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Professor Sarah Baillie

Professor Sarah Baillie

Professor Sarah Baillie
BSc(Bristol), BVSc(Bristol), RCVS Cert

Emeritus Professor

Area of research

Veterinary education, clinical skills teaching, curriculum development, haptic simulators (including the Haptic Cow)

Langford House,
Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
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+44 (0) 117 331 9065


Veterinary education and haptic simulators (including the Haptic Cow)

A range of veterinary education projects and publications in areas including:

  • Clinical skills (teaching, curriculum and models)
  • Curriculum design and educational quality assurance
  • Assessment and outcomes assessment
  • Staff trainng (faculty development)
  • Haptic simulators (including the Haptic Cow, Haptic Horse for equine colic diagnosis, and many more)
  • Professional studies (including a Best Evidence Medical Education review)
  • And work-based learning, graduate attributes, interprofessional education, mental wellbeing, Web 2.0 in informal lifelong learning (including the EU funded veterinary professional network NOVICE) and investigating expertise using cognitive task analysis and psychophysics.

Research keywords

  • haptic
  • curriculum
  • simulation
  • veterinary education
  • haptic cow
  • assessment 

For further information about Professor Sarah Baillie please go here.


Sarah led a major curriculum review at Bristol Vet School and is particularly interested in curriculum design, outcomes assessment, educational quality assurance and clinical skills. She is a National Teaching Fellow and the Times Higher Education 'Most Innovative Teacher of the Year' (2009). She received the BSAVA Amoroso Award in 2017 for contributions to small animal medicine in particular for innovation in clinical skills, models and simulations and the University of Bristol Vice Chancellor's Award for Educational Excellence. She became the University of Bristol's first Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014. Sarah and the Haptic Cow participated in the BBC Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution in 2014.

** NEW Our clinical skills instruction booklets are now available and free to download from the booklet website **

Sarah graduated from the University of Bristol in 1986 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. She worked in mixed practice in the Cotswolds where her main interest was dairy herd health and she gained an RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production (1992). After moving to central Scotland in 1994, she changed to doing mostly small animal work. In 2001, Sarah did an MSc in computing science at the University of Glasgow and then a PhD (2003–2006) developing and validating the Haptic Cow: a virtual reality (VR) simulator used in veterinary training and worked at the RVC in LIVE as a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Education from 2006 - 2011. Sarah has been at Bristol since 2012 and is now Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Education.

Sarah has received several awards for her work in veterinary education and with haptic simulators:

  • April 2017: BSAVA Amoroso Award for contributions to small animal medicine
  • September 2014: Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) - the first at the University of Bristol
  • July 2014: Vice Chancellor's Award for Educational Excellence - University of Bristol Teaching Awards
  • January 2011: First vet to receive a Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • September 2010: National Teaching Fellowship (more information)
  • March 2010: Women of Outstanding Achievement in SET in the 'Discovery, Innovation and Entrepreneurship' category. Eight-nine women from industry and academia were nominated for the UK Resource Centre for Women. 
  • October 2009: Times Higher Education's Most Innovative Teacher of the Year. Over 80 university teachers from around the UK were entered for the award in 2009. See news article

Sarah’s research interests include:

  • Haptic (touch) computer simulators for veterinary training and research:
  • A wide range of Veterinary Education projects and research:

*** Watch the Haptic Cow and Haptic Horse on YouTube (Virtalis) and at the Royal Institution and BBC Christmas lectures in this video ***


  • haptic
  • simulator
  • simulation
  • veterinary education
  • haptic cow

Recent publications

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