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Marnie Brennan

Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine and Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Marnie graduated with a veterinary science degree from Murdoch University, Australia in 1998 and spent several years working in mixed practice in Australia and the UK. She worked for the State Veterinary Service during the foot and mouth disease outbreak in the UK from 2001-2002, and then in peacetime from 2002-2004. Between 2005 and 2008 Marnie conducted a PhD in veterinary epidemiology entitled 'Contacts between cattle farms and their role in pathogen transmission' at the University of Liverpool. She worked temporarily for the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) before joining the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at The University of Nottingham in February 2009.

Expertise Summary

Marnie is a Lecturer in Epidemiology and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine. She is currently responsible for convening the embedded module epidemiology and biostatistics.

Teaching Summary

Marnie is involved in a variety of teaching across all 5 years of the veterinary undergraduate course. Her main teaching role relates to the use of clinical epidemiological tools in the field of… read more

Research Summary

Marnie has large involvement in the development and research carried out within the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine. The research of the Centre focuses on assisting practitioners to… read more

Selected Publications

Marnie is involved in a variety of teaching across all 5 years of the veterinary undergraduate course. Her main teaching role relates to the use of clinical epidemiological tools in the field of evidence-based veterinary medicine, and general epidemiological concepts in relation to conducting research and understanding the 'science' behind research.

Current Research

Marnie has large involvement in the development and research carried out within the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine. The research of the Centre focuses on assisting practitioners to generate research questions relevant to them and to clinical practice, and to help disseminate the results from relevant research back to the veterinary profession. Marnie is also involved in research currently looking at the motivators and barriers involved in producers undertaking biosecurity and vaccination on dairy farms.

Past Research

Marnie's PhD research examined the direct and indirect contacts that occurred between cattle farms in a region. This was done by conducting interview-based questionnaires with cattle farmers within a selected region of England. These contacts were examined both descriptively and using contact network analysis, and hypothesized on the effect of such contacts on disease transmission. This included looking at factors that might affect the transmission likelihood of such contacts, such as any biosecurity carried out by cattle producers and their attitudes towards such preventive measures. In addition, the role of these contact routes in pathogen transmission was investigated by comparing known contacts with the genetic similarities or differences of Cryptosporidium parasites isolated from calves on the farms.

Future Research

Marnie is interested in research relating to evidence-based veterinary medicine, including common conditions identified through veterinary consultations, synthesis of evidence for clinical decision-making, and sources of information utilized by the veterinary profession.

She is also interested in research relating to the use of disease prevention and control measures on farms and in other animal systems, the use of GPS technologies to study routes of infectious disease transmission and the use of sociological research methods in veterinary science.

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

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