current trends and future implications for lifelong learning. Veterinary Record, 169(18):467.
  • Low-Beer, N., Kinnison, T., Baillie, S., Kneebone, R., Bello, F., Higham, J. 2011. Hidden practice revealed: using task analysis and novel simulator design to evaluate the teaching of digital rectal examination. The American Journal of Surgery, 201(1): 46-53


  • Kinnison, T., Baillie, S., Welsh, P. 2010. Developing three resources to promote interprofessional communication skills. International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine (ICCVM), 31 October – 2 November 2010, California, USA.
  • Kinnison, T., Welsh, P., Lumbis, R., Orpet, H., Gregory, S., Baillie, S. 2010. Developing veterinary interprofessional teaching resources. Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), 4-8 September 2010, Glasgow, UK.
  • Bell, C., Baillie, S., Kinnison, T., Cavers, A. 2010. Preparing veterinary students for extramural clinical placement training: Issues identified & a possible solution. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 37:190-197.


  • Kinnison, T., Forrest, N.D., Frean, S.P., Baillie, S. 2009. Teaching Bovine Abdominal Anatomy: Use of a Haptic Simulator.Anatomical Sciences Education, 2(6): 280-5.

Tierney has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education at the RVC and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Current teaching includes:

Bovine basic and reproductive anatomy using the Haptic Cow virtual reality simulator.

Interprofessional Education between veterinary and veterinary nursing students.

Tierney has been fortunate enough to assist with demonstrating the Haptic Cow at a number of prestigious events (including The Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition 2009, the Royal Institution’s Family Fun Day 2009, the British Library 2011, the Science Museum’s ‘Lates’ 2012, ‘RVC late’ 2012 and the CHRISTMAS LECTURE 2014). The Haptic Cow has also visited many schools as part of projects aimed at increasing interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

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