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David Black

David Black


Paragon Veterinary Group, Cumbria, UK


David is Managing Director of Paragon Veterinary Group, a three centre, 20 vet, mixed practice in Cumbria. His main clinical interest is in dairy practice, gaining his Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 1998, and becoming an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production in 2003. He recently achieved his DVetMed (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) at Nottingham University, based on cattle advanced breeding and the effects of minerals on cattle fertility.

Although he has, after 12 years, recently retired from the Board of XLVets, a group of independent veterinary practices who work collaboratively together to deliver “Excellence in Practice”, he is still closely involved with several projects.

He is Managing Director of Activf-ET, a consortium delivering advanced breeding technologies to the UK cattle industry and beyond, which resulted from two successful Innovate UK supported projects, partnering with Semex and the Universities of Nottingham and Kent, working on ovum pickup (OPU), in-vitro production (IVP) of embryos and genomic analysis of embryos in cattle. He is currently leading another Innovate/DFID project working to select, amplify and export appropriate cattle genetics to Zimbabwe and so support sustainable milk and beef production there. He is supporting two other colleagues involved with advanced breeding innovation projects.

He is Senior Independent Director of the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS), Treasurer of, and representative of the UK on the committee of the World Association for Buiatrics and is a member and past Chairman of the Dairy Science Forum.

Most recently he has been involved with VetSalus as Executive Chairman. This is an exciting innovative global collaboration of veterinary consultants working with food producers to improve animal health, welfare and sustainability; wholesome food from healthy animals.

Published Papers
  • BLACK, D.H. 1991. Inherited Cardiomyopathy in adult Holstein Friesian cattle in Britain. Veterinary Record, 129, 435
  • BLACK, D. & HOLLIMAN, A. 1993. Bovine disseminated haemangioma. Veterinary Record, 132, 227-227.
  • BLACK, D. H. & FRENCH, N. R. 1999. Copper Supplementation and Bovine Pregnancy Rates – Three Types of Supplementation compared in Commercial Dairy Herds.  Cattle Practice.  7(4):  423-429
  • BLACK, D.H. Proceedings of XXI World Buiatrics Congress, Uruguay, December 2000; Copper Supplementation and Bovine Fertility – Three Types of Supplementation Compared in Commercial Dairy Herds
  • BLACK, D.H. Proceedings of XXII World Buiatrics Congress, Hanover, August 2002; “Foot and Mouth Disease in Cumbria in 2001: Experiences of a Veterinary Practice in the Front-line”
  • BLACK, D. H. & FRENCH, N. R. 2004. Effects of three types of trace element supplementation on the fertility of three commercial dairy herds. Veterinary Record, 154, 652-658.
  • BLACK, D.H. Proceedings of XXIII World Buiatrics Congress, Quebec, August 2004; “Foot and Mouth Disease in Cumbria in 2001: Experiences of a Veterinary Practice”6
  • BLACK, D.H. Proceedings of XXIV World Buiatrics Congress, Nice, August 2006; “A Case Study of Copper Responsive, Sulphur Induced Infertility in a Commercial Dairy Herd”, “Mineral Supplementation and Bovine Fertility – Two types of Glass Bolus Supplementation Compared”
  • RICHARDS, B. D., BLACK, D. H., CHRISTLEY, R. M., ROYAL, M. D., SMITH, R. F. & DOBSON, H. 2009. Effects of the administration of ketoprofen at parturition on the milk yield and fertility of Holstein-Friesian cattle. Veterinary Record, 165, 102-106.
  • BLACK, D. H. & KENDALL, N. R. 2010. The Attitudes and Approach to Trace Element Diagnosis and Treatment in the UK. Cattle Practice, 18, 67-72.
  • BLACK, D. H. 2015. A review of cattle advanced breeding in the UK. Cattle Practice, 23, 9-19.
  • BLACK, D. H. & SINCLAIR, K. D. 2017. Preliminary findings from an in vitro embryo production optimisation study in cattle in the UK. Cattle Practice, 25, 276-280.
  • TURNER, K., GRIFFIN, D., SILVESTRI, G., SINCLAIR, K., SMITH, C., BLACK, D. & HANDYSIDE, A. 2017. Introducing karyomapping to the cattle breeding industry: use of a comprehensive preimplantation genetic test to optimise the delivery of superior genetics. Reproduction in Domestic Animals, 52, 59-59.
  • BRADLEY, A. J., LEACH, K. A., GREEN, M. J., GIBBONS, J., OHNSTAD, I. C., BLACK, D. H., PAYNE, B., PROUT, V. E. & BREEN, J. E. 2018. The impact of dairy cows’ bedding material and its microbial content on the quality and safety of milk – A cross sectional study of UK farms. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 269, 36-45.
  • BLACK, D.H. & SINCLAIR, K.D. Abstract accepted for XXX World Buiatrics Congress, Sapporo, August 2018: Establishing a robust ovum pickup (OPU) and in vitro embryo production (IVP) system for use in UK cattle breeding.
  • SANDARS, D., WILLIAMS, A., SCOTT, H., BLACK, D., READER, J., BROWNLEE, G., KING, A., CAIRNS, L., & STATHAM, J.M.E. (2018)  The environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of better health management in cattle: The cases of ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis, bovine viral diarrhoea, and calf pneumonia Cattle Practice Vol 26:2 pp 125-126
  • SCOTT, H., BLACK, D., READER, J., BROWNLEE, G., KING, A., CAIRNS, L., & STATHAM, J.M.E. (2018) Veterinary clinical data surveillance (“DataVet”) Cattle Practice Vol 26:2 pp 123-124