PhD Studentship: Lameness in dairy cattle – Furthering our understanding of the aetiopathogenesis of the lesions of claw horn disruption

University of Nottingham - School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS)

Project title: Profitable, effective and sustainable environments for dairy cattle; quantifying the impacts of the housed environment on health, physiology and productivity.

Principal supervisor: Prof Martin Green

Other supervisors: Prof Jon Huxley plus colleagues and collaborators

Background: The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) undertakes research on many key aspects of companion animals and livestock health and production. Research at the School is integrated into the University structure with established world class research in biomedical sciences within the other University Schools.  Research undertaken at the School is relevant to both Veterinary Medicine and Science and Comparative and Human Medicine.

Project description: The project will be based at the SVMS at the University of Nottingham and is part of an exciting, research partnership with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB Dairy).

We would like to invite applications for a 3 year PhD position, funded by the AHDB Dairy, to investigate the impacts of the housed environment on dairy cow health, physiology and productivity. This studentship is one of three AHDB funded PhDs in this area and fits into a larger, long-term, cohesive project. The successful applicant will work within the Dairy Herd Health Group (www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/dairy-herd-health-group/index.aspx)

Currently there is debate around housing and management systems for dairy cattle. Enhancing environmental conditions during periods of housing is essential to optimise production and profit, to maximise cow health and wellbeing and importantly, to promote positive public perception of the industry. Despite the importance of this area, limited research has been conducted exploring the interaction between the environment and animal health, physiology and production.

The successful candidate will work with AHDB Dairy and dairy farmers to identify priority areas for research and then design and conduct experiments within the new flexible dairy housing facility at Nottingham, which will allow the controlled evaluation of a multitude of alterations in the housed environment. Outcomes will further our understanding of how best to design housing to optimise health, welfare and productivity.

The successful candidate will require an enthusiasm for working in the dairy industry; previous experience in this area would be advantageous. They should be dedicated, enjoy working as part of a team and have an interest in participating in public and farmer facing events. 

Further information and Application: Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree in animal or veterinary sciences and have previous experience working on dairy farms.

The successful applicant will receive a tax free stipend of £15,000pa (with a top up available to veterinary graduates of £6,000 pa). Fees for Home/EU students will be paid.

Candidates should apply online at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx including a cover letter and CV.  Queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Postgraduate Admissions Officer, (postgrad-vet@nottingham.ac.uk).

Potential applicants are invited to contact the supervisors Prof Martin Green (martin.green@nottingham.ac.uk) or Prof Jon Huxley (jon.huxley@nottingham.ac.uk) for further formation.

Start Date:

25th September 2017

Closing date:

17th February 2017 (if selected, interviews are scheduled for 31st March 2017)

Eligibility for Funding

There are funding restrictions for Non-EU students.

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PhD

Location(s):

Midlands of England