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Dr Jane Furness

Programme Leader: Veterinary Nursing Senior lecturer

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Dr Jane Furness

Room: Corbishley Hall, Northop


+44 (0) 1978 293053


I have spent over 15 years nursing in Veterinary Practices, from a student veterinary nurse to Practice Manager.   Most of my nursing was in London, but I have also worked in Scotland, West Sussex, Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands and even for a short time on a small island in the West Indies!

I have lectured at both FE and HE Institutions in a range of Animal and Veterinary Nursing programmes as well as on the lecturing team at Coventry University for Human Biosciences.

As an experienced lecturer, my commitment and enthusiasm in providing students with an excellent learning experience is central to my role. Ensuring that my students are prepared for their chosen career path, with an understanding of their responsibility to life-long learning is of key importance.

I spend most weekends walking with my two Italian Spinones, Arco and Osla. When I am not out with the dogs I am training for a half Iron-man, to be honest, I would rather be out with Arco and Osla any day!

Fellowship of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 2018 

PhD awarded from Coventry University 2016

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Physiology and Pharmacology), First Class 2009

Veterinary Nursing Clinical Coach Certificate, 2010

Veterinary Nursing Qualification, 1985     

I will be teaching on a range of modules on the new FdSc Veterinary Nursing programme including: Anaesthesia and Surgical Nursing Practice, Foundations in Nursing Practice, Professional and Academic Development, Emergency, Critical Care and Specialised Nursing, Leadership and Reflective Practice.  I also deliver Anatomy and Physiology for the Animal Science and Equine programmes.


Determination of the degree of polymerisation of fructans from ryegrass and chicory using MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry and Gel Permeation Chromatography coupled to multiangle laser light scattering. Evans, M., Gallagher, J.A., Ratcliffe, I. and Williams, P.A. (2015) Food Hydrocolloids (in press)

Self assembly and emulsification properties of hydrophobically-modified inulin. Han, L. , Ratcliffe, I. and Williams, P.A. (2015). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (in press)

Synthesis, Characterization and Self-Assembly of Biosurfactants Based on Hydrophobically Modified Inulins. Kokubun, S.; Ratcliffe, I. and Williams, P. A. (2013). Biomacromolecules 14, 2830-2836. 

Small Strain Deformation Measurements of Konjac Glucomannan Solutions and the Influence of Borate Cross-linking. Ratcliffe, I.; Williams, P.A.; English, R.J. and Meadows, J. (2013). Carbohydrate Polymers 95, 272-281.

Emulsion stabilisation using polysaccharide-protein complexes.Evans, M.; Ratcliffe, I. and Williams, P. A. (2013). Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science 18, 272-282.

Control of the properties of xanthan/glucomannan mixed gels by varying xanthan fine structure. Fitzpatrick, P., Meadows, J. Ratcliffe, I. and Williams, P.A. (2013).  Carbohydrate Polymers 92, 1018-1025.

Clay swelling - A challenge in the oilfield. Anderson, R. L.; Ratcliffe, I; Greenwell, H. C.; Williams, P. A.; Cliffe, S. and Coveney, P. V. (2010). Earth-Science Reviews  98 (3-4)  201-216.  

Effect of Polydispersity on Fluorescence Quenching in Micelles Formed by Telechelic Associative Polymers. English, R.J.; Ratcliffe, I.; Blanchard, R. and Parsons, B.J. (2007). Macromolecules 40 6699-6708.

Rheological Properties of Borate Cross-Linked Glucomannans. Ratcliffe, I. (2005) Ph.D. thesis.

Physicochemical Characterization of Konjac Glucomannan. Ratcliffe, I.; Williams, P.A.; Viebke, C. and Meadows, J. (2005). Biomacromolecules 6 (4) 1977-1986.

Small Deformation Measurements of Transient Gels using Vane Rheometry. Ratcliffe, I.; Williams, P.A.; English, R.J. and Meadows, J.  in Williams, P.A. and Phillips, G.O. (Eds) (2004): Gums and Stabilisers For the Food Industry 12. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, U.K. pp.360-367.

I have an interest in the concept of One Health and One Wellbeing and how this can be embedded into the curriculum to strengthen and enhance collaborations between veterinary and human-centred nursing to create a positive impact to the wider community.

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