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PhD Studentship: Prevention and control of clinical mastitis and associated antimicrobial use in dairy cows

Veterinary Medicine & Science

Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Tuesday 13 December 2022
Reference:  MED1905

Principal supervisor: Dr Peter Down

Other supervisors: Dr Pablo Silva Boloña, Prof. Martin Green

Background: This PhD Fellowship is a joint research project between Teagasc Moorepark and the University of Nottingham. The successful candidate will be based in the Teagasc Research Centre at Moorepark, Co. Cork, Ireland. The candidate will have to travel to the University of Nottingham to accomplish both their academic and research objectives. The successful candidate will be registered at University of Nottingham.

Project description: Mastitis is one of the most economically important disease affecting adult dairy cattle. It has a major impact on animal welfare and milk production, resulting in high economic losses for both farmers and processors, as udder health status greatly affects milk production and quality. Mastitis is also one of the main drivers of antimicrobial use in dairy cows. This represents a societal challenge due to the potential for the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria resulting from their use. The majority of mammary gland infections in Ireland are caused by Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that spreads from infected to uninfected glands mainly during the milking process, and by Streptococcus uberis, a bacterium that is most commonly acquired from the environment. The purpose of this research project is to evaluate the impact of measures to prevent and control the spread of infection of the most common mastitis causing bacteria in Ireland. Additionally, we aim to evaluate antimicrobial use, treatment efficacy, antimicrobial resistance and to understand the management risk factors most associated with these infections.


The successful candidate will join a team with a track record of success in this research topic and have access to world-class research infrastructure. There will be opportunities throughout the programme for professional development training, conference attendance and international travel to expand your research interests.

Further information and Application

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree or a minimum of a 2.2 degree and a Master’s degree in Agriculture, Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Nutrition or similar subjects. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor: Dr Peter Down (

Candidates should apply online and include a CV.  When completing the online application form, please select the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, then xxx eg. PhD Veterinary Medicine and Science (36m) and, once submitted, send your student ID number to

Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to the Continuing Education Team, (email:

Interview Date: 


Start Date: 

December 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter

Closing date

The position will be filled when suitable candidates have been identified.  Early application is strongly encouraged.

Eligibility for Funding

This is a fully funded studentship open to applications from UK and ROI nationals.  If you have a different nationality or immigration status that you would like to discuss, please do get in touch.

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