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Louise Whatford

Welcome to my e-portfolio page!

I hope the following page provides you with an insight into my background and into my research interests. If you have any queries or questions on the content of this page please do not hesitate to contact me.


In 2008 I graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. I then decided to go travelling and work abroad to gain different experiences and skills but I never lost my interest in science and research. It wasn’t long before I missed the thrills and challenges of academic life and knew I wanted to get back into it. After working for a year as a Research Assistant at the University of Bristol on a livestock epidemiological project my mind was made up.

Research project summary

I am currently in the fourth year of my PhD based at the School of Life Sciences, supervised by Professor Laura Green, Dr Kevin Purdy and Dr Corinna Clark and funded by AHDB Beef & Lamb. The title of my project is:

Improved understanding of the transmission of mastitis in ewes and strategies for its control.

Mastitis is defined as an inflammation of the mammary gland, which is usually caused by bacterial invasion and infection. It is an important endemic disease in sheep causing drastic economic drains at both farm and industry level via such consequences as decreased milk quality or yield, reducing lamb growth rate and premature culling. It is not only a financial concern but also impacts heavily on the health and welfare of the sheep.

My project aims to increase understanding of the transmission routes of mastitis and develop control mechanisms to reduce the risk of mastitis, which could reduce these economic costs and improve welfare.

For further information on my project please visit my project page and for further information on the group please follow the link located on the right hand side of the screen.

Louise Whatford

School of Life Sciences
University of Warwick

Email:L dot Whatford at warwick dot ac dot uk

My research project page

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