Epidemiology of diseases of livestock.
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution, causes and prevention of diseases in populations. It is an ideal approach for the study of complex diseases in real life settings that can lead to real improvements in health and welfare.
My aim is to improve the health and welfare of farmed livestock using epidemiological approaches in a multidisciplinary setting; using state of the art methodologies using statistical and mathematical modelling together with microbiology, welfare and behaviour sciences and the social sciences together with close discussion with farmers and veterinarians to study disease on commercial farms and to ensure that our research impacts and reduces disease in farm animals.
I am interested in persistent bacterial diseases that are common in livestock and our group currently works on footrot in sheep (funders, BBSRC, EBLEX, Defra) and mastitis in sheep (EBLEX, BBSRC) and cattle. I am interested in explaining the spread and persistence of diseases to industry to help them make more informed decisions about control of infectious diseases and we are working on spread and persistence of PRRS in pigs (BPEX).
I am also interested in common non infectious diseases that affect farm animals and reduce their welfare and our group work on lameness in cattle and lameness in pigs (Defra, Teagasc).
I am a member of the Farm Animal Welfare CommitteeVisiting Professor, University of NottinghamMember, REF panel A - subpanel 6
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