Lee graduated from The University of Sydney in 1992 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. After 2 years in rural veterinary practice in northern NSW, Australia she undertook a 3-year residency programme in Theriogenology at the University of Guelph in Canada during which time she also became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1997, and then graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Science in 1998. Lee is also a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction in Australasia.
In 2004, Lee was elected onto the committee for the International Symposium of Equine Reproduction. Lee has been honored as an Honarary Associate of The University of Sydney (Australia) and an Honorary Lecturer at The University of Waikato (NZ) in recognition of her contribution to research at both institutions. Her DVSc thesis work encompassed in vitro studies (IVF) on the production of embryos and the assessment of male fertility.
From 1998 to 2001 Lee was employed as the Senior Veterinary Research Scientist at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket (UK) where she worked with Professor Twink Allen and developed the hysteroscopic (low dose) insemination procedure for horses.
In 2001 Lee was the Senior Registrar at The University of Sydney from where she provided clinical reproductive services for horses and dogs and conducted research into sex-sorted semen. Lee is also the Australasian consultant to XY Inc. (USA) for research into sex- preselection of stallion sperm and has collaborated with Prof. Ed. Squires, Colorado State University.
Lee has been in New Zealand since 2002 and is now the Specialist Equine Reproduction veterinarian at EquiBreed Ltd and a consultant to Glenbred canine artificial breeding services. She has also lectured and provided clinical tuition to veterinary students at The University of Guelph (Canada), Cambridge University (UK) and The University of Sydney (Australia).
Lee has also been the Industry supervisor of an MSc thesis (Waikato University, New Zealand) and a PhD thesis (The University of Sydney, Australia). She has published peer-reviewed scientific papers and has presented her research internationally. She has chapters in press in the Veterinary Clinics of North America and the textbook on Equine Reproduction edited by Samper, Pycock and McKinnon. Lee co-organised the Havemeyer Foundation Workshop in New Orleans in 2001 entitled “From Epididymis to Embryo” and the NZ Sport Horse Foundation Breeders seminar in 2003. Her special interests include artificial insemination (AI), embryo transfer (ET), epididymal spermatozoa, hysteroscopy, equine laparoscopy, semen freezing technology, sex-sorted semen and challenging cases of mare or stallion infertility.
Dr Lee Morris BVSc DVSc DipACT
Registered Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction
Lee is one of my mentors and a very handy friend! I admire her dedication to science and meticulous attention to detail in her work.. attributes which I believe are responsible for her amazing results and successes when dealing with some very challenging cases!