Dr Waldron started working in the animal feed industry in 1991, after completing a BSc degree at the University of Lancaster, UK, where she studied biological sciences, specialising in animal physiology, biochemistry and microbiology. From 1992 – 1995 she completed a PhD at Harper Adams University College, in the UK where she developed methods for modeling digestion of cereals in monogastric animals, developing and comparing in vivo and in vitro methods for assessing energy release from starches.
After working as a commercial trials officer running research involving various species of farmed animals, she was employed as a technical manager within the newly flourishing feed enzymes business. Other commercial roles held during the following decade included the development and commercialisation of active plant-derived feed ingredients, and involvement in all aspects of nutrition within a variety of animal species –poultry, pigs, calves, lambs, cats, dogs and horses. Her work has taken her to more than 40 countries worldwide, giving her broad experience of feeding practices, research requirements, nutrition, diet formulation, feed raw materials and commercialisation of animal feeds.
She has been closely involved in many projects where natural or alternative solutions to potentially problematic additives are sought, as well as investigating the human health and animal welfare benefits of novel feeding strategies. She has been involved in writing numerous scientific books, and is currently the Editor in Chief of the World’s Poultry Science Journal. Her expertise and commercial experience includes pig, calf and poultry production as well as equine nutrition and companion animals.
Dr Waldron holds an emeritus position at Massey University in New Zealand as a Research Fellow, and various post-graduate students have passed through her hands in her capacity as a supervisor, PhD and MSc examiner. Lucy is editor in chief of Journal of Applied Animal Nutrition and World’s Poultry Science Journal. She is a member of the Royal Society NZ and a Registered Animal Scientist with the British Society of Animal Science in the UK (BSAS.org.uk).
Dr Shay Hill PhD NutrSci
Dr Hill completed a BSc degree majoring in Animal Science at Massey University, NZ in 2001. Following graduation, she began working as a Research Assistant at the university, working on a wide range of nutrition trials in various species, which lead to her completing an MSc degree in palatability enhancers for cats. In 2004 she joined a large pet food company in NZ as Product Development Technologist, and later returned to Palmerston North as a commercial pet food Quality Assurance specialist.
Dr Hill later returned to Massey University to undertake a PhD in companion animal nutrition where she studied the dietary requirements of working dogs. Throughout her PhD, Shay was also involved in numerous research studies in animal and human nutrition, particularly with cats, dogs, pigs and rats. Her broad research interests, combined with her commercial work in the pet food industry, has given her in-depth knowledge and experience of animal nutrition, pet food manufacturing processes, diet formulations, new product development and marketing, label regulations, quality audits and all facets of nutritional research including animal handling and sampling techniques.
Dr Dave Thomas PhD
Dr Thomas completed a BSc Honours degree in Zoology at Dundee University in 1990 which was followed by a PhD in Deer Seasonality at the University College London from 1991 to 1995. During his research, he also worked at London Zoo with various exotic species.
Since 2003 he has been a lecturer and researcher in animal science and nutrition at the Institute of of Vetinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University and now holds the post of Senior Lecturer, where he is responsible for directing the Feline and Canine research facilities. Since 2006 he has worked with Dr Waldron running nutritional trials with horses and claves for commercial companies.
Although working for Massey University, Dr Thomas has become an integral and valued member of the LWT Animal Nutrition Ltd team, providing scientific support and involvement in nutrition projects, training seminars and research. He has supervised many successful post-graduate students and is an active promoter of commercial research for the University.
Mr Martin Goodyer BSc
Martin has been involved with grants submissions and project management with LWT for many years now. Recently he began his own freelance business, advising on grant availability, assisting with submissions (especially on the financial side) and project management. Martin has a BSc (Hons) 1st Class in Industrial Engineering Management from Coventry University, and qualification in Operations Management, Project Management, Total Quality Management, Advanced Operations Management, Business Strategy and Engineering Organisations. Via his involvement with LWT we can further assist clients in obtaining grant funding for their own R&D programs as well as managing the development of new ideas. Martin’s helpful and approachable manner makes him a great asset for us here, and one we are happy to have in order to provide a more complete service for our clients.