Dr Zoe Willis

Dr Zoe Willis Council Member

Contact Email: earlycareercouncil@bsas.org.uk / Z.Willis.1@warwick.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Warwick

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Health and Disease

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD project looks at furthering our understanding of footrot in sheep by studying the virulence factors and strain community of the main bacterium that causes this highly endemic disease.

Being part of the Early Career Council has allowed me to develop strong collaborations with other students, researchers and industries who I wouldn't have had contact with otherwise.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones Council Member

Contact Email: andy.jones@rothamsted.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Rothamsted Research & University of Bristol

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Production

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD aiming to optimise pasture-based sheep production systems through the development of a definitive set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be used by sheep producers.

BSAS has given me the opportunity to interact with other early career scientists, develop my existing research skills and gain awareness of the research currently being undertaken in my field.

Sophie Hazelden

Sophie Hazelden Council Member

Contact Email: bssch@leeds.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Leeds

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Animal nutrition and gut health

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Pigs

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD looking at the effect of zinc oxide on post-weaning performance and gut heath parameters in the newly weaned pig.

Since an undergraduate, BSAS has provided me with the opportunity to present my ongoing research; network with like-minded people and share experiences with those at a similar stage in their career as myself.

Viola Farci

Viola Farci Council Member

Contact Email: v.farci.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Glasgow

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition and Health

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Horses and Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD project is focused on the effect of feed processing on digestibility and microbiome of horses and ruminants

 

Dr Jamie McFadzean

Dr Jamie McFadzean Council Member

Contact Email: jamie.mcfadzean@defra.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Health & Disease Policy

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Producation Livestock

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: Senior Policy Advisor on zoonotic disease delivering effective and evidence based zoonotic disease control policy for the UK livestock sector.

Annie Williams

Annie Williams Council Member

Contact Email: awilliams@agrimin.co.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: I work from home in Shropshire but our main office is in North Lincolnshire

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep & Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I work as Export Manager & Technical Support at Agrimin. Our main focus is mineral bolus technology and my role is in Europe with technical support for our UK based sales tea

Dr Katie McDermott

Dr Katie McDermott Council Member

Contact Email: k.mcdermott@leeds.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Leeds

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition, Production & Health

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Pigs

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am currently working as a postdoc and I am involved with research and undergraduate teaching. 

Hayley Marshall

Hayley Marshall Council Member

Contact Email: Hayley.Marshall1@nottingham.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Nottingham

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Health & Disease

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am a PhD student working to optimising the use of footbathing for the prevention of lameness in sheep. 

Lucy Ross

Lucy Ross Council Member

Contact Email: Lucy.Ross@nottingham.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Nottingham

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Production

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Dairy Cows

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD researching heifer rearing and whole-farm feed efficiency in UK dairy systems in partnership with AHDB.

Victoria Lindsay

Victoria Lindsay Council Member

Contact Email: VLindsay18@rvc.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Royal Veterinary College

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Genomics

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Horses

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD investigating the genetic architecture of the muscular syndrome exertional rhabdomyolysis in horses.

Joana Lima

Joana Lima Council Member

Contact Email: joana.lima@sruc.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: SRUC & University of Edinburgh

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Genetics, Genomics & Metagenomics

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Beef Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD project is about putative associations between the microbiome and metagenome from the rumen of beef cattle and production traits of the host, including weight gain, appetite and feed conversion efficiency.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith Council Member

Contact Email: Paul.Smith@teagasc.ie

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Teagasc & University College Dublin

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Production

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD aimed at furthering our understanding of the biological mechanisms of methane production to aid climate change mitigation strategies for ruminant livestock production.

Stuart Kirwan

Stuart Kirwan Council Member

Contact Email: Stuart.Kirwan.1@ucdconnect.ie

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University College Dublin

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Beef Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: The objective of my PhD is to investigate the effects of low protein diets, natural additives, feeding by-products to beef cattle as a means of reducing N excretion and altering the nitrogen excretion pathway from urinary to faecal nitrogen and to investigate feeding novel dietary supplements in vitro on their potential in reducing nitrogen excretion using the RUSITEC artifical rumen system.

George Peart

George Peart Council Member

Contact Email: George.Peart@genusplc.com

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: SRUC and Genus Plc

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Production and genetics

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My MSc in Agricultural Professional Practice focused on farm and animal genetic resources and agrobiodiversity. After graduation in summer 2020 I will be joining Genus Plc as a Graduate Management Trainee.

Hollie Riddell

Hollie Riddell Council Member

Contact Email: h.riddell@bangor.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Bangor University

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Environmental Impacts/Production

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD project is exploring the environmental footprint of lamb production, including greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, water quality, land and resource use, across different production systems in the UK (lowland, upland and hill).

