Professor Laura Green OBE BVSc MSc PhD FRSB SFHEA MRCVS

Professor Laura Green OBE

School of Biosciences
Honorary Professor

Contact details

Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Laura is a veterinary epidemiologist specialising in infectious and non-infectious diseases of livestock. Her most notable research is on footrot, a complex bacterial disease, that causes poor welfare and production losses in sheep. Working with multidisciplinary teams, she has changed understanding of the aetiology and control of footrot and has reduced the prevalence of disease by 50%, preventing 2 million sheep from becoming lame and saving the sheep industry approximately £70 million, each year. Laura was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to the health and welfare of farmed livestock.

ORCID 0000-0003-2957-8773


  • BVSc Veterinary Science - University of Bristol
  • MSc Epidemiology - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • PhD - University of Bristol


Professor Green graduated from the University of Bristol with a bachelor's degree in veterinary science and spent one year in mixed practice. She was awarded a Wellcome Trust Scholarship that funded an MSc in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD at the University of Bristol. Professor Green moved to Warwick in 1999 after 6 years as a lecturer at the University of Bristol. She was promoted to a personal chair in 2005 and was Head of School from 2014 - 2017. In 2018, Professor Green became Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Interdisciplinary Research and Impact, before joining the University of Birmingham in October 2018 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences until 2022.


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Research Interests

  • Kate Lewis - The role of lambs, time and space in persistence of Dichelobacter nodosus, the causal agent of footrot. PhD BBSRC MIBTP iCASE with AHDB
  • Kate Bamford - Persistence and transmission of intramammary pathogens causing acute mastitis: the role of chronic intramammary abscesses; BBSRC MIBTP CASE AHDB
  • Hanne Hijs - Developing an efficient, validated, sustainable on farm syndromic surveillance system for beef cattle and sheep PhD joint funded by Warwick and AHDB.
  • Zoe Willis - Dichelobacter nodosus metapopulations and epidemiology of footrot in an endemically infected flock Funded by: BBSRC CASE with AHDB and KTN
  • Naomi Prosser - Dichelobacter nodosus serogroups in England – towards a targeted vaccine BBSRC CASE with AHDB 
  • Louise Whatford - Improved understanding of the transmission of mastitis in ewes and strategies for its control  AHDB
  • Jess Gaudy - Development, testing and roll out of an online lameness recording system for sheep farmers Funded by: British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation, AHDB

Current website

Microbial epidemiology of farmed livestock

Other activities

  • 2018 – 2021              Member BBSRC Council
  • 2017 – 2020              Member Food Standards Agency Science Council
  • 2016 – 2019              Member of Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellowship Panel
  • 2018 - 2021               Chair BBSRC Agriculture and Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel
  • 2012 -                         Invited academic member BBSRC Animal Health Research Club steering group
  • 2008 – 2018              Visiting Professor, University of Nottingham
  • 2018 – 2021              Visiting Professor, University of Warwick


Most recent publications (ORCID 0000-0003-2957-8773)

  • Grant, Claire, Kaler, Jasmeet, Ferguson, Eamonn, O'Kane, Holly, Green, Laura E. 2018. A comparison of the efficacy of three intervention trial types: postal, group, and one-to-one facilitation, prior management and the impact of message framing and repeat messages on the flock prevalence of lameness in sheep. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 149, pp. 82-91, 
  • Randall, L. V., Green, M. J., Green, Laura E., Chagunder, M. G. G., Mason, C., Archer, S. C., Huxley, J. N.. 2018. The contribution of previous lameness events and body condition score to the occurrence of lameness in dairy herds : a study of two herds. Journal of Dairy Science, 101 (2), pp. 1311-1324,
  • Clifton, Rachel, Green, Laura E., Purdy, Kevin J. 2018. Development and validation of a multiple locus variable number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) scheme for Fusobacterium necrophorum. Veterinary Microbiology, 213, pp. 108-113
  • Liu, Nicola L. B. H., Kaler, Jasmeet, Ferguson, Eamonn, O'Kane, Holly, Green, Laura E. 2018. Sheep farmers' attitudes to farm inspections and the role of sanctions and rewards as motivation to reduce the prevalence of lameness. Animal Welfare, 27 (1), pp. 67-79
  • Winter, Joanne R., Green, Laura E. 2018. Quantifying the beliefs of key players in the UK sheep industry on the efficacy of two treatments for footrot. The Veterinary Journal, 239, pp. 15-20
  • Smith, Edward M., Gilbert, Andrew, Russell, Claire L., Purdy, Kevin J., Medley, Graham, Muzafar, Mohd, Grogono-Thomas, Rosemary, Green, Laura E. 2017. Within-flock population dynamics of Dichelobacter nodosus. Frontiers In Veterinary Science, 4 (58)
  • Winter, Joanne R., Green, Laura E. 2017. Cost-benefit analysis of management practices for ewes lame with footrot. The Veterinary Journal, 220, pp. 1-6
  • Atia, Jolene, Monaghan, E. M. (Emma M.), Kaler, Jasmeet, Purdy, Kevin J., Green, Laura E., Keeling, Matthew James. 2017. Mathematical modeling of ovine footrot in the UK : the effect of Dichelobacter nodosus and Fusobacterium necrophorum on thedisease dynamics. Epidemics, 21, pp. 13-20,
  • O'Kane, Holly, Ferguson, Eamonn, Kaler, Jasmeet, Green, Laura E. 2017. Associations between sheep farmer attitudes, beliefs, emotions and personality, and their barriers to uptake of best practice: the example of footrot. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 139 (Part B), pp. 123-133,

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