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Mr Mark Burnell

Mark Burnell
  • Location: Dorset
  • Year of Fellowship: 2019
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to the Profession

Areas of special interest

  • Farm animal herd health
  • Cattle lameness
  • Genomics

Areas of support

  • Innovation in professional practice
  • Professional mentoring
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Translating research into veterinary practice


After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 1985, Mark entered dairy practice in Castle Cary, Somerset. In 1990 he moved to Dorset and continued with predominantly dairy work, obtaining the Dutch Foot Trimming Diploma in 1991, the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production in 1993, and the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (University of Liverpool) in 2004.

He was a founding member of the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers and has been an examiner for the Short Course Technical Diploma in Cattle Foot Care, as well as External Examiner for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Cert AVP and DBR at the University of Liverpool.

He has been the Clinical Director of a large farm animal practice, Synergy Farm Health, which provides veterinary services to farms in Dorset, Somerset and East Devon.

Much of his time is now spent with large herd health and fertility management including breeding and genomics, and he retains a special interest in all aspects of cattle lameness as well as mentoring young farm animal veterinarians. He has spoken widely to farmer and veterinary audiences in the UK and abroad, and regularly holds training sessions in foot care. In 2010 Mark won the Farmers Weekly Livestock Advisor of the Year Award.

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