I qualified as a vet from Edinburgh (R(D)SVS) in 2000 and, after working for 5 years as a clinician in small animal practice, I did a Msc in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health through the RVC, which allowed me to make the my transition into veterinary epidemiological research
I worked for 2 years for the government in the veterinary surveillance team at the Central Science Laboratory (now the Food and Environment Research Agency), where I mainly performed qualitative risk assessments on the role of different animal species, including wildlife, as reservoirs of disease.
In 2008, I started my Phd at the University of Warwick on mastitis (udder infection) in sheep. Mastitis is a condition of animal welfare concern and economic importance to the UK sheep farming industry. This is a 3 year project funded by EBLEX (English Beef and Lamb Executive) to further our understanding of the patterns of udder infection and disease in meat flocks in the UK, a much needed area of research. Using longitudinal field studies, we are investigating what makes some animals more susceptible to udder infection than others, whilst investigating the range of udder health states that typically exist through lactation in UK meat flocks. By considering what constitutes a healthy udder and identifying management, ewe and udder factors that are associated with udder disease, we can strive to provide advice to industry on how farmers may optimise udder health in order to improve production.
s dot huntley at warwick dot ac dot uk