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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.

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

Media Releases

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Current Opportunities

* PhD studentship (2016-2018) funded by AHDB Beef and Lamb

https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectdetails.aspx?PJID=73373

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 health and behaviour (e.g precision technologies). 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 studying the interaction of epidemiology with social attitudes of stakeholders to disease. 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 collaborate with social scientists and use range of qualitative and quantitative methods for this research.

My current research projects involves:

SHEEP

  • EL4L: Development and validation of a system for automatic detection of lameness in sheep (BBSRC/Innovate UK) 2016-2017 in collaboration with Intel, Farm Wizard and Hp as Industry partners.
  • SPILaMM-Sheep Performance Improvement through Lameness Monitoring and Management (Innovate UK) 2015-2018 Academic Lead (Dunbia and FarmWizard Industry partners)
  • Is multistrain infection by Dichelobacter nodosus important in the severity of footrot and in the management of disease? (BBSRC) 2015-2018 in collaboration with with Prof Laura Green , Dr Kevin Purdy and Prof Matt Kelling (Univ of Warwick)

  • Understanding inflammatory processes in ovine footrot to inform rational vaccine design (BBSRC) 2015-2018 in collaboration with Dr Sabine Totemeyer, Dr Tracey Coffey, Dr Richard Emes, Peers Davies (University of Nottingham) and Prof G. Entrican (Moredun)

  • Overcoming the barriers to uptake of best welfare practice by sheep farmers (DEFRA) in collaboration with with Prof Laura Green (Univ of Warwick), Prof Eamonn Ferguson (Univ of Nottingham). 2011-2015

CATTLE

  • Infectious disease control in dairy cows: Provision of practical guidance on vaccination and biosecurity using a combined approach (part of Dairy Co-research partnership, £2.5 million, 5 year programme of research covering many aspects of animal health, welfare and nutrition) Work Package 4. 2011-2016
  • Working towards understanding of improved heminth control in cattle (Univ of Nottingham and Dairy Co) PhD Camille Bellet 2013-2016

Current PhD Students

Camille Bellet

Al-Agele Ramzi

Research Fellow

Dr Orla Shortall

Past PhD students

  • An evaluation of the dynamics and aetiology of topographical and clinical descriptors of hock lesions in dairy cows (Malaysia Nottingham Doctoral Programme (MNDP)) PhD Poh Ying Lim 2011-2014.
  • Behaviour and welfare of lame dairy cows (Univ of Nottingham) PhD Giuliana Miguel Pacheco 2012-2015

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.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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