I am a farm animal vet with a special interest in infectious diseases of production animals. I am interested in both the spread of these diseases through populations and the impact they have on production and welfare.
I qualified from the Royal Vet College in 2007 and following time in mixed practice joined a project investigating survival of short horn zebu calves in western Kenya and, particularly, their response to Theileria parva. As part of this project I completed a PhD in veterinary epidemiology. In 2013 I returned to practice and worked first in private practice in Perthshire and then returned to the RDSVS, University of Edinburgh and the farm animal practice, working again as a clinical vet. Alongside the clinical work and teaching, this role led me back in to research.
My work with EPIC (since July 2019) concentrates on increasing our understanding and maximising the effectiveness of surveillance for disease in Scottish livestock.
In addition to my work with EPIC, I am currently researching calf and lamb neonatal mortality (AHDB funded grant), and also work with other projects on calf welfare (with SRUC), and ruminant parasitology.
I hold the RCVS Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP Cattle), and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I continue to be heavily involved in teaching at the RDSVS at undergraduate and post-graduate level. I am a member and am on the committee for the Sheep Veterinary Society.
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