Dr Kirsty Leśniak


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Kirsty is a Senior Lecturer within the Equine Science Department. Her main research interests relate to anatomical symmetry and their link to performance, health and welfare within the Equid. 

Kirsty is lead organiser for the Alltech-Hartpury National Student Conference and has a strong belief that research findings should be disseminated to improve both research quality and industry level knowledge.

Research interests

Kirsty's key research interests include:

  • Equine anatomical symmetry: the incidence and prevalence of functional and non-functional trait asymmetry, its impacts on, or its reflection of, health and performance within the competitive and non-competitive Equid.
  • Equine conformation: the association between conformation, performance ability and injury prevalence.
  • Hoof conformation: the health and geometry of the hoof in relation to the internal and external loading placed on it, its role in compensating for asymmetries in structure or load.  
  • Management of the equine hoof: shoeing, trimming, the use of studs in relation to hoof health, performance and biomechanics.

Current teaching

Kirsty leads on the equine anatomy and physiology, exercsie physiology and sports medicine related modules delivered to the undergraduate honours degree programmes in addition to the postgraduate equine exercsie physiology module. Kirsty manages the MRes Equestrian Performance, the MSc Equine Science and the equien related PG Diploma' and PG Certificates. 

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Post Graduate Certificate, Destination of 2006/07 graduates from the BSc (Hons) Equine Science, University of the West of England (UWE)

Oct 2008Jun 2009

Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

Equine Science, MSc , An investigation into the prevalence and characteristics of asymmetry across a population of domesticated Equus Caballus, University of the West of England (UWE)

Award Date: 31 May 2002

Equine Science, BSc (Hons) , An investigation into the relationship betweenm fluctuating asymmetry and performance in event horses, University of the West of England (UWE)

Award Date: 31 May 2000

PhD, The impact of functional trait and distal limb asymmetries on equine welfare and performance, Portsmouth University

31 Oct 200117 Dec 2021

External positions

External Examiner, University of Nottingham

1 Nov 2021 → …

Council Member , Institute of Anatomical Sciences

Mar 2020 → …

Journal Editor (joint), Institute of Anatomical Sciences

Mar 2020 → …

External Examiner (University Centre Sparsholt), Portsmouth University

May 2016Nov 2020

External Assessor - Curriculum validation panel, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise


External Assessor - Curriculum validation panel, University Centre Sparsholt

Apr 2010Sept 2011


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