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Peers Davies

Clinical Lecturer in Sheep Health and Production, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Peers Davies grew up on a sheep and beef farm in North Wales, graduating from University of Cambridge vet school in 2008 he then worked in farm animal practice in Devon and North Wales. In 2010 he established Pro-Ovine Sheep Veterinary Consultancy Ltd providing expertise in sheep health and management and production systems to commercial sheep producers throughout the UK, Ireland and EU.

In 2013 Peers was appointed as a clinical lecturer in sheep health and production at University of Nottingham Veterinary School, where he contributes to the teaching of sheep and cattle material to pre-clinical and clinical students as well as developing and leading the Farm Animal Medicine & Skills final year clinical rotation.

He completed a PhD is molecular epidemiology of S.uberis mastitis in 2016 and is a resident of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (ECSRHM).

He is working closely with colleagues within the department on a range of research projects connected to health, welfare and productivity in sheep. His principal interest is in antibiotic usage and resistance in dairy and sheep systems and the dynamics of AMR transmission with livestock systems and their wider environment.

Current Research Projects and Grants

  1. AHDB Beef and Lamb 'Production limiting diseases of sheep - Analysis of the health, welfare and production impact of MV, OPA, OJD and BDv on commercial sheep flocks in the UK and options for control: 2017-18 (Principal Investigator) £42,250
  1. KESS2 (Welsh Government funding) in collaboration with University of Bangor 'Improving the efficiency of sheep production through environmental management' 2017-2021 (Co-Principal Investigator) £72,000
  1. EPSRC/BtG The role of sheep in the transmission of AMR between farm environments-recolonization of sheep feet post footbath treatment, 2017, Co-Investigator) £17,398
  1. AHDB PhD Studentship: Optimising the use of footbathing for control and prevention of lameness in sheep, 2017-2020, (Co- Principal Investigator) £69,000
  1. AHDB Beef and Lamb PhD studentship 'A data driven approach to understand ewe, lamb, flock and farmer factors influencing production in lowland farms' (Co-Investigator) 2016-20: £69,321
  2. AHDB Beef and Lamb PhD studentship 'The impact of Maedi-Visna on commercial sheep flocks' (Co-Investigator) 2016-20: £69,321
  1. Innovate UK Agri-Tech Catalyst Funding 'SPILaMM-Sheep Performance Improvement through Lameness Monitoring and Management' 2016-2019 (Co-Investigator), £565,108.
  1. Innovate UK Agri-Tech Catalyst Funding 'EL4L' -Development and validation of a system for automatic detection of lameness in sheep' (Co-Investigator), 2016-17: £242,492.
  1. EPSRC/BtG The role of sheep in the transmission of AMR between farms and between environments, 2016-2017,( Co-Investigator) £9,735
  1. BBSRC ARC BB/M012085/1: Understanding inflammatory processes in ovine footrot to inform rational vaccine design 2015-2018 (Co-Investigator) £620,891
  1. KTN BSAS Student vacation scholarship 'Identifying the basic host defence processes in ovine polyarthritis ('joint ill')' (Co-Investigator), 2015: £2,500.
  1. Innovate UK Agri-Tech Catalyst Funding 'Evaluation of MALDI-TOF-MS to differentiate sub species of the pathogen Streptococcus uberis to provide an improved approach to mastitis treatment and control. (Co-Investigator), 2014-16: £230,600.

Teaching Summary

Development of clinical competency of final year vet students in sheep and beef population medicine with an emphasis on understanding of the practical and commercial context of the veterinary… read more

Research Summary

Antimicrobial usage in commercial UK dairy and sheep systems

AMR dynamics in livestock and the enviroment

Molecular epidemiology and transmission dynamics of S.uberis clinical mastitis in commercial dairy herds.

Molecular epidemiology of pathogens associated with ovine lameness

Innovate means of detecting, recording and managing lameness in commercial flocks

'Big data' approaches to sheep and beef production analytics

Fertility and Fecundity correlation with grass availability and weather conditions in commercial sheep flocks

Maedi Visna transmission and methods of 'genetic rescue' from high value individuals

Selected Publications

Development of clinical competency of final year vet students in sheep and beef population medicine with an emphasis on understanding of the practical and commercial context of the veterinary professional as a pro-active advisor, able to add value to farming businesses.

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