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Jasmeet Kaler

Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Farm Animal Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Jasmeet graduated as a vet from India in 2002. She came to England and completed a Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College in 2004. Following her masters she completed a PhD at University of Warwick on epidemiology of lameness in sheep in 2008. She worked at Warwick as a post doctoral research fellow since 2008 up until joining the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at The University of Nottingham in 2010.

Jasmeet is Chair of School's Athena Swan SAT and Ruminant Population Health Strategic Research Area Leader.

Awards

  • Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the year, awarded in 2015 by UFAW (Universities Federation of Animal Welfare)
  • Runner -up for 2011 Scopus Young Researcher Award in Health and Medical Sciences awarded by Elsevier in association with the US/UK Fulbright Commission.

Expertise Summary

Jasmeet is a Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Farm Animal Health.

Teaching Summary

I am module convener for Animal Health and Welfare 1 (D11AHW) for Year 1.

Research Summary

My main area of research interest is epidemiology of infectious diseases in livestock. The focus of my research is in the application of various epidemiological tools while working in… read more

Selected Publications

Media Releases

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Current Opportunities

* PhD studentship (2017-2020) funded by AHDB Dairy

https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectdetails.aspx?PJID=81297

* Resarch Fellow

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/MED029317

* PhD studentship (2017-2020) funded by AHDB Beef and Lamb

https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectdetails.aspx?PJID=83469

Current Research

My main area of research interest is epidemiology of infectious diseases in livestock. The focus of my research is in the application of various epidemiological tools while working in multidisciplinary teams, developing and validating tools to measure animal health and behaviour (e.g precision technologies), investigating factors that influence disease on farms. The studies range from observational studies and clinical trials to the use of statistical and mathematical modelling frameworks including the use of advanced multivariable and multivariate techniques in advancement of our understanding of disease processes in animal populations, trials to validate technologies where I collaborate with Industry and engineers.

And alongside I study the interaction of epidemiology with psychosocial factors of stakeholders in context of disease management. I am interested in decision making processes, understanding risk perception, and potential barriers in adopting a new technology/treatment , since these influence the management of diseases. I use range of qualitative and quantitative methods for this research.

My current research projects :

SHEEP

  • A study to quantify usage patterns and understand perceptions towards antimicrobial use on sheep and beef farms (Principal Investigator) (PhD studentship Funded by AHDB Beef and Lamb 2017-2020)

  • Evidence Based Decisions for Lamb Production. (Principal Investigator) (PhD studentship Funded by AHDB Beef and Lamb). 2016-2019 Industry partners: Sainsbury's and Dunbia.
  • EL4L: Development and validation of a system for automatic detection of lameness in sheep (Principal Investigator and Project Lead ) (BBSRC/Innovate UK) 2016-2017; Industry Partners INTEL, Farm Wizard and HPE .
  • SPILaMM-Sheep Performance Improvement through Lameness Monitoring and Management Academic Lead (Funded by Innovate UK) 2015-2019 (Dunbia and FarmWizard Industry partners), for more detail see https://spilamm2017.wixsite.com/spilamm
  • Is multistrain infection by Dichelobacter nodosus important in the severity of footrot and in the management of disease? Co-Investigator (funded by BBSRC) 2015-2018 (collaboration with with Prof Laura Green (PI) , Dr Kevin Purdy and Prof Matt Kelling (Univ of Warwick)

  • Understanding inflammatory processes in ovine footrot to inform rational vaccine design . Co-Investigator (funded by BBSRC) 2015-2018 on project led by Dr Sabine Totemeyer.

CATTLE

  • Dairy Cow Housed Environment (Co-investigator part of AHDB-research partnership, programme of research covering many aspects of animal health and welfare).

Housing, management and well being of dairy cows : consumer percption and cultural values 2017-2019 with Prof Martin Green and Dr Kate Millar and Dr Orla Shortall.

Industry Partners

AHDB Beef and Lamb, AHDB Dairy

Dunbia

Farm Wizard

HPE

Intel

Sainsburys

Current Team Members

Eliana Lima (PhD student)

Emma Gurney (Research Technician)

Jurgen Mitsch (ADAC, Research Assistant)

Past Research

My past research has been focused on the epidemiology of lameness in sheep in particular footrot- one of the main health, welfare and economic challenges facing the sheep industry in the UK and other sheep producing countries. My PhD work contributed towards the understanding of farmer recognition of most common foot lesions, lameness in sheep with their decisions to catch lame sheep and development and testing of a locomotion scoring scale in sheep. This research contributed towards a manual and a CD on minimising lameness in sheep produced by EBLEX.

During my postdoctoral position at Warwick I worked in a multidisciplinary team with environmental ecologists and microbiologists to study the persistence of Dichelobacter nodosus and its role in the pathogenesis of footrot. During this time I co-wrote with Prof Laura Green BBSRC- India Partnering Award to establish collaboration with Indian scientists on footrot. I was also awarded BBSRC-International Scientific Interchange Scheme 2008 and spent 3 weeks in Australia learning about the footrot and participated in discussions with scientists and policy makers.

Previous Projects:

  • Overcoming the barriers to uptake of best welfare practice by sheep farmers (DEFRA) in collaboration with Prof Laura Green (Univ of Warwick), Prof Eamonn Ferguson (Univ of Nottingham). 2011-2015
  • Work package 4: Infectious disease control on dairy farms:( part of AHDB 2.5M reserach partnership)

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