|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||Fully funded, including fees, stipend and training|
|Placed On:||25th November 2021|
|Closes:||31st January 2022|
This studentship aims to determine if the Antimicrobial Resistance Simulator tool (AMRSim | Welcome) can be used to change the behaviour of veterinary staff towards infection control that subsequently results in reduced infection rates and therefore improve animal health and welfare.
Applications are invited for a prestigious three year, Zoetis, Glasgow School of Art, University of Plymouth and University of Surrey (School of Veterinary Medicine) fully funded PhD studentship, commencing in January 2022. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) remains a global challenge for animal and human health, and novel intervention strategies are urgently sought. This studentship aims to determine if AMRSim - developed through AHRC-funded projects, AMRSim (AMRSim) and VIPVis (GtR (ukri.org)) can be used to change the behaviour of veterinary staff towards infection control that subsequently results in reduced infection rates and therefore improve animal health and welfare.
The student will work with academic and clinical colleagues to pilot AMRSim before fuller evaluation of different ways of implementing AMRSim in a variety of companion animal veterinary practices. There are several potential ways for a practice to use AMRSim: face to face workshop; web- or tablet- based for self-paced individual learning. A key component of this PhD will be to determine which delivery format has the biggest impact on changing behaviours. The second component is to determine whether the use of AMRSim in veterinary practice results in fewer post-surgical infections, less environmental contamination, and reduced antibiotic prescribing.
This exceptional research opportunity requires a candidate with an interest in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and who holds a good first degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject such as biology, microbiology or veterinary medicine. The project will involve microbiology-based laboratory work, together with assessment of perceptions, understanding, and behaviours pre- and post- implementation of AMRSim. Therefore, a sound understanding of microbiology is required and some background in psychology/behavioural science would be highly desirable. However, if required, full training will be provided.
The successful applicant will be registered with the University of Surrey and based in the School of Veterinary Medicine (Guildford), with field work undertaken in local veterinary practices. Occasional visits to the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Plymouth may also be required.
This is a 3-year project starting in April 2022 and is open to UK applicants.
Supervisors and Advisors
Supervisor 1: Professor Roberto La Ragione (University of Surrey)
Supervisor 2: Professor Mark Chambers (University of Surrey) Supervisor
3: Dr Kayleigh Wyles (University of Plymouth).
Minimum of a 2.1 degree in biological sciences related subject or a degree in medicine/dentistry or veterinary medicine.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted via the Veterinary Medicine and Science PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab.
Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.
Fully funded, including fees, stipend and training. Funding source: University of Surrey and Zoetis
For application enquiries, please contact Professor Roberto La Ragione (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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