Dr Andrew Hemmings

Associate Professor of Equine Science and Head of Equine Management and Science School
Andrew Hemmings


Associate Professor of Equine Science and Head of Equine Management and Science School


BSc (Aberystwyth), MSc (Aberystwyth), PhD (Aberystwyth)

Contact details


Tel: 01285 652531


University positions

  • Head of School
  • Research committee member
  • Lunchtime research seminar coordinator



Research techniques 

  • Homologous competition binding assays featuring radioligands for quantification of receptor density / affinity
  • Tissue sectioning using cryotome and microtome devices
  • Autoradiography of radioligands bound to frozen tissue sections
  • Histological techniques applied to the brain
    • Nissl Satin
    • Weil’s stain for myelin sheaths
  • Behavioural probes of brain function
    • Tolmans Maze
    •  Extinction Learning Paradigms
    • Contingency Manipulation
    • Spontaneous Eye Blink Rate
  • Tooth-pit analysis of skeletal remnants to ascertain identity of predator species
  • Use of camera traps to monitor wild / feral animal populations 

Commercial research collaborations: 

  • Lesaffre Yeast Ltd (effect of yeast supplementation on behaviour and digestibility in horses)
  • Nupafeed Ltd, (effects of magnesium supplementation on behaviour in horses)
  • Natural Animal Feeds (effects of magnesium supplementation on behaviour in horses)
  • Horse Licks (effects of lick provision on stereotypy frequency in horses)
  • Likits (effects of lick provision on stereotypy frequency in horses)


Programme Manager

  • BSc (Hons) Equine Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) Equine Studies

Teaching areas

  • Equine behaviour
  • Equine genetics
  • Animal welfare


Journal articles and book chapters

  • Hale, C.E. Warren, H. and Hemmings, A. (2012). The fermentation of hay and starch when incubated in vitro with faecal inoccula from either normal healthy horses or horses with a history of laminitis. In Forages and Grazing in Horse Nutrition. Wageningen Academic Publishers. 357 - 361
  • Hale, C.E. Hemmings, A. and Bee, S. (2011).  The effects of a high starch, cereal-based diet compared to a low starch, fibre-based diet on reactivity in horses.  In Applied Equine Nutrition and Training.  Wageningen Academic Publishers. 227-231.
  • Hale, C.E. Laycock, G. and Hemmings A. (2008). Stress responses of semi-feral foals at auction. Animal Welfare. 17 (supp) 100.
  • Hale, C.E. Moore-Colyer, M.J.S and Hemmings, A. (2007). Feeding with Welfare in Mind: the role of alternative forages in meeting energy demands of domesticated horses. Animal Welfare. 16, (supp) 170.
  • Hemmings, A. McBride, S.D. and Hale, C.E. (2007). Preservative responding and the aetiology of equine oral stereotypy.Applied Animal Behaviour Science. (104)143-150.
  • Hemmings, A. McBride, S.D and Smith, N.C (2004). The putative reward function of equine stereotypic behaviour. InEmerging Equine Science. Nottingham University Press. 67-78.
  • McBride, S.D and Hemmings, A. (2009). A neurologic perspective of equine stereotypy. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 29 (1) 10-16.
  • McBride, S.D and Hemmings, A. (2005). Altered mesoaccumbens and nigro-striatal dopamine physiology is associated with stereotypy development in a non-rodent species. Behavioural Brain Research. 159, 113-118.
  • McBride, S.D and Hemmings, A. (2004). Causal factors of equine stereotypy. In Emerging Equine Science. Nottingham University Press. 35-65.
  • McBride, S.D Hemmings, A. and Robinson, K. (2004) A preliminary study on the effect of massage to reduce stress in the horse. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 24, 76-81

Conference presentations 

  • Hemmings, A. (2013) Behavioural probes of altered brain function. Invited Keynote Speech. Myerscough Research Symposium. Myerscough College 
  • Hemmings, A. (2013) Feeding and behaviour. Invited Plenary Address. Equine Behaviour Forum, Myerscough College.
  • Hemmings, A. (2013) Neurologic perspectives on animal welfare. Invited Plenary Address. UFAW / Hartpury Animal Welfare Conference. Hartpury College.
  • Hemmings, A. (2012) Equine behavioural neurobiology: research goals for the next decade and beyond. Invited Plenary Address. Annual Conference of the International Society for Equitation Science. University of Edinburgh.
  • Hemmings, A. (2012). Brain function in relation to training and performance. Keynote Presentation. Alltech Equine Symposium. Hartpury College, Gloucestershire.
  • Hemmings, A. (2012). Brain function in relation to training and performance. Keynote Presentation. Theatre Presentation.Horses Inside Out Annual Conference.  Royal Agricultural College, Gloucestershire.
  • Hemmings, A. (2011).  Brain function in relation to training and performance. Theatre Presentation. Horses Inside Out Annual Conference.  Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire. 

Articles in technical press

  • Hemmings, A. and Hale, C.E. (2013) A matter of survival. Equine Health 6 [3] 37-39 
  • Hemmings, A. and Hale, C.E. (2013) From dawn horse to race horse. Equine Health 3 [2] 40-41
  • Hemmings, A. (2013) Breeding in the feral state. Equine Health 3 [1] 38- 40
  • Hemmings, A. (2012) The genetic basis of unwanted behaviour: a glimpse into the future of genetic screening. Equine Health. 2 [5] 20-21 

Articles in popular press 

  • Hemmings, A. (2011) Fuelling bad habits. Horse and Hound, June 2011.
  • Hemmings, A. (2009) Do crib-biters make better competition horses? Horse and Hound, August 2009.