Eric Newton

Eric Newton Council Member

Contact email: eric.newton@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job? 

A: I am currently working from The University of Reading

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with? E.g. Health & Disease, Welfare, Production, Genetics, Policy or other word as you see fit. Environmental Impacts/Production

A:Dairy Quality and Microbiology

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with? 

A: Dairy Cows

Q: In one sentence explain the focus of your PhD

A: The objective of my PhD is aimed at further understanding the nutritional and microbiological implications concerning the introduction of alternative source phycological supplementation of dairy cattle for consumers and the public health. 

 

Holly Vickery

Holly Vickery Council Member

Contact email: h.m.vickery@reading.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job? 

A: The University of Reading

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with? 

A: Behaviour and welfare 

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with? 

A: Goats

Q: In one sentence explain the focus of your PhD/job

A: My PhD is focused on understanding the behaviour and welfare of goat kids during the milk feeding stage and weaning transition. I am also a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Department of Animal Science and convene the Animal Welfare module.

Hazel Rooney

Hazel Rooney Council Member

Contact email: hazel.rooney@alltech.com

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: I am currently based in Alltech’s European Headquarters in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland.

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Predominately animal nutrition and production, with a small focus on animal welfare and health.

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with? 

A: Currently my role is associated with pigs only. However, I will also be working with poultry in the future.

Q: In one sentence explain the focus of your PhD/job

A: I am the Pig Technical Co-Ordinator for Alltech Ireland and my focus is to understand the challenges faced by the Irish Pig Industry, and how we at Alltech can help our producers to overcome those challenges. I recently completed a one-year collaborative Postdoc project with the Teagasc Pig Development Department and the Teagasc Food Chemistry Department in the area of weaner nutrition (November 2019-2020). Prior to that, I obtained a PhD in sow nutrition with University College Dublin and the Teagasc Pig Development Department (2016-2019). The title of my research thesis was ‘Maternal feeding strategies during gestation and lactation to optimise annual sow output and to promote the growth and development of progeny from large litters’.   

Bethan John

Bethan John Council Member

Contact email: B.John2@liverpool.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Liverpool

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Veterinary Parasitology

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Ruminant livestock 

Q: In one sentence explain the focus of your PhD/job

A: My PhD project looks at furthering our understanding of liver fluke survival on pasture and in grass silage, alongside investigating the genetic diversity of liver flukes intermediate snail host and how this impacts parasite transmission.

Being a member of the BSAS ECC is extremely fulfilling, it has given me the opportunity to regularly connect with other early career researchers across a broad range of disciplines from both academia and industry settings.

Oliver Ashton

Oliver Ashton Council Member

Contact email: oashton01@qub.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Queen’s University Belfast & Devenish Nutrition

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Animal Nutrition, Health and Biochemistry

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Pigs

Q: In one sentence explain the focus of your PhD/job

A: My project aims to develop and characterise novel feed supplements which minimise infection and improve immunity in piglets.

BSAS ECC allows me to meet people in a similar area of research, with varied careers. BSAS also provides the opportunities to present research and get involved with conferences.

Emily Roskam

Emily Roskam Council Member

Contact email: Emily.Roskam@teagasc.ie

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A:Teagasc & National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition, Production, Microbiology

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Beef cattle and sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

The focus of my PhD is developing and validating novel anti-methanogenic additives which can be made into a slow release option such as encapsulation or in a bolus, in order to suit a pastoral system of agriculture. I will be analysing the additive’s effects on ruminal VFA fermentation patterns and the rumen microbial population.

Caroline O’Donnell

Caroline O’Donnell Council Member

Contact email: c.odonnell64@nuigalway.ie

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A. National University of Ireland Galway & Teagasc 

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A. Production and Microbiology

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A. Ruminant livestock (sheep and beef cattle)

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A. My PhD project is focused on developing a novel antimicrobial treatment to reduce methane emissions from ruminant livestock. 

Olivia Bolton

Olivia Bolton Council Member

Contact email: obolton@live.harper.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A. Harper Adams University

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A. Behaviour, health and welfare

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A. Dairy calves

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A. My PhD is looking at the behavioural, physiological and production effects of dairy cow-calf rearing systems.

Katie Dubarry

Katie Dubarry Council Member

Contact email: katie.dubarry@ed.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

The Roslin Institute in the Ruminant Functional Genomics group, & SRUC.

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

Genetics and genomics

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

Sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

My PhD looks at the gene expression of immune cells circulating in the bloodstream. It aims to discover new genetic variants that could be used in breeding programmes. I hope that my project will contribute to the future breeding of healthier sheep that are more resilient to disease.

Q: What has being a member of the BSAS ECC council meant for you?

I’m looking forward to contributing to the great work of the ECC, providing a voice and events for our Early Career members.